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One street art work in Williamsburg suggests that Damien Hirst may have jumped the shark? (photo by the author) (Click to enlarge)

This week, the New Aesthetic, Steins, Creative Time’s mission to push culture forward, Yung Jake’s Embedded, Eggleston goes from photography to contemporary art, Klaus Biesenbach’s tweets, Kickstarter vs NEA, art on The Simpsons and more.

 Bruce Sterling’s “Essay On The New Aesthetic” in Wired has been generating a lot of debate online. Some thinks he doesn’t say anything new and different than what’s already been said, while others think it offers some insight into the state of the “new aesthetic”‘s evolution. If you don’t know what the “new aesthetic” is than you should probably read this.

 The Creators Project asked a number of writers and artists to opine on the topic of the “New Aesthetic.”

 Michael Kimmelman writes about modernism’s missionaries, the Stein siblings, and some parts of their history many people would rather ignore. He writes:

“We want our good writers to have good politics,” as Will laments, especially “an unquestionably progressive writer” like Stein, whose language, with its calculated instability and repetitions, its displaced nouns and verbs and small, monotonous, but subtle use of vocabulary, suggests an open-endedness that seems the opposite of reactionary. Its resistance to order, and ordering, is by definition antiauthoritarian. But then, modernism included not just Picasso and Brecht but also Pound, Eliot, Céline, Marinetti, Paul de Man, Heidegger, Philip Johnson, Yeats: the list goes on.

 The 99% explores the New York-based nonprofit organization Creative Time’s mission to push culture forward. They ask Creative Time president Anne Pasternak:

What makes a good public art project?

Every project has its own criteria. There could be a great pop sculpture that would work as fabulously at a museum as it works at Rockefeller Center. Just an exciting, beautiful thing of wonder to look at. But you could also say that ethical engagement with the community is what really matters. I don’t think that there is a static checklist of criteria that one has to meet. You have to define what success looks like with every single project that you do.

 In case you missed this, you should take a look at Yung Jake’s new “Embedded” track, and more importantly the multimedia video. The song is alright but the video is all shades of awesome.

 A photography collector is suing photographer William Eggleston for making new prints of his vintage images. Felix Salmon examines why and what this may mean. He finds a choice quote from Joshua Holdeman, international director of the Christie’s photography department, which gets to the heart of what this is all about:

“This is an attempt to start a migration of Eggleston from the quote unquote confines of the photography world into the larger context of the art world … “

 Choire Sicha explores Klaus Biesenbach’s tweets in Bookforum. And his lede is spot on:

Celebrity is a particularly thorny proposition in the worlds of literature and art. It’s useful: It inflates painting prices, and moves books. It’s also filthy to The Serious Crowd.

 Read Write Web asks various arts people if the fact that Kickstarter procures more funds for arts than the NEA is a good thing. The conversation that question generates is a complex one.

 Art blogger Marina Galperina goes digging in The Simpsons tv series to find a bunch of art historical references, including Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol and Banksy. I’m sure if you were to compile the complete references in this series it would probably be in the hundreds.

 And finally, your zaniness for today … architecture LOLCATS.

Required Reading is published every Sunday morning EST, 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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