But while the Internet is damn near flooded with GIFs galore, Art Basel has been sadly bereft since its inception in 2002.
But be sad no longer, fans of memes and adorable kittens and Honey Boo Boo. The mighty GIF is finally getting the art world recognition it deserves, thanks to an exhibit presented by Tumblr and Paddle8 during Art Basel this year.
Artinfo.com reports that Tumblr is now accepting submissions of GIFs from anyone on the Internet. Those chosen by Paddle8 curators will appear in a "physical, brick-and-mortar exhibition" during Basel week this year. The selection council includes REM's Michael Stipe and the sisters behind Rodarte, among others. And you'll be able to see more in an online exhibit at movingthestill.paddle8.com.
Finally, an Art Basel event as lowbrow as we are. As arts and culture authorities here in Miami, may we humbly submit the following for inclusion?
Ciara LaVelle is New Times' arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University, moved to Florida in 2004, and landed a job as a travel writer. For reasons that seemed sound at the time, she gave up her life of professional island-hopping to join New Times' staff in 2011. She left the paper in 2014 to start a family, but two years and two babies later, she returned in the hopes that someone on staff would agree to babysit. No takers yet.