Iar II, a wood sculpture by Joaquin Ortega, in collaboration with Nayra Pérez Pimienta.(Image courtesy of Ortega.)
- Deep thoughts from a 15-year-old about why museums suck: “The Getty has art of naked people all over the place; naked people on horses, naked men wearing helmets, naked women on rocks, a naked woman with a piece of cloth across her lap—they were pretty graphic sculptures. I don’t get it, why would a naked man wear a protective helmet when he should be protecting something more important?” (@ranjit.)
- The best way to look at art: alone…
- …on a treadmill.
- How Trevor Paglen turns government secrets into art, in the New Yorker. (Subscription required.)
- Recreating Google Street View.
- “How Contemporary Art Lost Its Glamour.”
- “Good critics are expensive. I am expensive. Academics work for free to get tenure, and, since they are worried about the approval of their colleagues, they are fearful of making value judgments. Also, most of my peers and contemporaries learned how to write magazine journalism. We know how to do a transition, we know how to do a lead, we know what a hook is, and we’re literate. Most critics today come out of art academia, where they don’t even understand the future-imperfect tense.” — Dave Hickey, in an intriguing-interesting, all kinds of rambly Q&A about the good ‘ol days, when the art world was a super-great Wild West run by 12 white guys.
- Ai Weiwei makes a Gangnam Style parody. Chinese censors block it.
- Nice round-up of the arts scene in Santiago, Chile.
- The sad-amazing story of Monarch Bear, the bear on California’s flag.
- On Tina Brown, Robert Hughes and the end of Newsweek in print: an interesting essay by former Time mag editor Jim Kelly.
- How Anthony Bourdain has left “a crude hickey on this country’s food culture.”
- Junot Diaz, on his sci-fi influences and young girls who battle skyscraper-sized monsters.
- Speaking of sci-fi: how microbes can manipulate your mind.
- The Sound of Earth, a spherical vinyl record.
Congrats to Dan from Vancouver for winning the LP Guide giveaway!