Bits: 12.27.11

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 public transit.

• 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.

1 comment:

Maureen said...

What a find Euclide is! Terrific work.