Art Links: Let's All Learn From Theaster Gates

By
Leighann Morris
Image from Theaster Gates' 'Black Artists Retreat', 2013. © Theaster Gates

Positive art news: Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates won the £40,000 Artes Mundi 6 prize and announced that he will split the money with the nine other shortlisted artists. This isn’t too surprising - his work is rooted in social activism and community development. [BBC]

The National Gallery outsourced 400 of its gallery assistants to a private company against their will. This shedding of long-term employees, Polly Toynbee argues, is emblematic of low-pay Britain where a million public jobs are being outsourced. [Guardian]

On a similar tangent, Dulwich Picture Gallery workers (all members of the Unite union) are fighting proposals by senior management to make over half of the current visitor services team redundant, or sign new hours contracts which won’t pay them for overtime. We’re sick of hearing these stories - stop mugging off your lowest paid workers. [Brixton Buzz]

Tate revealed, after a ruling by an information tribunal, just how little sponsorship it gets from BP. This is good news, because its proof that Tate does not need to take money from an oil company that is trying to “greenwash” its reputation. [Guardian]

Luc Tuymans, known for paintings that rework existing photographic material, was found guilty of plagiarism after using a copyrighted photograph as inspiration. Hyperallergic used the case to highlight Europe’s dated copyright laws. [ArtLyst]

See Saw: The New York art-opening app that we all need in our lives. [NY Observer]

GIF-iti artist INSA enlisted a team of 20 and a satellite 431 miles above the earth to create the world's largest GIF. [Mashable]

“Like Rome, whose expansion was too vast, hipsterdom, too, had to fail.” Hipster Runoff went to auction. [Art F City]

“Jonathan Jones is the Jeremy Clarkson of art” - the best Facebook comment we’ve seen so far, responding to Jones’ thoughtless opinions about Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore’s international importance, or rather lack thereof. [Guardian]

Useful: A brief history of the GIF [JasonEppink]

Whoopsy, a farmer discovered that a bent piece of bronze he had used as a doorstop for over a decade was actually a ceremonial dagger dating from 1,500 BCE. [SmithsonianMag]

David Cameron gave Barack Obama a Henry Moore print of Stonehenge. It will join his already clued-up art collection. [ArtCentron]

We love: Digital Sweat by Digital Sweat Gallery, “a platform for digital artists to explore sexual and erotic themes.” [Digital Sweat via Art F City]

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