This week, photojournalists and defense contractors, whither Flickr, Michelangelo’s fortifications, a guide to public art in NY this summer, Frank Gehry’s chess set, artist lists and more.
There’s a small controversy brewing in the photography world about the VII photo agency, and one photo journalist in particular, granting permission to weapons manufacturer to use his images. The writer says, “personally though I just find it sick.”
The photographer in question, Ron Haviv, responded via blog post:
I draw a strict line between my photojournalism and commercial campaigns and feature examples of both on my website, where they are clearly labeled for what they are.
And Joerg Colberg has some thoughts on his blog:
I just don’t think it is that simple. You can draw a strict line between your photojournalism and your commercials campaigns all you want, but when as part of a commercial campaign you’re making money advertizing the very same bombs whose effects you’re photographing as a photojournalist then there is a bit of a problem.
Gizmodo looks at the lessons to be learned from Yahoo!’s treatment of Flickr, which went from the web’s premiere site for photo sharing to a site that doesn’t dominate in any space (desktop, social, mobile…).
The blog of Lebbeus Woods digs up the fortification drawings of Michelangelo. He observes:
For all their practical purpose, these drawings have uncommon aesthetic power. Of course, this is because they are made by one of the greatest sculptors, and a self-taught architect — an “amateur of genius,” as he has been called — but it is also because the bastions required had too short a history as a building type to have ossified into a rigid typology. Michelangelo was relatively free to invent strong new forms and didn’t hesitate to do so.
Benjamin Sutton has created a useful guide to all the public art in New York this summer, which includes Mark di Suvero’s “Yoga” at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Thomas Houseago’s “Lying Figure” on the High Line.
Richard Brody, writing for The New Yorker, takes issue with Susan Sontag’s classic “Against Interpretation” essay:
When I read the recently published second volume of Susan Sontag’s diaries, which are filled with references to movies, I was reminded of an old (albeit virtual) quarrel I had with her.
A beautiful comic strip by Grant Snider that captures the magic of reading a good book on a summer night.
The Washington Post has a great series of graphics, photos and a video about Doug Aitken’s “SONG 1” exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. This is reputedly the “first-ever work of 360-degree convex-screen cinema” of this scale and is projected across the Hirshhorn Museum’s 82-feet tall and 725-foot wide circumference.
There are many ways books were censored in history and the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library has two books by Erasmus that were censored during the Reformation in different ways. One had various pages glued together while another was “blacked out” but in a rather attractive way.
Whoa! A whole book of artists’ “enumerations” (aka lists). Of particular note for American art fans are rarely seen specimens by Vito Acconci, Leo Castelli, Joseph Cornell, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Lee Krasner, H. L. Mencken, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Richard Pousette-Dart, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still and Andrew Wyeth. Brianpickings has some images from the book.
What is a “hipster“? One new New Yorker goes to Williamsburg to find out. Her post IMHO just proves what I’ve know all along. The only people who really hate hipsters are those who are and just don’t want to admit it.
And Frank Gehry has designed a “whimsical” chess set for Tiffany’s, which retails for 19,000 €.
Required Reading is published every Sunday morning EST, and it is comprised of a short list of art-related links to long-form articles, videos, blog posts or photo essays worth a second look.