This week, the lowdown on Mark di Suvero’s radical history, Terry Richardson’s parents, street art in Cairo, Miami and without spray paint, word clouds and some erotic Austrian art of yesteryear … and some other great links.
We’ve been discussing Occupy Wall Street’s reaction to Mark di Suvero’s “Joie de Vivre” in Zuccotti Park, but Greg.org delves into that artist’s more radical past and explains what many OWS’ers may want to know.
You have to see photographer Terry Richardson’s very bizarre (possibly disturbing) photos of his mom and dad.
Architizer takes a look at the Joseph Eichler-built modernist house that Steve Jobs grew up in and seems to have influenced his very modern aesthetics.
A photographer in Cairo has been documenting some of the street art that is cropping up in post-Mubarak Egypt.
Over at Creators Project, seven street art works that don’t use a drop of spray paint. The results are impressive, though not a big surprise to street art die-hards.
A creepy street art work by artist Above popped up in Wynwood. It featured a banker on a noose.
Word clouds as a common infographic trick nowadays, and some have disparaged how effective they are, but Reuters business blogger Felix Salmon looks at how they can be done right.
Swann is auctioning off some of the erotic art of Austrian artist Franz von Bayros and they give us a peek … wowza.
Ever wonder what Roy Lichtenstein’s brush that creates his iconic brush marks on canvas? Well, D*face takes a stab at imaging it.
And finally, what we’ve all been waiting for … a way to search Instagram.
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.
MTV’s The Exhibit Is Finally Spicing Up
In the penultimate episode, the show’s editors managed to ignite the spark of mindless reality TV.
Guggenheim Museum Union Rallies at VIP Opening
The museum’s commitment to diversity in exhibitions rings hollow to workers who say they are not receiving a fair wage.
The Public Theater Explores the Hurricane Katrina Diaspora in shadow/land
Written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Candis C. Jones, this lyrical meditation on legacy, erotic fugitivity, and self-determination is on view in NYC.
Quieter Artworks Stand Out At a New York Photo Fair
At this year’s Association of International Photography Art Dealers show, the best works offer glimpses into the personal lives of photographers and their subjects.
Special Edition: 🖌️Artists’ Signatures ✍️
In this special edition, we investigate what artists’ signatures actually mean, and the fascinating results reveal the multifaceted history of this curious phenomenon.
The Rubin Museum Presents Death Is Not the End
Tibetan Buddhist and Christian works of art made across 12 centuries explore death, the afterlife, and the desire to continue to exist. On view in NYC.
What Is a Signature in the Internet Age?
As a cryptographic unit for record-keeping, an NFT can be seen as analogous to a signature or an autograph.
The Meaning of Ancient Greek and Roman Artisan Signatures
What did a signature mean in the ancient world, and how much can we trust what they seem to tell us?
When I Am Empty Please Dispose of Me Properly
Ayanna Dozier, Ilana Harris-Babou, Meena Hasan, Lucia Hierro, Catherine Opie, Chuck Ramirez, and Pacifico Silano explore the myths of the American Dream at Brooklyn’s BRIC House.
Michelangelo’s Signature and the Myth of Genius
Michelangelo served as a stellar example for future artists who sought status and economic independence.
Uncovering the Photographer Behind Arshile Gorky’s Most Famous Painting
As we pursue photographer Hovhannes Avedaghayan a fascinating picture begins to emerge of him and the world of which he was part.
Pratt’s 2023 Fine Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition Is On View in Brooklyn
The two-part exhibition features the work of 41 graduating artists across disciplines, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and integrated practices.
100 Years of Artist Signatures in a Detroit Club
The beams in Detroit’s Scarab Club act as a guest book of sorts, carrying a wealth of stories and history, including signatures by Diego Rivera, Marcel Duchamp, Margaret Bourke-White, Isamu Noguchi, and others.
The Myth of Agency Around Artists’ Signatures
In an art world built on shifting sands, artists’ signatures become symbols of agency for some, and relics of the past for others.