Stress (Monumental), Yoan Capote
• Via @dansinker, a 1995 news report on how the CIA "used American modern
art--including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert
Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko--as a weapon in the Cold War."
• Regine Debatty reviews Art & Activism in the Age of Globalization: Reflect No. 9 (NAi Publishers).
• "Street journalism": Three USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellows, including design
writer Alissa Walker, are exploring “a new context for covering arts and
culture”—hyperlocal, personal, and accessed by bike, foot or
• Photographer Larissa Sansour on being removed from the Lacoste Prize
shortlist, allegedly for work the luxury goods company deemed too
“pro-Palestinian”: “This kind of situation is exactly what I fear. Money
ranking over artistic freedom.” Lacoste ended up yanking sponsorship, effectively cancelling the 25,000 euro prize, which was administered by the Elysee Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
• Ever since reading about the arts boom in rural Minnesota, I can't stop looking at the evocative relief works of LeSueur, Minnesota-based artist Gregory Euclide. (You might recognize his work from the cover of the new Bon Iver album.)
• Speaking of art being made outside major metropolitan areas, here's a piece on how Eau Claire, Wisconsin, tops all global cities for the number of pop-music hits per capita (according to Pitchfork's top 100 tracks of 2011): Thanks to Bon Iver's base there, the city has 1.2 hits per 100,000 people. Copenhagen, at number two, is at .517 per 100,000.
• From MOMA, an interactive guide to prints: woodcut, etching, lithography and screenprinting.
• Rest in peace, Helen Frankenthaler.
• The Tent Centipede: A modular tent system by Japan's Logos design.