Over the past week, our inboxes have been filling up with e-cards, and we’ve received plenty from art galleries and non-profits. Looking at our inbox activity this week, it appears the art world has upped their card-sending game. What used to be a simple, “Happy Holidays!” has now turned into a splashy endeavor ranging from artist commissions to quipping about the Mayan Apocalypse.
Unless you’re on a gallery’s mailing list, you won’t be receiving these cards. But lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of this year’s holiday e-card standouts, with both the joys and pitfalls. Enjoy.
Creative Time (New York)
Creative Time commissioned artists Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw to make a Where’s Waldo?
- inspired holiday card. Seek and ye shall find Creative Time staffers in the heavens and Andy Warhol and the Pope hidden below. Galleri Nicolai Wallner (Copenhagen)
Jeppe Hein, Mirror Labyrinth
Nothing says holiday time like snow. Or Denmark.
Fluent Collaborative (Austin)
Fluent Collaborative sent out Snow
, an icy collage by Eric Zimmerman, even though Austin receives so little in the way of frozen white fluff from the skies.Klaus von Nichtssagend (New York)
Like many galleries, Klaus von Nichtssagend will be off on vacation through the new year. While the boss is away, Kitten Klaus will rule the block.L.A. Louver (Los Angeles)
We’ve let our ornithologist license lapse, so we’re not sure what kind of bird this is, but whatever it is, it’s not particularly festive. While blackbirds, crows, and ravens show up on Christmas cards all the time (at least according to Google image search), we’re not sure what type of message L.A. Louver wants to convey with this ominous chirper. Doom and gloom for the New Year, perhaps?Half Gallery (New York)
Half Gallery gives you half a season’s greetings.Tanya Bonakdar (New York)
With the Apocalypse happening today, nobody knows if we’ll even make it to 2013. Tanya Bonakdar’s e-card pokes fun at all that fuss, and for that, it’s our favorite. Peggy Preheim’s Now Man stacks mysterious figures atop one another like a triple-layer sundae; she begins at the bottom with a lively snowman, then a Mayan calendar, and then the cherry on top is a Masonic eye.