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Required Reading


French artists MTO imagines a dystopian future censored by Google Earth and Street View. (via Fusion) This week, swapping a run-down house and a Henry Moore sculpture, only 18% of Artforum covers have featured art by women, the mysterious world of the “sneakernet,” how Imelda Marcos bought a Goya, and more.

Weekend Words: Happiness


Agnolo Bronzino, “Allegory of Happiness” (1564), oil on copper, 40 x 30 cm. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence (Image via Web Gallery of Art) This week it was reported that the first recordings ever made by Elvis Presley, “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” (both 1953), have been digitized and will be released by Jack White’s Third Man Records.

Required Reading


French artists MTO imagines a dystopian future censored by Google Earth and Street View. (via Fusion) This week, swapping a run-down house and a Henry Moore sculpture, only 18% of Artforum covers have featured art by women, the mysterious world of “sneakernet,” how Imelda Marcos bought a Goya, and more.

Clues If Not the Keys: New Poetry from Bill Berkson


Bill Berkson (photo by Nathaniel Dorsky. Courtesy Coffee House Press) “Why should I look at this [art] instead of out the window?

The Bewildering Beauty of the Ordinary


Julia Fish, “Living Rooms : NorthWest — One, with lights, action” (2003-2005), oil on canvas, 32 1/2 x 33 3/4 inches (all images courtesy David Nolan Gallery) I urge viewers not to miss the rare opportunity to linger over Julia Fish’s paintings and drawings, which were last exhibited in New York in 2005.

Guitar Heroines


Whoever declared guitar-rock dead way back when forgot to tell Sleater-Kinney. The Olympia-based punk band’s new album, No Cities to Love, released after a decade-long hiatus, is the hardest, heaviest, loudest, angriest, punkiest, fieriest, boomiest, bangiest, crashiest, crunchiest, crackliest, whammiest, powwwiest, brrrrrrrrrrrrrrat whomp whack kapow rah rah rawk record in a long, long time.

Beer with a Painter: Jason Stopa


Jason Stopa, “Diamond Spectrum (Taste The Rainbow)” (2014), oil and enamel on canvas, 3 x 3 ft. (all images courtesy the artist) Jason Stopa stands a head taller than most of us and shares some strong ideas about contemporary art with a calm, intellectual confidence.

A Universe of Drawing, Rolled into a Single Room


Keith Haring, “Untitled” (1980), brush and sumi ink. Gift of the Keith Haring Foundation (all images courtesy the Morgan Library & Museum, New York) Ten years ago, the Morgan Library & Museum decided it was time to bring its collection up to speed on the art of drawing in the 20th and 21st centuries — a daunting task in itself, and even more improbable in the face of a superheated, late-capitalist art market: at the feast of the trophy-eaters, would the museum be forced to content itself with scraps?

Should Media Be Charged for Using Citizen News Footage?


A detail of the infamous footage of Officer Michael Slager poised to shoot Walter S. Scott. (via YouTube) When the New York Times reported yesterday that a representative for Feidin Santana, the man who filmed the Walter L.

In Battle Against ISIS, Saving Lives or Ancient Artifacts


ISIS destroying the ancient Assyrian archeological site of Nimrud (screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic via YouTube) Last week’s stunning video of the destruction of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is likely to renew calls for drastic action to save Iraq’s antiquities before they are lost forever.

Art Movements


Members of OccupyUAL (via Facebook) Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.

Will Cornelius Gurlitt’s Collection Turn Up at Documenta 14?


The Museum Fridericianum in Kassel, the main venue for Documenta (photo by Martin aka Maha/Flickr) Documenta 14 director Adam Szymczyk wants to show the collection of late art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt as part of the quinquennial exhibition’s next edition in 2017.

A Portrait of Martin Wong Between Text and Image


Martin Wong, “Untitled” (c. 1968–71), salt-fired stoneware (courtesy Collection of Bob Schultze and Sonja Schultze-Huff, Eureka, California) (all images courtesy CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts) SAN FRANCISCO — Curated by students of the Curatorial Studies program at the California College of the Arts, this compact, well-considered gathering of work across many media by Martin Wong is a marvel of what the small-scale and seemingly ephemeral can communicate.

Artists Stage Political Interventions in Video Games


Screen shot of “Freedom” (2010) by Joseph DeLappe and Eva and Franco Mattes (screenshot taken by the author for Hyperallergic) “I’m interested in using games as a way to engage in and critique the fine art world, especially the economics of that world,” said Grayson Earle, an Integrated Media Arts adjunct faculty member at Hunter College and SUNY Baruch, and member of The Illuminator.

When Abstract Sculptures Have Familiar Faces


Sophie Hirsch, “Untitled 5″ (2015) (all photos by the author unless noted otherwise) It doesn’t take much for an abstract arrangement of shapes to look like a face.

Sum of the Arts


Rembrandt, “Self-portrait in oriental attire with poodle” (1631-33), oil on oak panel. The artist created around 80 self-portraits in his lifetime.

China’s Terracotta Warriors Have a Smashing Cameo in ‘Furious Seven’


Terracotta Warriors in ‘Furious Seven,’ moments before they are obliterated (YouTube screenshot by the author) The most outrageous action sequence in the new blockbuster Furious Seven — the latest chapter in the macho soap opera franchise about a gang of Los Angeles street racers — ends with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) plowing a car through a platoon of clay figures that look just like China’s Terracotta Army.

Artists Pick Artists: Susan Morris


Smashed window resembling one of Morris’s recurring motifs, the spider web (notice the cat’s reflection) Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a series of interviews with artists that will continue indefinitely, without direction, and outside any one person’s control. The artists are asked seven questions about their art and their ideas about art.

In the Spotlight, Harvard’s Rothkos Don’t Shine


Mark Rothko, “Untitled” (verso) study for Harvard Mural (c. 1961), opaque watercolor on purple construction paper (all images courtesy Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., and © 2009 Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, unless otherwise noted, photo courtesy Harvard Art Museums, © President and Fellows of Harvard College) Cambridge, MA — There is a story that sometimes circulates through the art world claiming the reason some of Mark Rothko’s work has faded over time is because he bought his paint at Woolworth’s Department Store.

The Irresistible Pull of Takis’s Magnetic Fields


Takis, “Mur magnétique n°9 (Rouge)” (1961), 180 x 220 x 10 cm (courtesy of the artist and of the Association des Amis du CNAC, donation (1976), Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist.


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