Bits: 06.09.10

From the series Mimesis, by '70s photographers Barbara and Michael Leisgens

• Seriously, click here to see the entire Leisgens series. I love it.

• Damien Hirst: jeweler and deck chair impressario.

• Australian activists rally to protect a Keith Haring mural, a 1984 piece in Melbourne that's reportedly the world's last remaining large-scale piece painted entirely by Haring's hand.

• The LA Times' Christopher Knight eviscerates Sarah Jessica Parker's new show "Work of Art," which debuts on Bravo tonight, as "vacant television piddle." (It features Minneapolis artist Miles Mendenhall.)

• Tyler Green writes up the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' acquisition of the arresting 2008 Doug Aitken video work, migration, a 24-minute film made of footage of wildlife (an owl, fox, and deer, among others) apparently coming to grips with finding themselves in banal hotel rooms. It's on view through Aug. 1 in the excellent exhibition, Until Now: Collecting the New (1960-2010). Also worth seeing in the show: Swoon's mixed-media piece, Alixa and Naima (2008), which depicts the Brooklyn-based street artists of the same name.

Tarkovsky's Polaroids.

• Chris Jordan's E. Pluribus Unum (2010), a 21-square-foot laser etching on aluminum that "depicts the names of one million organizations around the world that are devoted to peace, environmental stewardship, social justice, and the preservation of diverse and indigenous culture." Via Provisions Library.

• Chicago has a new arts journal: 127 Prince.

• Video: BP spills its coffee.

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