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Required Reading

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.

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