Miscellany. 12.19.12.


Eko. (Image courtesy of the artist.)

  • I could watch this all day: The Craigslist Assisted Readymade, by Adriana Ramic, showing three free Craiglist items every eight seconds. (@kyle_petreycik.)
  • Damien Hirst has left the building. The Gagosian building, that is.
  • Last month, Jonathan Jones wrote a cranky screed in the Guardian criticizing MoMA’s decision to acquire 14 video games. It was titled, “Sorry MoMA, video games are not art.” It’s an all kinds of ranty thing in which he goes on about why video games can’t possibly be art. (Neglecting to mention that the games were acquired for the museum’s design collection.)
  • Interestingly, in this CBC debate with John Maeda, Jones admits that the last video game he likely experienced was Pong. Glad to see his opinions come from a deep well of considered experience.
  • Not really related, but interesting nonetheless: the Syrian rebel tank that employs a PlayStation controller.
  • Carol Diehl gives Marth Rosler’s MoMA garage sale an atomic knee drop. Worth reading.
  • Nice piece in ARTnews on the ways some arts institutions are engaging military veterans — as both viewers and subject. Makes me wish I coulda seen Krzystztof Wodiczko’s Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection, in Union Square. Looked incredibly moving…
  • Like the use of the word ‘gina in this review of Huma Bhabha’s work at PS1.
  • Some interesting thoughts from the Getty’s James Cuno on how art historians and curators are not quite taking full advantage of the power of the Web.
  • Which brings me to the Closer to Van Eyck project which he describes in his essay. It looks super cool — and I love it when institutions make stuff like this publicly available — but it’d truly be harnessing the power of the web if there were a version that would allow tagging (in the same way Flickr photos or Soundcloud files can be tagged by the public).
  • The NYT runs a vomitous piece on why rich people think the art market is great great great, letting the idea that Art Basel has turned Miami around socially and economically go totally unchallenged. (I guess the reporter missed the Census stats about declining median income in Miami-Dade and the city’s 18% poverty rate.)
  • Speaking of which, a nice response to the rich people mumbo jumbo from Art Fag City
  • Attention New Yorkers: MoMA is screening Christian Marclay’s The Clock starting this weekend.
  • The Walker has posted its first commissioned video, a piece by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. It’ll be online just through December 20, so check it.
  • A history of border walls.
  • Like some bizarre Waterworld nightmare: A story about Hashima, the abandoned island in the latest Bond flick. Watch the embedded video. The footage is worth it.
  • The Day in Art Merch: The Olsen Twins/Damien Hirst handbag, only 35K.
  • And because I’m crafty like that: How to save $34,460 by making your own Olsen/Hirst backpack with a quick and easy visit to Staples and Wal-Mart.
  • Plus: Jeff Koons wine labels. An artful way to drink yourself to death.

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