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The Guardian

Jan 20 2022
No 10 to talk to Tracey Emin about removal of More Passion artwork

Artist says government needs compassion not passion and No 10 needs no encouragement to party

Downing Street is to hold talks with the artist Tracey Emin after she said one of her works should no longer hang inside No 10 because of her concerns about alleged parties inside the building.

The artwork, More Passion, which has red neon lettering spelling out the words of the title, has been on display inside 10 Downing Street for a decade, since it was put there during David Cameron’s time in office.

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The Guardian

Jan 20 2022
‘My customers like zero waste’: the blacksmith recycling canisters into cult kitchen knives

Tim Westley takes up chef friend’s challenge to transform laughing gas litter

The little steel bulbs that litter parks, roadsides and city centres – the discarded canisters from Britain’s second favourite drug, laughing gas – cause misery to many communities. But now one blacksmith has found an innovative use for them: turning them into handmade kitchen knives.

The prevalence of the canisters has prompted some councils to impose local bans, while the home secretary is keen to outlaw them nationally. But Tim Westley’s handmade kitchen knives are gaining a cult following among environmentally conscious foodies after being endorsed by chefs committed to low waste.

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The Guardian

Jan 20 2022
Robbie Williams to sell three Banksy artworks for up to £10m

Singer puts versions of Kissing Coppers, Girl with Balloon and Vandalised Oils (Choppers) up for auction

One of the most successful British pop stars of the past three decades is putting up for auction works by one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists.

Robbie Williams, who has built a huge fortune from record sales and concerts, is selling three works by Banksy, the anonymous street artist whose partially shredded painting Love is in the Bin fetched a record £18.5m last year.

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The Guardian

Jan 19 2022
Around the world in 300 dates: Metallica’s black album tour – in pictures

Metallica’s self-titled 1991 album, known to fans as ‘the black album’, helped turn the rock band into global stars. Photographer Ross Halfin accompanied them on an epic tour

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The Guardian

Jan 19 2022
‘I have a responsibility to speak about it’: a wrongfully imprisoned artist making art from his ordeal

Sherrill Roland was sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Now exonerated, he’s created an exhibition using only materials available on the inside

Sherrill Roland could not touch his daughter until she was nearly a year old. He had spent 10 months in prison for a crime he did not commit.

“It was the first time I finally got out again and got to choose which clothes I actually put on and the first time I got to hold her,” he recalls by phone. “She gave me a big smile and I was just in awe.”

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The Guardian

Jan 19 2022
TV tonight: unpicking Andy Warhol’s obsession with death – particularly his own

Andy Warhol’s America reveals how the artist reacted to being shot and his mother dying. Plus: Peter Jones has an erotic surprise in Dragons’ Den. Here’s what to watch this evening

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The New York Times

Jan 19 2022
Theodore Roosevelt Statue Removal Begins at Museum of Natural History
Theodore Roosevelt Statue Removal Begins at Museum of Natural History
The equestrian monument to Roosevelt, which has stirred protests as a symbol of colonialism and racism, is leaving its plinth, in pieces.
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artforum.com

Jan 19 2022
Nathalie Bondil Settles with Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Nathalie Bondil, the former director and chief curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) who sued that institution’s board of directors for wrongful termination and defamation following her
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The New York Times

Jan 19 2022
At 83, Arne Glimcher Indulges His Inner Curator
The founder and chairman of Pace Gallery is opening a new space in TriBeCa, his own “little modern museum.” Retirement? That’s not in the cards.
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artforum.com

Jan 19 2022
Protesting Lockdown Measures, Dutch Museums Open as Gyms, Salons
A number of arts organizations across the Netherlands today opened their doors in entirely new and unexpected capacities today in order to protest what they see as unfair lockdown rules. Under Covid-19
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The New York Times

Jan 19 2022
Smithsonian Names New Leader of National Museum of the American Indian
Smithsonian Names New Leader of National Museum of the American Indian
Cynthia Chavez Lamar, an acting associate director, will be director of the museum, which has one of the largest collections of Native and Indigenous items in the world.
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The Guardian

Jan 19 2022
Tracey Emin wants her art removed from No 10 due to PM’s behaviour

Artist attacks Johnson’s ‘lack of contrition’ and says More Passion’s sentiment is inappropriate in setting

Tracey Emin has demanded that an artwork she donated to the government’s collection be removed from 10 Downing Street, saying the “current situation is shameful”.

More Passion, a neon artwork, was installed in Downing Street in 2011 when David Cameron was prime minister.

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The Guardian

Jan 19 2022
Two men playing draughts on an abandoned train: Gosette Lubondo’s best photograph

‘Both of the people on this train in Kinshasa are me. I superimposed myself because I can’t afford models’

This image, part of a series called Imaginary Trip, was taken in an abandoned train outside Kinshasa station in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I was looking for a site to evoke an imaginary voyage to convey the idea of memory, the passage of time and the reappropriation of old places. A lot of young men hang around this area, which is a poor neighbourhood, and they squat in the trains during the day while doing various jobs such as helping people at the station. Sometimes they have something to do, other times nothing.

The two people in this photograph are both me. I took several digital images and then superimposed them to represent two young men playing a traditional game of draughts with bottle tops – as they do. When I started out on this project, I did not intend to put myself in the photographs – it was almost accidental. I did not have the money to pay for models, so it was partly a question of budget, but also of time. I spend ages in these places creating my photographs, too long for most people to hang around, so in the end I found myself in front of and behind the camera. I often work alone with a camera, a tripod and a remote trigger.

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The Guardian

Jan 19 2022
Dutch purchase of Rembrandt work criticised over tax haven link

Questions raised over move to buy The Standard Bearer for €175m from trust in the Cook Islands

The Dutch government is facing criticism after it emerged that a Rembrandt masterpiece is to be bought by the state from the Rothschild family through a tax haven in the South Pacific.

A debate in the country’s senate heard that the €175m (£145m) purchase of The Standard Bearer would be from a trust located in the Cook Islands whose holding company is located in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, also a tax haven.

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The Guardian

Jan 19 2022
Mapping fiction: the complicated relationship between authors and literary maps

In a new exhibition, the long, difficult history of literary maps is explored, from James Joyce to Raymond Chandler

From efforts to map Odysseus’s journey to Borges’s commentary on map-making in On Exactitude in Science (where the only sufficient map is in fact as large as the territory it depicts), fictions and maps have long maintained a complicated, entwined relationship. While the right map can uniquely resonate with a literary text, this resonance exists amid an undeniable tension: a concern that the map might demystify or oversimplify a story, at worst imposing a single, reductive viewpoint on something that should be open and unbounded.

Exploring this tension, while also charting the ways that the relationship between maps and literature has changed through eras and genres, the Huntington’s new exhibit Mapping Fiction brings together literary maps from hundreds of years of literary history. Drawing from the Huntington’s archives of rare literary texts, the exhibition goes back to the early days of modern literature with texts like The Pilgrim’s Progress and Journey to the Center of the Earth (not Jules Verne’s version but rather a 1741 book written by Norwegian writer Ludvig Holberg), continuing up to the contemporary era with mappings of Octavia Butler’s life and works and artist David Lilburn’s 2006 mapping of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

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The Guardian

Jan 19 2022
Google’s ‘dragonscale’ solar-powered roof signals growing demand for sustainable workspaces

Tightening regulations and a growing eco-conscious workforce are major factors in heralding green office campuses

About 40 miles south of San Francisco, three futuristic structures rise from the earth. With sloping roofs clad in thousands of overlapping tiles, the buildings could be mistaken for the world’s most architecturally advanced circus tent.

They are, in fact, part of Google’s new Bay View campus, which is due to welcome employees this year – pandemic allowing – and is situated a few miles east of its existing HQ campus in Mountain View.

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The Guardian

Jan 18 2022
Black, queer and visible: Ajamu’s intimate images – in pictures

For three decades, artist and ‘sex activist’ Ajamu has celebrated the pleasure and eroticism of Black British life. A new book showcases his work

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artforum.com

Jan 18 2022
Seonna Hong
On view this January at Hashimoto Contemporary is the latest body of work by Los Angeles-based artist Seonna Hong’s Late Bloomer. The new works offer an introspective view of the artist’s perspective
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The Guardian

Jan 18 2022
‘A very Adelaide thing to do’: who is behind the city’s googly eyes wave?

Adelaide residents have their eyes glued to a low-stakes whodunnit hitting landmarks across the suburbs, including a KFC sign and a colonial statue

A serial prankster has been leaving a trail of novelty oversized googly eyes across metropolitan Adelaide, from fast food and liquor store mascots to one of the city’s most recognisable colonial monuments.

The eyes first appeared in the early hours of 11 January, when a pair of suburban Dan Murphy’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken stores on opposite sides of the city were found sporting matching looks of bug-eyed confusion. Management of the Port Road Dan Murphy’s store sighed and shook their head when approached for comment.

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artforum.com

Jan 18 2022
Raymond Saunders
Perhaps universally, blackboards conjure images of a teacher’s neat handwriting, lines of arithmetic, or other mundane memories of rote instruction. But touched by Raymond Saunders’s wayward, hermetic
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The New York Times

Jan 18 2022
Hugh Hayden, Surrealist Sculptor, Addresses the Education Debate
Hugh Hayden, Surrealist Sculptor, Addresses the Education Debate
His public art installation in New York’s Madison Square Park takes on the thorny issues roiling American classrooms.
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artforum.com

Jan 18 2022
Zdenka Badovinac to Lead Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art
Curator and writer Zdenka Badovinac, who in December 2020 was forced by Slovenia’s new right-wing government from her post as director of Ljubljana’s Moderna Galerija, a position she had held since
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artforum.com

Jan 18 2022
Veteran Director Victoria Siddall Leaves Frieze
Victoria Siddall, board director at Frieze, will depart her role there in March after eighteen years with the organization. Siddall, who cast her decision to step down as a “difficult” one, is the latest
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The New York Times

Jan 18 2022
Faith Ringgold Mural at Rikers Island to Move to Brooklyn Museum
Faith Ringgold Mural at Rikers Island to Move to Brooklyn Museum
The artist requested that her painting, dedicated to incarcerated women in the jail complex, head to the museum because of safety concerns. City officials agreed.
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The Guardian

Jan 18 2022
Artist to weld copy of Dachau gate in Leeds performance piece

Rachel Mars will create replica of concentration camp entrance over three days as part of Transform festival

A replica of the entrance gate to the Dachau Nazi concentration camp is to be recreated over three days in Leeds for an art project asking questions about what memorials are for and who has the right to make them.

Dachau was constructed a few miles from Munich in 1933. During the war it became a death camp where more than 41,000 people were murdered before US troops liberated it on 29 April 1945.

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The New York Times

Jan 18 2022
American L.G.B.T.Q.+ Museum Names First Executive Director
American L.G.B.T.Q.+ Museum Names First Executive Director
Ben Garcia will lead the first museum dedicated to L.G.B.T.Q. history and culture in the city, which seeks to strike a careful balance between New York and national queer history.
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The Guardian

Jan 18 2022
Erik van Lieshout: the artist trying to reach his friend who can’t speak after a stroke – review

Maureen Paley, London
The provocative Dutchman has made a film about artist René Daniëls, who was a celebrated artist before being left aphastic and partially paralysed

Erik van Lieshout’s films are often riotous, comic affairs. Always putting himself in the frame – along with his subjects, collaborators, antagonists and even passers-by – he’s a kind of agent provocateur. He annoys, provokes, and sometimes goes too far. How far can you go? Now 54, Van Lieshout’s latest work focuses on fellow Dutch artist René Daniëls. While retaining Van Lieshout’s talent for embedding himself in situations (often of his own making), and for all the incidental, hilarious interludes, this film, René Daniëls 2021, filmed over a year, has a largely different tenor to previous works.

In 1987 Daniëls, then an influential young Dutch painter, suffered a haemorrhagic stroke. He was 37. His career had lasted barely a decade. For a long time, Daniëls was unable to work, and still can barely speak. Slowly, he has learned to paint and draw again, using his left hand. He is now aphasic, and partially paralysed on his right side.

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The Guardian

Jan 18 2022
Greece to step up Parthenon marbles pressure amid signs tide is turning

Campaign for British Museum to return antiquities boosted by support from the Times newspaper

Greece has vowed to intensify its campaign for the reunification of the Parthenon sculptures amid “optimistic” signs that British public opinion has shifted markedly in favour of returning the prized “Elgin” marbles to Athens.

The Greek government said it would step up pressure for the fifth-century BC antiquities to be enjoyed in their entirety, within view of the Acropolis, after receiving support from an unexpected quarter of the British establishment.

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The New York Times

Jan 18 2022
New Research Tracks Ancient Artifacts Looted by the Nazis
Scholars are increasingly focusing attention on the seizure and excavation of antiquities from Greece and other countries by German forces during World War II.
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The Guardian

Jan 18 2022
A snow maze and pink skies: Tuesday’s best photos

The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world

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The Guardian

Jan 18 2022
‘Who’s to say it’s not real?’ Street artist Kaws on creating Fortnite’s first exhibition

The New Yorker has made a virtual art show to take place within the smash-hit game – and a real-life one at London’s Serpentine with a touch of augmented reality. Can it get young gamers into galleries?

For Brian Donnelly – known as Kaws since his graffiti beginnings in 1990s New York – art has always been a communication tool. From street art to vast public commissions, he says, “it’s a chance to create a dialogue”. His desire to bring art to the masses is partly why his work spans collectable toys and streetwear collaborations, as well as paintings and sculptures that sell for millions. His new exhibition will allow him to connect with a large number of eyeballs in, he says, “a new and massive way”. The show, New Fiction, is at London’s Serpentine Gallery, and simultaneously on two free online platforms: the gaming behemoth Fortnite and the augmented-reality (AR) app Acute Art.

With more than 400m player accounts, Fortnite is massive, especially when compared with the estimated footfall of an average Serpentine show (around 35,000). While the uninitiated might dismiss Fortnite as just another shooting extravaganza, players are increasingly spending time in its more peaceful zones, such as creative mode, where they can mooch about the Fortnite metaverse without fear of elimination. “You can hang out with your friends and explore new features,” says Fortnite’s partnerships director, Kevin Durkin. This could mean honing your dance moves but also watching a film or an Ariana Grande concert (as players did in August 2021), or, as of today, visiting an art gallery.

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The Guardian

Jan 17 2022
Ali to Andy W: Steve Schapiro’s life in photography – in pictures

The activist, documentarian and photographer, who has died aged 87, captured the American civil rights movement while shooting the likes of David Bowie and Robert Kennedy

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The Guardian

Jan 17 2022
‘Waiter! A bottle of 1975 Warhol please’ – why every great artist has to do a wine label

Picasso chose a Mouton Rothschild, Yoko Ono a vintage chianti. But why do artists love doing wine labels – and can they enhance the quaff? Our writer enters a world where labels are so prized, drinkers get them as tattoos

Here’s a good pub quiz question: what do David Shrigley, Tracey Emin and, er, Prince Charles have in common? The answer is they’ve all painted works of art you can order in a restaurant. Because while a wine bottle may provide only the slenderest of canvases, that hasn’t stopped some of the biggest names in the world of art from daubing something onto the label’s few square inches.

The latest to do so is Olafur Eliasson, the revered Icelandic–Danish environmental artist who created a work for the 2019 vintage of Château Mouton Rothschild – a series of ellipses that form a ring charting the path of the sun in relation to the chateau’s location in Pauillac, south-west France. If you really want to understand the bond between fine art and fine wine, there is no better chateau to start with. Since its first artistic collaboration in 1924, the roll-call of names to grace its bottles is astonishing: Salvador Dalí doodled the winery’s ram emblem for the 1958 vintage, Jeff Koons modified a first-century Roman fresco in 2010 and, four years later, David Hockney provided an empty and full glass.

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artforum.com

Jan 17 2022
Bill Callahan and Will Oldham on Blind Date Party
In this interview with Artforum and Bookforum contributor Sasha Frere-Jones, singer-songwriters Bill Callahan and Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy) talk about their latest album, Blind Date Party.
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artforum.com

Jan 17 2022
Sreshta Rit Premnath on finding hope at the margins
Sreshta Rit Premnath abstracts materials associated with the architecture and institutions of confinement and control—chain-link fencing, metal barriers, aluminum sheets, Mylar blankets, foam
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The New York Times

Jan 17 2022
Edward Kirkland, Who Helped Preserve Historic Chelsea, Dies at 96
Edward Kirkland, Who Helped Preserve Historic Chelsea, Dies at 96
He played a less public but powerful role in creating the High Line, Hudson River Park and landmark districts in the Manhattan neighborhood.
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artforum.com

Jan 17 2022
Tate Liverpool Plans $34 Million Gallery Overhaul
Tate Liverpool has launched a search for an architect to oversee a £25 million ($34 million) restoration of its facilities. The museum occupies a landmark brick structure on the Royal Albert Dock dating
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The Guardian

Jan 17 2022
Ways of Seeing at 50: how John Berger’s radical TV series changed our view of art

It was an unlikely choice for BBC Two to schedule against Match of the Day. But Berger’s series and book now forms the bedrock of how we interpret art and advertising

On 2 January 1972, the Sunday Times ran a short preview for a new documentary. “If you are in the least interested in art,” it began, “have your set tuned and be ready to have your eyes opened by John Berger in the first of a stunning new series.” Ways of Seeing was broadcast on BBC Two at the unpromising hour of 10.05pm on a Saturday night, the same time as Match of the Day. It had a modest audience and few reviews, and yet the anonymous critic was right. This idiosyncratic documentary, made on a shoestring budget, has been snapping eyes open for half a century.

Ways of Seeing has inspired generations of writers, artists and curators, spawning academic conferences and tribute programmes. According to the novelist Ali Smith, who watched it as a child, “even its title set me on a road where I knew there wasn’t just seeing, there were … ways of it”. It reached a new tranche of readers last year by way of the American model Emily Ratajkowski, who opened her memoir My Body with Berger’s quote: “You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, you put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting Vanity, thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for your own pleasure.”

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The Guardian

Jan 16 2022
Women behind the lens: ‘She was too beautiful not to be photographed’

Etinosa Yvonne recalls a chance encounter with a Fulani woman in northern Nigeria

I met this woman in Machina, in Yobe state, when I was on assignment in northern Nigeria 2020. It had taken us seven hours to get there – it’s right on the border with Niger – and it was already late afternoon, early evening.

We were waiting for people to come and collect water from a solar-powered water pump when I saw her: this extremely beautiful Fulani woman. I was particularly drawn to the marks on her face. I knew Fulani women always like to look good, but it was really beautiful to see up close. There was a bit of a language barrier as I don’t speak Fula and she didn’t speak English or Hausa, but she agreed to have her photo taken.

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The Guardian

Jan 16 2022
Fate of Nazi-looted Pissarro to be decided by US supreme court

The legal battle over the painting, in the hands of a Madrid museum, has spanned more than 15 years

Depicting a rainswept Paris street, the Nazi-looted painting has long hung on the walls of one of Madrid’s top art museums. Its fate is now in the hands of the highest court in the US, in a case that has long pitted the Spanish institution against the heirs of Jewish refugees.

At the centre of the US supreme court hearing, set to begin on Tuesday, is an 1897 painting by impressionist Camille Pissarro. For decades the piece – titled Rue Saint-Honoré in the Afternoon, Effect of Rain – graced the walls of the Cassirer family homes in Berlin and Munich after it was bought directly from Pissarro’s art dealer.

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The New York Times

Jan 16 2022
Israeli Artist Turns Plastic Pollution Into ‘Earth Poetica’
Israeli Artist Turns Plastic Pollution Into ‘Earth Poetica’
In Beverly Barkat’s quest to connect people with nature, she found that environmental waste could be a powerful medium.
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The New York Times

Jan 16 2022
The Much-Vaunted American Melting Pot, Cracks and All
Columbus, the Middle Passage, the Mayflower. A thought-provoking exhibition, “Arrivals,” grapples with the myths and origin stories of how everyone set foot in this country.
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artforum.com

Jan 16 2022
Nicole Chaput
Nicole Chaput’s solo exhibition “Atomic Venus” convenes a boisterous ensemble of female characters (or, more fittingly, entities) performing impossible contortions. Their bones, veins, muscles, and
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The New York Times

Jan 16 2022
A Library the Internet Can’t Get Enough Of
A Library the Internet Can’t Get Enough Of
Why does this image keep resurfacing on social media?
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The Guardian

Jan 16 2022
Bice Lazzari: Modernist Pioneer review – exquisite, tranquil abstraction that draws you in

Estorick Collection, London
Forged in the seclusion and poverty of postwar Italy, the exquisite abstract work of this little-known artist casts a spell all its own

Who was Bice Lazzari? At the Estorick Collection in north London, the curator Renato Miracco puts the case for this too little-known Italian modernist with utmost straightforwardness. On display are 40 works, offered with next to nothing by way of commentary; should you want to know something of Lazzari’s family background, for instance, you’ll just have to do your own research. But if such an approach seems, at times, on the risky side – in the gallery, it’s hard to get your bearings at first – Miracco’s confidence that Lazzari’s art will ultimately speak for itself is surely not misplaced.

What an exhibition! Down the years, I find that I’ve grown pretty weary of a certain kind of abstraction; whatever it might have meant at first, it seems ever more etiolated to me. Yet here is Lazzari, making the case for it all over again. Out of discord, whether internal or external, she creates a harmony so exquisite, her work seems at moments almost to vibrate. However fiercely suggestive it is of the “obscure forces” that drove her as an artist – primal instincts that would not let up even towards the end of her life, when she lost her sight – it’s also deeply and enduringly tranquil. Under their spell, I came to think of her paintings as answers to questions I did not know had even been asked.

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The Guardian

Jan 16 2022
Red House, Dorset: the shape of post-post-postmodernism?

A house with a face down a West Country lane is the playful, richly complex work of David Kohn Architects – and owes a debt to FAT’s pioneering Blue House in Hackney

Twenty years ago an architectural bomb went off in Hackney, east London. It was a small and charming bomb, with no reported casualties, in a colour somewhere between baby blue and sky blue, with curious shapes – old Dutch gables inspired by a postcard of Amsterdam, the outline of a tree, a child’s idea of a house – cut into its boarded exterior. But it performed an act then outrageous in architectural circles, of reviving postmodernism, the decorative style tainted by its association with the bloated office buildings and shopping malls of 1980s corporate excess.

The Blue House, as it is called, helped to bring some fame though not much fortune to its architects, Fashion Architecture Taste, or FAT, until they announced their breakup in 2013. It didn’t, though, greatly alter the trajectory of architecture. It didn’t launch a revolution of what you might call postpostmodernism. Its big idea was that architecture could be like pop art, that it could combine artistic sophistication with a direct appeal to everyday culture, that it could riff on themes from notable architects of the past while offering imagery that a child might get. So the gable and tree shapes came with a layered and complex interior that owes something to Adolf Loos and John Soane. The world somehow wasn’t ready for this.

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The Guardian

Jan 15 2022
Sometimes a statue is indefensible – the BBC should get rid of Eric Gill | Catherine Bennett
Its response to the paedophile artist’s vandalised work is highly misguided

Perhaps bravely, the BBC is making a drama series about Jimmy Savile, exploring how its former favourite managed a double life as a star and paedophile, dying before being unmasked in an ITV documentary.

Savile’s victims have, it’s reported, been involved in a production likely to show how his extraordinary status, giving him opportunities for years of attacks, derived from a doting state broadcaster. The series will inevitably remind audiences how BBC executives subsequently suppressed their journalists’ attempts to expose his crimes.

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The Guardian

Jan 15 2022
The big picture: neo-noir Chicago streetscapes

Musician-photographer Edgar Ortiz captures the rain-slicked days and urban energy of his city in lyrical images

Sometimes, Instagram feeds find a language of their own. Our editor came across Edgar Ortiz’s work while scrolling. Ortiz, 38, is a hobbyist photographer and musician. He specialises in streetscapes like this one, in which the city can seem on fire. He gives each of his pictures a moody soundtrack – this one comes with Better Believe as a backing, an epic rap by Belly, the Weeknd and Young Thug.

Music came first for Ortiz – he’s been involved in that since he was 16. He has only been taking pictures seriously for a couple of years. You don’t really need the soundtrack to catch the emotion of this picture, though. It was taken from a train platform in downtown Chicago, the city in which Ortiz has always lived. Like nearly all of his pictures it is a lyrical hymn to the urban energy of his city. Sometimes, he focuses on faces, but these long drive-by vanishing points recur as backdrops, giving the pictures an ambiguous intensity and possibility, one part Mean Streets, one part Yellow Brick Road. His pictures are included in the feed of the influential street art community, BCNcollective, which showcases emerging talent.

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The Guardian

Jan 15 2022
‘Me against the world’: why superheroes are so often orphans

Batman, Spider-Man and many others lost parents when young. A new exhibition explores their complex stories

Spider-Man, Batman, Black Panther and Superman, stars of the strip cartoons printed in comics and at the bottom of newspaper pages, have gone on to inspire film franchises or, in the case of Little Orphan Annie, who started in a syndicated strip, a popular stage and film musical.

Celebrated in popular culture across the world, these fictional characters are all children who lost their parents at an early age. It is a tried and tested, tragic narrative formula that efficiently releases them into the wider world, as well as exposing them to danger.

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