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The athelete’s from the US pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale speak (via imamuseum.org/blog)

This week is a grab bag of reviews, video clips, profiles and historic finds.

 The Times Literary Supplement has a review of Wendy Steiner’s The Real Real Thing that looks at the nature of realism and this thought-provoking line:

Today’s aesthetic controversies seem to turn specifically on the issues of truth-telling and the ethical treatment of the real in art.

 The LA Times has posted a number of interesting short video clips with LA-based artist John Baldessari, including one where he talks about street art and graffiti and another where he explains how the LA scene has changed.

 A new illustrated version of Moby Dick, according to The Rumpus, “makes it relevant again.”

 Margaret Atwood writes about how a love a comic books developed into a love of reading.

 Smithsonian Magazine has an extensive feature on Willem de Kooning, who they say “still dazzles.”

 Famous gadget wars of the past and present: VHS vs. Betamax, Nook vs. Kindle, Zune vs. iPod …

 Christopher Knight thinks Jeffrey Deitch pimped out MoCA too cheap.

 A classic clip of Canadian painter Alex Colville describing the motivation behind some of his most well-known images.

 The Kalm Reports visits the new Lisa Yuskavage show at David Zwirner.

 A mysterious WWII photo album of 214 images that feature, among other things, Nazi solders en route to Minsk (the site of a concentration camp), political prisoners of war, a Jewish prisoner wearing a Star of David, and Hitler arriving at Marienurg, is up for auction in New York.

Required Reading is published every Sunday morning-ish, 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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Carles Guerra: An Endorsement of an Amicus Brief for Lanier v. Harvard

We cannot be indifferent to the long-lasting effects of photography. The photographs at the center of Lanier v. Harvard are relentless in making Renty and Delia Taylor work and perform as slaves. The pain inflicted on them has not ceased. Photography has the capacity to propagate harm, and we have the moral obligation to interrupt…

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