Required Reading

Last weekend, street artists GILF X BAMN collaborated to create this commentary on the destruction of the graffiti and street art hub that was 5 Pointz. (image by Andy Kim via Wooster Collective)
Last weekend, street artists GILF X BAMN collaborated to create this installation, which is a commentary on the destruction of the graffiti and street art hub that was 5 Pointz. (image by Andy Kim via Wooster Collective)

This week, the web turned 25, the art world is infatuated with a new person, photographers in Hungary are concerned, Sylvain Chomet does The Simpsons, writing tips, the economics of the sex trade, and more.

 This past week was the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, and Sir Tim Berner-Lee, the inventor of the web, wrote a blog post for Google asking people to keep it open and free:

By design, the underlying Internet and the WWW are non-hierarchical, decentralized and radically open … On the 25th birthday of the web, I ask you to join in — to help us imagine and build the future standards for the web, and to press for every country to develop a digital bill of rights to advance a free and open web for everyone.

 The New York Times‘s Carol Vogel writes about the infatuation with 28-year-old artist Oscar Murillo by the art world’s 1%. The story she tells is a bizarre look into the small circle jerk of collectors,  gallerists, art advisors, and auction houses that thrust artists into the spotlight very early … and possibly for failure:

“This is a market hungry for the players of the future,” Allan Schwartzman, a Manhattan art adviser, said. “But almost any artist who gets that much attention so early on in his career is destined for failure. The glare is simply too bright for them to evolve.”

 Artist Theaster Gates was on the Colbert Report this week talk about his gentrification efforts that he doesn’t quite call that:

 Photographers beware! This is unbelievable, so be careful when you take photos in Hungary:

From 15 March anyone taking photographs in Hungary is technically breaking the law if someone wanders into shot, under a new civil code that outlaws taking pictures without the permission of everyone in the photograph.

As one confused photographer asks:

“Can we take photos of strangers: say people looking at a shop window? Do we shoot first and ask permission later?” he asked.

 The abuse of Ukraine’s best-known poet, Serhiy Zhadan:

One of the occupiers was Zhadan, who lives in Kharkiv and has thrown his energy behind the city’s protests. As the attackers were hitting him, the writer said, they told him to kneel and kiss the Russian flag. “I told them to go fuck themselves,” Zhadan wrote, on his Facebook page.

 If you missed The Simpsons‘s couch gag by Sylvain Chomet, best known for The Triplets of Belleville and other feature works of animation, then you should most definitely watch it:

 Kickstarter has raised over $1 billion for various project in its history, including:

  • 12,277 Art projects that have successfully raised $30.54 million and 47.81% have been successful
  • 16,608 Photography projects have successfully raised $41.18 million and 32.28% were successful
  • 33,893 Film & Video projects have successfully raised $165.86 million and 40.09% were successful
  • 7,069 Design projects have successfully raised $126.48 million and 38.59% were successful

 19 writing tips from writers and editors for The New Yorker, including television critic Emily Nussbaum on writing criticism:

“When you write criticism, you have to be able to say things are bad as well as that things are good. To establish your values, and to actually be in the conversation. It’s a way of taking the art form seriously. … TV is condescended to. TV has been put down and treated as junk. That’s not true of TV anymore. And so TV deserves to have the kind of criticism that expects it to be great. It’s, to me, a really engaging and satisfying cause no matter whether I’m praising or criticizing.”

 This abandoned outdoor movie theater in the desert of Sinai is hauntingly beautiful, and Colossal pointed to it this week:


 The economics of the sex trade are fascinating:

A street prostitute in Dallas may make as little as $5 per sex act. But pimps can take in $33,000 a week in Atlanta, where the sex business brings in an estimated $290 million per year. It is not nearly as lucrative in Denver, where prostitution and other elements of an underground trade are worth about $40 million.

… The sex business can be hugely lucrative, the study found. But sex workers reported burning through money as soon as they made it, and their expenses were high, too. One pimp in San Diego reported paying a hotel $24,000. Another spent $3,000 to $4,000 a week on shopping sprees for employees.

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 And this truly bizarre thing happened this week … the @tweetofgod account tweeted out #TheBookofBieb — as in pop singer Justin Bieber — because Bieber is the “son of God,” well, at least in the Twitterverse:

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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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