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Jack Chambers, “Lunch” (1970–) (via

This week, an unfinished masterpiece, artists on Facebook, Guggenheim’s free online catalogues, Okwui Enwezor lectures on art and civic imagination, Russian space, nasty ancient graffiti and much more.

 Jack Chambers was an unusual painter for his time. A Canadian realist in the 1960s, he informed his dealer at the time that she would no longer determine his prices based on market values but that her job was simply to find buyers. The Walrus Magazine publishes an extensive piece about the artist and his unfinished masterpiece (pictured above).

 ReadWriteWeb asked three artists, including Martha Rosler, why they Facebook.

 Guggenheim has made 65 of its past exhibition catalogue available for free online. The catalogues are a treasure trove, they include 1954’s Younger American Painters, the Rothko retrospective catalogue in 1982, the Eva Hesse memorial exhibition in 1972, the Carl Andre catalogue from 1970, the Amazons of the Avant-garde catalogue from 2000 and many many others.

 You can listen to Okwui Enwezor’s fascinating Mosse lecture, titled “Civitas, Citizenship, Civility: Art and the Civic Imagination,” at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The introduction for his talk at Meeting Points 6 is in German but Enwezor’s speech is in English.

 Curator Olga Sviblova talks about her current show in Italy, Russian Cosmos, that explores Soviet myths of space.

 And here you have your absurdist analysis of the Thomas Kinkade calendar for January via The Awl.

 If you’ve always wondering who are the artists who have grossed the most money at auction before their 30th birthday then here is your answer, courtesy Artnet and Felix Salmon/Reuters.

 Just in case you thought people only wrote stupid things in the modern world, io9 excavates 10 pieces of nasty ancient graffiti. Yes, stupidity is timeleess. (via @cmonstah)

 A list of the “best” typefaces of 2011, according to online retailer FontShop. One type, Douglass Pen, is a beautiful historical script based on the handwriting of famed US scholar and abolitionist leader, Frederick Douglass. Another, Fakt, is a beautiful alternative to Helvetica and Arial. It truly is amazing how many new typefaces are created every year. (h/t @michaelpinto)

 And finally, did you know Google+ makes meme-ification easier than ever?

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