Weekend Reads

Art Drones, Radioactive Exhibitions, and More

Art Drones, Radioactive Exhibitions, and More

An endlessly quotable interview with New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl. Here’s one gem: “I define contemporary art as every work of art that exists at the present moment—5,000 years or five minutes old.” (BR)

In his NYT Magazine column, Teju Cole explores the history of aerial photography and highlights two contemporary drone-based projects. (NYT)

An impossible-to-visit art show, with works by Ai Weiwei, Trevor Paglen, and others in the contaminated Fukushima exclusion zone in Japan, draws the ire of Jonathan Jones. (G)

The video art trailblazer, Fluxus “Vice Chairman,” and largely unsung partner of Nam June Paik Shigeko Kubota has died at 77. (AN)

Timothy Morton, the philosopher behind much of the recent hype around Object Oriented Ontology and the closely related Speculative Realism movements writes a rangy review of Steven Shaviro’s new book The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism. (LARB)

In an article occasioned by the closing of Chelsea’s Wallspace Gallery, James Tarmy interviews Magnus Resch (the author of the new book Management of Art Galleries), who has some controversial suggestions for making galleries more profitable and efficient. (BB)


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