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Richard Prince’s Instagram Project Isn’t Just Morally Questionable — It’s Boring Art

At this point, there remains very little to say about an artist who has been as roundly, comprehensively, and rightly criticized as Richard Prince has over the years. Even so, there’s something particularly egregious about the art world’s most notorious magpie’s new project, which, as widely reported, consists of printed screenshots of people’s Instagram photos. The fact that Prince has been selling these images for $90,000 apiece probably says more about the gullible nature of fine art collectors than anything else, but it does add insult to injury for anyone who happens to be the subject of one of the pictures that have been lifted. … Read More

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$90,000 Instagram Photos and 2,703 Obama Paintings: Links You Need to See

Before delving into matters with any form of subtlety or nuance, perhaps it’s best to start with a shocking extreme — a logical conclusion, really — of the contemporary American condition. Why yes, that IS a burger whose bun is a golden tapestry of french fries. Then, expanding our reach to extremes of a more international order, we have yet another, er, project that’ll leave you wholly unsettled: Richard Prince had an exhibit at Frieze Art Fair for which he took screen caps of other people’s Instagrams (and made alterations only to the captions) — most of which sold for $90,000. The whole thing seems a massive, cruel (but fascinating?) joke on those who try to benefit socially through the modern art of oversharing: the artist appropriates these staged moments of these people’s lives and reaps more than the subjects could ever dream of from them.   … Read More

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A 20-Year-Old Wrote “Bitch Better Have My Money”: Links You Need to See

Do you love the peace and quiet of your bedroom? Do you enjoy the contained serenity that comes from a day spent watching Netflix? Do you shudder in horror at the thought of setting foot outside, where there are people and places and things? If all (or any) of this applies, then this essay on “the perks of being a shut-in” is for you. Even our crops are realizing fresh air is highly overrated. Besides: who wants to venture out when there are mysterious smoke rings appearing the sky? Were they placed there by the government? Dragons? Aliens? Who knows. You’re better cozied up with your laptop in the relative safety and comfort of your home (unless said laptop coziness involves watching porn, because apparently that’s not a private activity at all). … Read More

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“Hot Dudes Reading” Instagram Reverses the Male Gaze and Makes Print Books Sexy

Scattered throughout the history of Western art, one finds dozens of portraits of girls reading. In this popular pose, the male (or female) artist’s gaze focuses on the female subject, while her own gaze rests modestly on her book, unaware of the watcher. Now, a self-described “group of tight-knit friends” has reversed that classic male gaze — along with the troubling trend that has people turning away from reading books on the train in favor of screens. … Read More

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‘Orphan Black’ Is Releasing Trailers for Its Upcoming Third Season All Week

Orphan Black gets its chills and thrills from the notion of fractured selves — the plethoric potentiality for utter divergence from fundamental… Read More

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Taylor Swift Emerges Victorious After Hacking

At this point, it’s never surprising when high-profile Twitter accounts get hacked (hell, the U.S. Military’s Twitter got hacked recently)… Read More

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“The Future” Is Mostly Annoying: Links You Need To See

Our new year is officially six days old. This means that at least half of the resolutions to lose weight this year have probably been dead for about three days, and in approximately three months your annoying friend or relative is going to make a biting comment about your unmet goals. But what if you could wear that annoying friend or relative around your waist? This man has developed a belt that can “offer suggestions” about when it’s time to shed a few pounds by tracking your waistline, so now you and your friends and your belt can scold your disappointed reflection in the mirror. Of course, it’s hard to imagine any scenario involving these belts that doesn’t end with them being smashed with a hammer. … Read More

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The Celebrity Cats and Dogs of 2014

It’s no secret that cats and dogs dominate the Internet (though cats would take issue with that statement). Throughout the year, adorable photos and heartwarming stories about feline fuzzballs and canine companions distracted us from the daily grind. They became celebrities. With the end of the year in sight, we felt it was only proper to give the most popular pussycats and pups their due. Here are some of the greatest cats and dogs that ruled our hearts in 2014. There is an endless supply of adorbs in the animal department, so be sure to mention any personal favorites, below. … Read More

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Lovely, Disorienting Photos of Spiral Staircases

Common as they may be, great spiral staircases are always breathtaking. Perhaps it’s something about the way they juxtapose dramatic architectural beauty with a sense of danger — look down from the top of a really high one, and it’s impossible not to imagine falling right through the center of it (why yes, there are some Freudian implications to that fear). Munich-based photographer Michael Koller captures both the lovely and the disorienting aspects of spiral staircases in a series of images collected on his Instagram. As Koller told the Instagram blog, it’s the “different shapes and hypnotic depth” of each staircase that makes the photos so striking. … Read More

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