The “new” Caravaggio, “Saint Augustine” (1600) (via walrusmagazine.com)
This week, how a Caravaggio becomes “discovered” and evaluated, Christo gets the green light for Colorado, artists who seek out their harshest critics, Terence Conran, erasing a Chris Martin, escaping the digital world, Occupy Miami art schools, street art in Iran and is politics performance art?
Take a look at the Guardian’s interview with famed British designer Terence Conran, who has been a big influence on modern interior design and was the man who created and endowed London’s Design Museum. Conran played “a leading role in the transformation of postwar British taste.”
The Republican presidential primaries have already started off to a bizarre start. MSNBC news personality Rachel Maddow has been so confused by the Herman Cain campaign that she has started calling it the Herman Cain Art Project, as if it was some sort of performance art work.
The Bushwick-based nonprofit Norte Maar wasn’t sure what to do with a small wall doodle by well-respected painter Chris Martin. They finally decided to invite artist Man Bartlett to erase the work in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg’s “Erased de Kooning” (1953).
Street art and graffiti is evolving quite nicely in Iran — don’t be surprised — just check out thesevideos from A1one, one of the country’s leading street artists. Here is my interview with A1one from 2008.
“More than fifty protesters gathered to protest a particular instance of a general discontent: the art world’s dependence on financial powers.”
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.