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Carnegie Mellon University Terminates Curator, Inspires Backlash

by Corinna Kirsch on January 28, 2014
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As of last week Carnegie Mellon University effectively has no contemporary art gallery. Astria Suparak, director and curator of the Miller Gallery, the university’s one contemporary art space, was terminated at the close of the winter break.

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OMG GIFs on FB

by Gabriela Vainsencher on August 29, 2013
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Platforms for GIF makers keep expanding. Thanks to a new workaround by Giphy users can now post animated GIFs on Facebook. Lets see how long it takes Facebook to censure this double-jointed, vaguely sexual image by Lorna Mills.

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With “Trigger Treat,” PRISM Gets A Foe

by Corinna Kirsch on June 18, 2013
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Let’s face it, at this point, there’s no stopping PRISM. Sure, coalitions have formed to protest the NSA for greater transparency about its spying programs, but Goliath is rarely beaten with a petition. So, if Goliath can’t be beat, maybe he can be tricked. That’s where artists Anthony Antonellis and Carlos Sáez come in.

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Frank Gehry Will Design Facebook’s New York Headquarters

by Corinna Kirsch on June 4, 2013
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Now that the world’s museums have nearly exhausted the Gehry aesthetic, his firm has found a new clientele in Facebook. According to Mashable, Facebook just signed a 10-year lease on office space at 770 Broadway, which will include an interior designed by Frank Gehry.

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The Art World is Crumbling, but We Have Chromatic Dinosaurs

by Corinna Kirsch on February 8, 2012
  • Walmart is full of evil; they’re screwing with Miami Basel. [Artnet]
  • Carol Vogel writes about the Met like it’s fallen into a doomsday scenario: “the fountains are leaking, the sidewalk is crumbling, and the trees are dying.” [The New York Times]
  • Junk Jet just released its newest issue about all things “net-heart!”. You can see most of the issue on Junk Jet‘s Flickr; and it includes essays and images by a “who’s who” list of net-aware writers, curators, and artists like Nicholas O’BrienArtie VierkantRafaël Rozendaal, and Bea Fremderman. Oh, and it includes an essay by our Editor-in-Chief, Will Brand. <3333s! [Junk Jet]
  • One of our Associate Editors, Whitney Kimball has an expert’s eye for painting. Here, she reviews Sarah McEneaney’s show at Tibor de Nagy. [New American Paintings]
  • Facebook won’t allow its users to post photos that show breast feeding. Moms are mad; protests have been happening outside of Facebook offices worldwide. [Tiny Nibbles]
  • You Tube’s full of hidden goodies. It’s not just funny puppies and cute kitties – or cute puppies and funny kitties; it has oodles of early computer animation to sift through. Not to be too hipster in my choice of subject matter, but Chromosaurus, a mesmerizing video of shiny dinosaurs, is a great place to start exploring the corners of early CGI. [YouTube]
  • According to this lawsuit, porn can’t be copyrighted. [Torrent Freak]
  • Andrew Andrew, one of our nominees for the AFCRPAAaA*, give a feisty video review of the downtown theater scene, chock full of banter ranging from what ants eat for dinner to sticking a dick in a plant. [Paper]
  • Many thanks to another one of our AFCRPAAaA* awards nominees, Adam Lindemann, who just gave AFC a new tagline: “What you do is great, if somewhat misguided.” Yes, these are words of wisdom. [Twitter]
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Lists About Art Taste Like Gummy Bears and Cure the Blues

by Reid Singer on November 4, 2011
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The only offensive thing about Halle’s list is that it might give people the impression that they’ve actually learned something. I really hope commenters were being ironic when they applauded the “art history” lesson available from the slideshow captions; apparently some people can’t imagine how real art history might differ from a brief paragraph with some fun facts. This list is too brief, too arbitrary, and too thin to gather anyone’s attention for more than a few minutes. It is a tremendous success.

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Are Facebook Friendly Squares Necessary?

by Reid Singer on September 15, 2011
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Silly at best, Facebook’s policy on offensive content is being enforced with little regard to consistency or common sense, and Fotografiska is right to draw attention to it. It doesn’t bother me a bit that their act of satire will bring all the more attention to an exhibition of work by a photographer whose work has been subject to arbitrary, outdated notions of decency in the past.

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