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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on August 7, 2011

A new Banksy addresses the News of the World/News Corp phone tapping scandal (via banksy.co.uk)

This week’s Required Reading … Banksy chimes in on the phone-tapping scandal in Britain, there are going to be more Damien Hirst dot paintings than you can imagine at Gagosian Galleries worldwide early next year, affordable Warhols, what do you do with a stolen art work, who is Sam Maloof, Hans Hoffmann as a great art teacher, how the “Mona Lisa” became famous and the problem with “minorities.”

 Are you ready for Hirst-a-palooza? I’m already seeing spots.

 While many Andy Warhols are astronomically priced, there are some early works that are rather affordable. So, if you really really want to own a Warhol …

 Ever wonder what a thief does with an art work after they steal it? Seems art goes for a major discount:

People who will buy stolen art from you on five percent of its value and then try to move it on. Once it goes into the underworld, criminals will trade stolen artwork.

 Want to learn more about famed American furniture designer Sam Maloof? Here‘s a great Smithsonian blog post to start.

 A video glimpse at what it must have been like to study with the great art teacher Hans Hoffmann in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where many great 20th C. American artists went to learn about modern art.

 Ever wonder what made the “Mona Lisa” famous? NPR points to the theft of the painting in 1911.

 Here is a very good suggestion that journalists stop using the term “minority” since it lumps together a diverse groups that, well, have little in common. I second this idea … particularly for visual arts writing.

Required Reading is published every Sunday morning, and it is comprised of a short list of art-related links (10 or less) to long-form articles, videos, blog posts or photo essays worth a second look.

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  • http://twitter.com/cmonstah Carolina A. Miranda

    I’m sorry, but the term “people of color” makes me want to claw my eyeballs out. As long as we’re minorities (which we still are, at a national level, for a few more minutes), I’ll prefer it to that absolutely specious phrase, which is just a bass ackwards way of saying “colored people.” Barf.

    • http://bespangled.tumblr.com Janelle

      I think, depending on the context, I’m more likely to say “more marginalized groups,” but there’s a bigger judgment inherent in that (hence it depending when I say it). I don’t think there’s any best term yet, short of being more specific/verbose. 

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