This week, Damien Hirst’s global spot challenge, TJ Clark on Leonardo, Cairo’s art scene, Green & Knight on PST, de Kooning conversation, Queer theory, vandalism as art criticism, imagining a drunk gay Jenny Holzer twitterfeed and an Abby Road spoof.
The Damien Hirst Spot Challenge has been stirring online debate. The issue came up because Hirst has conceived his eight city (New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva and Hong Kong) show of spot paintings as “a single exhibition in multiple locations.”
So blogger Greg Allen tackles the question, “How can anyone actually see all the shows if they’re supposed to be seen as a single exhibition?” Blogger Felix Salmon has done some of the math and figured it would cost a billionaire art collector roughly 100K to see all the shows.
BrooklynManhattan-based hipster Jennifer Bostic thinks she and a friend can do it for something closer to 13K — though now I’m told her tally is far less than that now.
What do you get when you complete the “challenge”? A signed Hirst print that is dedicated to you.
Over at the London Review of Books, TJ Clark discusses the Leonardo show at the National Gallery in London. And does a fascinating and extensive comparison of the Paris and (some would argue less accomplished) London versions of “Virgin on the Rocks.”
A documentary on the art scene in Cairo after the revolution.
Tyler Green has a podcast with Christopher Knight on the Pacific Standard Time exhibition series in California.
I’m completely bored of de Kooning talk at this point but this conversation at the Brooklyn Rail with the curator and others is worthwhile nonetheless.
Is Queer Theory over? The Chronicle of Higher Education takes stock. And this paragraph resonates with today:
Almost 20 years later, the resonance with the Occupy Wall Street movement is unmistakable. Like Occupy Wall Street, queer theory worked by magnetizing attention, at the right moment, to problems that existed before it, and which it could not fix. Like OWS, it maintained a skeptical distance from legitimate political processes in order to cast light on their distortions. Like OWS, its moment in the spotlight was only a strobelike illumination of a lingering state of affairs, in which a lot of people felt that we would all be happier keeping that damn light off, thank you very much.
Bob Duggan asks if vandalism is the new art criticism, which is something I joked about last year with artist Man Bartlett over Twitter. Duggan’s article is all over the place, but he seems to have tracked down the infamous “Still painting lap dancer” to Facebook and guesses she may be an artist looking for publicity. Possibility? Yes.
This week, blogger Choire Sicha imagined a “drunk gay Jenny Holzer” Twitter account. And boy, do we hope this happens. His first test tweet is:
WEEKENDS ARE BULLSHIT.
Writer Emily Gould offers her own FTW:
SPENDING THE ENTIRE “WEEKEND” WORKING COMES AS NO SURPRISE
This may be the best Beatles/Abby Road spoof ever.
Required Reading is published every Sunday morning-ish, and it is comprised of a short list of art-related links to long-form articles, videos, blog posts or photo essays worth a second look.
If there is an object you have ever desired in your life, rest assured that someone in the advertising industry made money convincing you of exactly that.
Eva Hagberg’s new book sheds light on the relationship between critic and publicist Aline Louchheim and architect Eero Saarinen.
The award-winning Canadian artist explores notions of power through the imagery of science fiction in portraits, sculpture, and objects.
Custodians, groundskeepers, and movers at the Rhode Island School of Design are seeking wage improvement, healthcare benefits, and a retirement package.
Ceramic fried eggs, critiques of real estate, and a whole booth dedicated to female-identifying saints caught my eye at Untitled, NADA, and Art Miami.
This affordable, interdisciplinary program with excellent facilities and private studios offers in-person instruction for 2023.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office recovered 23 looted objects from Shelby White’s home over the last year and a half.
An egregious “anti-woke” billboard erected in Los Angeles attempts to sow division among Latino/a/x communities.
The latest episode of this documentary series on PBS explores the meaning of home through handmade objects, hand built homes, and the artists who create them.
This week, missed signs of previous life on Mars, the appeal of forged art, and why are blue whales singing in lower octaves?
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed forcefully posits multiple parallels between the world Nan Goldin grew up in and the one she fights in today.
Rhode Island School of Design opens registration for its residential summer Pre-College program and year-round online intensive Advanced Program Online.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very Los Angeles art events this month, including Bob Thompson, Aimee Goguen, Uta Barth, the Transcendental Painting Group, and more.
There is the singular artist and then there is the more exclusive club that has only one member. Harvey belongs to the latter.