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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on January 20, 2013

Grant Snider is simply genius, and his latest comic proves why. Minimalism! You can also order a poster of this print here.

Grant Snider is simply genius, and his latest comic proves why. He gets to the heart of what those who love Minimalism feel about its seemingly simple reality. You can also order a poster of this print here. (via incidentalcomics.com)

This week, love of Minimalism, Nam June Paik in DC, alternative LA art spaces, non-European thinkers, Cyprien Gaillard speaks, unusual buildings, Gagosian is suing, a car chase comes to life, and more.

  Karen Rosenberg of the New York Times reviews the new Nam June Paik show at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, DC, and has this to say:

It’s difficult to remember, in our age of digital video editing , that the special effects in Paik’s more elaborate videos — the collagelike layering, the hallucinogenic color changes and distortions — weren’t so easy to achieve in his day.

  25 alternative art spaces in LA you might want to check out, “Ten years ago, you could count the number of alternative art spaces in LA on your hands. Today there are more than anyone can keep track of … ”

  The little known story of Kurt Schwitters’ years in the UK, includes this funny passage:

Schwitters had had it with the London art scene, and with the English national character more generally. His letters to friends and relatives back in Germany are less coded than his creative output: “You always talk very quietly in England, at least the middle classes do. If you talk loudly you count as ‘common’, not a gentleman … The result is a typical English attitude. The English don’t defend their ideas, because then they’d have to talk loudly.”

You may be interested to know that Tate Britain is opening a Schwitters in Britain show on January 30.

  In a provocative article on Al Jazeera, Hamid Dabashi, the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, asks “Can non-Europeans think? What happens with thinkers who operate outside the European philosophical ‘pedigree’?” He writes:

Why is European philosophy “philosophy”, but African philosophy ethnophilosophy, the way Indian music is ethnomusic — an ethnographic logic that is based on the very same reasoning that if you were to go to the New York Museum of Natural History (popularised in Shawn Levy’s Night at the Museum [2006]), you only see animals and non-white peoples and their cultures featured inside glass cages, but no cage is in sight for white people and their cultures – they just get to stroll through the isles and enjoy the power and ability of looking at taxidermic Yaks, cave dwellers, elephants, Eskimos, buffalo, Native Americans, etc, all in a single winding row.

  As the Cyprien Gaillard show opens at MoMA PS1, the institution’s new tumblelog has excavated a 2011 video of Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewing Gaillard artist during the Based in Berlin exhibition.

  MVRDV have built a very unusual glass office and shop complex that is disguised as a farmhouse. You have to see it to believe it. While another Dutch architect is using a 3D printer to build a house.

  It has been a bad year for Brutalists. Seven iconic Brutalist buildings were either placed on the endangered list or destroyed.

  ArchDaily published a video of architect Toyo Ito’s Harvard lecture on the 1960s Japanese Metabolism movement. They explain:

The Metabolists explored strategies for urban development, influenced in part by the social agenda of CIAM in Europe. Like much of the design world in the post WWII climate, metabolists sought to design cities that on a large scale that were flexible and transformable.

h/t @rpeckham

  In today’s episode of As the World of the 1% of the Art World Turns … Larry Gagosian is suing Ronald Perelman, instead of the other way around:

[Gagosian] described Mr. Perelman — his longtime friend, client and business partner — as a “deadbeat” and “bully” in court papers, saying he should be sanctioned by the judge for bringing the “frivolous” action.

All’s fair in art in litigation, I guess. And what does Perelman say about Gagosian?

But Mr. Perelman now portrays Mr. Gagosian as unscrupulous and deceitful. His lawyers (like Ms. Cowles’s), accuse Mr. Gagosian of simultaneously representing the buyer and the seller and at times the artist without disclosing what they characterize as a potential conflict of interest.

  And finally, this isn’t art related but it is just incredible. Someone was watching a car chase on their TV and they ended up encountering the same chase IRL. #WOW

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.

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