April 27, 2009
The Digest. 04.26.09.
A nymph takes a satyr to task at the National Archeological Museum in Naples; Herculaneum, circa 1st century A.D. (Photo by C-M .)
Hilarious!! Damien Hirst, the man who brought the world the diamond-encrusted skull, says that the recession will be good for artists: “ The reason why you make art is not financial… It’s not about how much something is worth or how much it costs, it’s about whether it’s good or not.” Plus: Win a painting by Hirst. For reals. ( @theartmarket, AO.) More on the Brandeis/Rose Museum smackdown: the museum’s trustees
ain’t happy. These days, rich people are trying to sell their art
as quietly as possible.
Vanity Fair has an interesting book excerpt about the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. ( AO.)
Trippy stop-motion of Tokyo.
Dot Earth , a NYT blog dedicated to the limits of what the Earth can take. Underlying message: Stop making babies. This isn’t gonna end well. Photo Essay:
The work of Danny Lyon.
Chinese public health posters. Artists spent the weekend
rubbing out illegal billboards in NYC. More here and here. ( @bhoggard.) Chaka, on tagging, in a lengthy profile in the
L.A. Times: “I wasn’t doing anything artistic. It was just getting my name up there.” Today’s Street Art, swine flu edition:
Roa in Belgium. An interesting
video profile of José Parla, a.k.a. Ease, on how the layers of the city inspire his work. The Day in Graffiti Merch:
Dondi Stussy tees. And architectural merch: A Princess Zaha floor lamp. A Texas legislator wants to treat graffiti
as organized crime. Um, don’t you clowns need to be doing stuff like fixing the economy and getting people health care? (Gracias, Johnny.)
A frilly chair. Me like.
¡Architecture world smackdown! Prince Charles versus Everybody!!! More here. Speaking of things Prince Charles would hate:
Photos from the Rem Koolhaas/Prada Transformer launch in Seoul. The building kinda looks like a satellite that crash landed into Earth. Life Without Buildings tries to figure the thing out. More ruminating about
“showy” architecture. ( Arts Journal.) Your moment of
John Waters, on smoking in theatres. Plus: The John Waters art tour. ( AFC.)