This week, it’s a mixed bag of artist interviews, design and social media infographics.
Earlier this month, artist Miranda July wrote about her taste for shoplifting in The New Yorker. She writes:
… I may have realized that I didn’t need to be a criminal to be an artist. Art itself could be the crime—could be scary and dangerous enough to shoulder my rebellion.
Jason Polan of The Believer interviews Glasgow-based artist David Shrigley. When he was asked if he draws everyday, he replied:
I don’t draw every day. I tend to draw intensely during certain periods of time. I draw to amuse myself on occasion, when I am bored and drawing is the only fun to be had.
You may have heard of Dieter Rams, the classic modernist designer best known for his work with Brauns which inspired Apple’s best design work, but do you know the actual objects? Here are 15 classic masterpieces by him. His desk fan [pictured above] is stunning, though why does MoMA list it as the work of Reinhold Weiss and Jürgen Greubel? Hmmm… (h/t Kottke)
The Awl has an interview with artist Duke Riley and when asked what he would tell his 20-something self, he replied:
I don’t know. I would definitely say that when you’re in high school, people always say you thought you knew everything, and then you grow up. I look back and think, “Maybe I did actually know everything.” I feel like my outlook on the world when I was a teenager, a lot of those things have come true.
Business Week takes a look at the Greek financial crisis through the prism of culture. They talk to the 71-year-old billionaire art collector Dakis Joannou who offers his ideas about culture as business. “Culture is a big business that people are hungry for and we have huge assets,” he explains.
Over at the LA Weekly, Kyle Chayka explores the idea of avatars as self-portraits, which he also did for our #TheSocialGraph exhibition last year. And one day very soon our catalogue for that show will see the light of day!
LACMA is offering a free California design app for iPhone or iPad. Is any other US state so into itself like California?
And finally, a mind-blowing Facebook infographic. Over 50% of the social network’s 800 million active users log into Facebook every day. RELATED: How recruiters use social media to screen candidates.
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.
Three Looted Antiquities at the Met Repatriated to Turkey
Nine other repatriated works were seized from Met Trustee Shelby White, whose collection was subject to a criminal investigation.
This week, the world’s lightest paint, Pakistan’s feminist movement, World Puppy Day, and were some of Vermeer’s paintings created by his daughter?
The Wider World and Scrimshaw
On March 28, join the New Bedford Whaling Museum online and in-person for a symposium on global carving traditions from across the Pacific Rim.
Who Will Decide on the Future of a Miami Native Burial Ground?
Native activists say sacred remains and objects dug up from a Brickell construction site should remain there, but mega-developer Jorge Pérez is pushing back.
How Can a Curator Approach South Asian Futurisms?
How do I acknowledge my shortcomings while reckoning with obscured histories and the exclusion of subaltern narratives in the fine art landscape? A working checklist for curators.
MCA Chicago Presents On Stage: Frictions
Will Rawls, Shamel Pitts | TRIBE, and Barak adé Soleil explore Blackness, queerness, movement, and dance in performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
The Complicated Legacy of Camilo Egas
The Ecuadorian painter, a leading figure of Latin America’s Indigenismo art movement, has been both praised and scorned for his representation of Indigenous peoples.
Tom Jones Zeroes in on Ho-Chunk Visibility
“I think about the young kids, the teenagers, and I think being able to see yourself represented in art is so powerful,” says the artist.
Haggerty Museum of Art Presents Tomás Saraceno in Dialogue With Dr. Somesh Roy
The artist and researcher will explore soot’s effects on climate change and public health in this online conversation.
Hundreds of Artworks by NYC Teenagers Go on View at the Met
The talented seventh through twelfth-grade students are recipients of the 2023 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
NYC’s Flatiron Building Sells for a Whopping $190M
The sale to outsider bidder Jacob Garlick puts an end to the protracted legal battle between the iconic skyscraper’s five former owners.
McKnight Visual Artist Fellows Discussion Series at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
The series features 2021 Fellows David Bowen, Mara Duvra, Rotem Tamir, Ben Moren, and Dyani White Hawk in conversation with renowned curators and critics.
The Best Memes Roasting the “We ❤️ NYC” Campaign
A graphic designer on Twitter created a hilarious send-up of the universally reviled logo, and the rest is history.
Did You Know These Museums Were Free for New Yorkers?
The “Free Admission” campaign is advocating to make ticket pricing information more transparent to visitors, who may be confused or misled by institutions’ language.