In the final chapter of her history of GIF art, Paddy Johnson chronicles the heyday of Google+ and the explosion of brick-and-mortar GIF art exhibitions.
Welcome to part four of this brief journey through the rich history of one of the newest and most popular art forms, the animated GIF. The previous installments are “The Early Years: 1997–2008", “Group Blogs, Surf Clubs, and the Beginning of Social Networking," and “A Brief History of Animated GIF Art: Part Three, Tumblr."
Much has changed in the world of animated GIF makers over the past few years. Social networking sites have become a lot more accommodating to larger GIF file sizes. Limited run online exhibitions have grown in popularity, as have brick and mortar events. As with the Tumblr history outlined in the previous chapter, there's too much activity to document all of it. In this last section, I will outline some of the more seminal sites and exhibitions from between 2011 and 2014, as well as some very recent developments.
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