From Beyoncé’s Royal Twins to Jerry Saltz’s Poetics: The Best of Art and Social Media This Week
See what's been happening in our social media feeds this week.
In case you missed it, here are the highlights from our favorite social media feeds—all the best retweets and likes from the art world’s trending topics.
1. Diet Tips From Hauser & Wirth’s Gallery Assistant
A truly revelatory e-commerce post from New York mag’s Strategist featured tips from a Hauser & Wirth gallery assistant who schooled us on “What to Buy to Look Like: A Gallery Assistant.” We’ve learned that the staff has a collective obsession with the pricey meat-flavored water from Brodo, which they cleanse from their systems via the hottest beauty trend, Higher Dose, which zaps toxins from your body with infrared beams. Also, did you ever notice that every white cube gallery has the exact same white Simplehuman trash can? It’s uncanny.
2. Blouin It All to Pieces: Fake News From Fake Louise
After layoffs at website Blouin Artinfo, fake generic names were used to byline articles in an effort to mask the fact that the stories were being written remotely from India. (Owner Louise Blouin had outsourced the editorial content to cut costs.) In response, a satirical Louise Blouin twitter account, purportedly run by ex-employees, posted this response:
3. From Starchitecture to Narchitecture
The first-ever Lyon architectural biennial was touted as a place for the starchitects the world over to bring impressive displays of innovation and creativity. But police shut down a work of art by Thierry Boutonnier and architecture firm Fabriques Architectures Paysages because they thought it was a weed farm. Nice job, guys. Jillian Steinhauer of Hyperallergic, who wrote the full story, tweeted out an image and her caption that says it all.
4. Jerry Saltz’s Ode to the Struggle
Later in the week, social media regular Jerry Saltz gave us another perspective on the gallery assistant position, waxing poetic with this tribute to those who toil in the white cube. Now an outspoken art critic, Saltz, it turns out, began his career as a humble assistant, so he comes by his affection honestly.
5. Black Paintings for Dark Times
In one of his famous Black Paintings, Goya mined the darkest corners of his subconscious by illustrating the Greek myth of Titan Cronus (Saturn) devouring his child. Fearing that he will be overthrown by one of his sons, he eats them at birth. Ben Street, an art historian and lecturer, drew parallels between the myth and the current political climate.
6. Queen Mother Beyoncé
Just as the twitterverse was dropping off to sleep last night, Beyoncé went and broke the Internet again, with more than 6.5 million likes. In her latest Instagram post, the bodacious singer introduced her twins Rumi and Sir Carter to the world. The iconic picture comes courtesy of the Los Angeles- and Paris-based photographer Mason Poole.
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