Bits: 12.19.11

"No Man's Land" (2004) from Zander Olsen's Tree, Line

• "Pick your targets well," writes Jonathan Jones in The Guardian of activists' efforts to get the Tate to drop BP's sponsorship. "Museums are beacons of culture. They are not the running dogs of capitalism – and if they can get BP to hand over its filthy lucre for the cause of art, well, it is going to good use."

• BP, meanwhile, has committed £10M (around $15.5 million) to four British arts organizations, the Tate, the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Royal Opera House.

• Good luck finding political art at Art Basel, writes Art Threat, although it's there if you know where to look.

• Nice: Murals made by pressure washing a moss wall with water.

• Urban intervention du jour: Four Czech artists turn a billboard into a merry-go-round swing.

• The art world is bloated and gross, the art overpriced and shallow, yet it's not entirely devoid of substance, Roberta Smith contends.

• From the work files, here's me discussing the new Walker website with METRO magazine.

• Occupy: A gallery of poster art, and n+1's Occupy Gazette, featuring writings by filmmaker Astra Taylor and others.

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