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This week, scoring US Congress on the arts, Gangnam Style opinions and facts, science looks at us looking at art, the Seattle Art Museum goes all female, the highest skyscraper is going to be built in five months, Daniel Liebeskind is not an architect, and more.
You may be interested to know that with the exception of one North Carolina Democrat only Republicans scored Fs in the ratings.
- What to make of Ai Wei Wei’s “Gangnam Style”? [ethanzuckerman.com] — “But if the video is a commentary on Chinese censorship, why is it so… lame? … My friend Molly Sauter solved the mystery for me this morning, observing that this is the first Gangnam style remix that reads as sad, not joyful.” h/t @anxiaostudio
- “Visual music: How ‘Gangnam Style’ exploited K-pop’s secret strength and overcame its biggest weakness” (WaPo) — “… Korean popular music came of age during the era of MTV and, later, YouTube. Whereas the American music industry had developed during the radio and phonograph era, gearing its processes and practices to put those technologies first (which is still true), Korea’s grew up privileging video.”
- Gangnam Style Video: $15 Million in Direct Revenue [BREAKDOWN] [Rocketboom] — “The now famous Gangnam Style brought in over $15 Million in direct revenue for PSY within just the last three months, including music sales, ad sales, concert tickets, tv appearances and commercials. Rocketboom breaks it down.”
“Among Mr. Tröndle’s more surprising conclusions was that there appeared to be little difference in engagement between visitors with a proficient knowledge of art and ‘people who are engineers and dentists,’ he said, adding that artists, critics and museum directors often walk into the middle of an exhibition space, scan it and then maybe look at one work before continuing on, while visitors with moderate curiosity and interest tend to move diligently from work to work and read text panels.
… That visitors tended to feel more stimulated by sculptures and installations that impeded their progress through the galleries was also noteworthy. ‘People want to trip over the art,’ he said.”
“To start simply: What does it mean to stuff the concerns of half the population into one-quarter of one year? There’s the distinct feeling that we’d better get all the girl business out of the way right now, or else we will miss our chance. SAM, which is run almost entirely by female administrators, has good intentions. But you know what they say about those.”
“More than 4,000 archaeological artifacts looted from Mexico and seized in the U.S. were returned to Mexican authorities on Thursday, in what experts say is one of the largest repatriation ever made between the neighbouring countries.
… More than two dozen pieces of pottery were seized in Kalispell, Mont., where U.S. Homeland Security agents discovered that a consignor had paid Mexican Indians to loot items from burial sites deep in the Mexican Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico, authorities said.”
“Eight countries will also participate for the first time in next year’s biennale: the Bahamas, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Republic of Kosovo, Kuwait, the Maldives, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Paraguay.”
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.
Saar’s irreverent paintings of dolls from her collection celebrate the catharsis she found in play.
With the opening of the new, $40 million structure in East Williamsburg, it poses the question of its role in the local arts community — one of collaboration or conquest?
Large-scale installations by artist and adobera Joanna Keane Lopez and olfactory-acoustic sculptures by Oswaldo Maciá will be on view starting October 1.
The act of touching allows a deeper sensory understanding for the viewer while simultaneously creating a rebellion against the terms of viewing, the defining terms of the museum and gallery space.
Photographer Fin Serck-Hanssen follows Hedda, a Norwegian in her early 20s, as she travels to undergo cosmetic surgeries and a vaginoplasty.
Over 125 artist studios, galleries, and exhibition spaces open their doors to the public for this year’s Jersey City Art and Studio Tour, taking place from September 30 through October 3.