Shinjuku, 6:43, by Joseph O. Holmes — to benefit the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund. (Image courtesy of Holmes and 20×200.)
- Things that are brilliant: Hennessy Youngman — explaining relational aesthetics, and how to be a successful black artist.
- Even more: Youngman interviewed in Art in America — showing a keen understanding of what it means to be an art writer: “Like you as an arts writer, you gotta feel the same way, dedicating yourself to elevating the critical understanding of art, but getting paid crap and busting ass to make ends meet. Meanwhile Rachel Harrison can fart in a jar and make Scrooge McDuck scrilla.”
- From the Department of Crazy Border Politics: An essay on the Erez Crossing, by Richard Moore.
- Plastic: The diet of sea turtles. (Cool Green Science.)
- Parsing the summary judgment in the Patrick Cariou versus Richard Prince copyright case: Art Fag City, Photo District News, New York Times. But, if you really want to dig deep on this, check out this post by Greg Allen. He’s combed through all of the available legal materials, including interviews, and organized them into a book. Should come in handy during the appeal…
- Artists versus Gugg Abu Dhabi: Artists threaten boycott over working conditions at museum site. The museum fires back, saying they’ve made substantial progress in assuring workers’ rights. See the Guggenheim’s full statement here.
- This is sooooo rad: LACMA has created an image database of unrestricted works from their collection. Digital nerds, have at it!!
- Things that are ?!?!??!?!?!?!?: Maine governor wants to remove a mural from the state’s Department of Labor because it reflects labor history.
- “Jeff Koons Must Die!!!”
- From Russia with Love: The photographs of Andreas Neumann.
- How role-playing games have permeated the world of art. (@jomc.)
- From the Department of Me, Me, Me: I’m interviewed on the Dead Hare Radio Hour and talk way too much. Best to fast forward to the second half of the show, to listen to Duncan McKenzie from Bad at Sports, who is all kinds of funny.
- A Disneyland fashion spread. Not sure which piece I love more: the embroidered sweater-vest paired with the Bertha Mae steamboat or the turban with Sleeping Beauty’s castle. (Dinosaurs & Robots.)
- A fascinating piece by critic Jeet Heer on race and racism in vintage comics, in one and two parts.
- Maps that turn in on themselves.
- C-Monster Est: Ancient Graffiti in Context. This story is amazing. And I would loooove to see this book. Too bad it’s $95. For the Kindle version. NUTS. (Thank you, Robin, for the heads up.)
- Today’s Graff: Crin’s knotty tags in Berlin.
- “A mauve zone of pseudo-familiarity.” The world of airport carpets. (@nicolatwilley.)
- Fascinating piece by Justin Davidson on New York’s relationship to its waterfront.
- “We are an insatiable oasis of Gullivers in a shrinking, Lilliputian world of technology.” William Shatner explains microprocessors, circa 1976.
Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal at JFK. Now slated to become a boutique hotel. (Photo by C-M.)
What My Mother Doesn’t Know, a painting by Hector Hernández, spotted at Curbs & Stoops in Brooklyn. (Photo by C-M.)
Martin Juarez, an absolutely stunning image given to me by my pal Least Wanted, aka Mark Michaelson. Buy his book.
Congrats (I think) to Moses Hawk for winning the C-Mon Giveaway Extravaganza, Jeff Koons doing it edition.
Smells on a freight car. (Image courtesy of Smells.)
Soap Bubbles, after 1739, by Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin. (Courtesy of LACMA.)
L’il B, by Zoe Strauss. Part of her shrimp and petroleum series on the U.S. Gulf Coast. (Image courtesy of Strauss.)
Congrats to Mel for winning the C-Mon Giveaway Extravaganza, LP Costa Rica edition.
- A Monopoly House, life size.
- Author Nick Flynn, on why it pays to have a Protestant family when writing a memoir. (Thank you, Liz.)
- “The World is dividing into two blocs—the Plutonomy and the rest.”
- William Donohue of the Catholic League has been so busy sweating the Smithsonian over David Wojnarowicz, it appears he hasn’t had time to read through all his commandments. Namely, the one about lying.
- Related: Jeffrey Goldberg has a good take on the whole controversy and Clough’s cluelessness over at The Atlantic. Plus: More on Clough’s inconsistencies here.
- In which Village Voice art critic Christian Viveros-Faune dismembers Jeff Koons. (Interventions.)
- At Davos: The Damien Hirst spin class.
- Me, me, me on VIP, the online art fair. Plus: An excellent take on all the tech problems from Paddy Johnson. The part about the e-mail addresses is MESSED UP.
- I’m with El Saltzino’s take on Whitney’s Singular Visions show. It is all kinds of fantastic. (Stand-outs, in my mind, include AA Bronson, Eva Hesse and Robert Grosvener — the latter of which looks like it wants to stab you in the heart.)
- A nice review of The Woodmans, the film about photographer Francesca Woodman, who killed herself at 22.
- On art and pranks.
- “So much ruin photography and ruin film aestheticizes poverty without inquiring of its origins, dramatizes spaces but never seeks out the people that inhabit and transform them, and romanticizes isolated acts of resistance without acknowledging the massive political and social forces aligned against the real transformation, and not just stubborn survival, of the city.” An excellent essay in Guernica lays out a taxonomy of Detroit coverage.
- Related: The case against economic disaster porn. (@felixsalmon.)
- The Day in Art Merch, Francophile Edition: Manet high heels and Versailles “Let Them Eat Cake” vanilla candles.
- Which brings me to a story about what some European museums are doing to make money.
- The World of Soviet Groceries.
- Like, whoa: Photos from the Tokyo Auto Salon. Here’s the one I want. (Marshall Astor, via Pink Tentacle.)
- Revok and Insa, gif style.
- Today’s Graff, mellow yellow edition: Eron in Athens.
- Handy: An architectural guide to LA — with map.
- “Up or Down? A Male Economist’s Manifesto on Toilet Seat Etiquette.” (@Atul_Gawande.)
Jeff Soto, in Miami. (Photo by Luna Park.)