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.