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Required Reading

This week, street art in North Africa, discussing the Eames design legacy, the future of the books, Chomsky on #OccupyWallStreet, Ed Winkleman on art cartels, de Kooning’s studio in 1982 and Steve Jobs.

 No one could have predicted that a street art and graffiti scene would emerge in Cairo post-revolution. Hyperallergic’s Danny Ramadan was the first to spot that back in late January, but according to The Atlantic, the renegade art movement continues to flourish and grow, even if it continues to be in the shadows.

 Related, Al Jazeera reports on the state of graffiti and street art in Libya.

 Indianapolis Museum of Art art conservator Richard McCoy has begun a series of posts exploring the legacy of Charles and Ray Eames, particularly in the context of the Eero Saarinen-designed Miller House and Garden,and he has an interesting interview (part 1, part 2) with an Eames collector, research and curator over at the Art21 blog.

 While we’re on the topic of the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, if you don’t know about it then check out this video that gives you a peak. Sure, it’s mostly PR babble, but if this doesn’t make you want to visit the site than I don’t know what will.

 A great read by Sam Harris on the future of the book:

Writers, artists, and public intellectuals are nearing some sort of precipice: Their audiences increasingly expect digital content to be free.

 Noam Chomsky offers a statement to Guernica Magazine regarding #OccupyWallStreet:

The #OccupyWallStreet initiative and the efforts it has spawned throughout the country are among the rare really hopeful signs that we might find a way to escape very dark times …

 Gallerist Ed Winkleman gives his take on the (constantly recycled and paranoid) idea of art world cartels.

 The classic Architectural Digest shoot from 1982 shows the studio of Willem de Kooning. He is accompanied by his wife, Elaine. (h/t @giovannigf)

 This week Steve Jobs died. There’s a small street art tribute to him in New York, an article in the San Francisco Chronicle discusses how Jobs changed the art world, and then there is this post by Ben Davis that is critical of Steve Jobs. He makes claims about Apple that makes for good controversy but he doesn’t tell you the whole story. For instance, the conditions inside the Foxconn factory, which makes Apple products, are not ideal by Western standards (and certainly need to be improved), the incidents of suicide and stress are not unique to Apple. This is a MAJOR Chinese problem and statistically it appears that working at Foxconn may reduce chances of suicide for a Chinese worker.

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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