Post #1067 • October 5, 2007, 7:29 AM • 6 Comments
"This exhibition counters the cliché of African art as a treasure-trove of inventive form and spirited expression, presenting it instead as the product of benighted, superstitious people, deeply anxious about procreation, fixated on gender, and bewildered by death, with no remedy or salve except the spookiest kind of animism. Faces range from wide-eyed fury to inscrutible blankness, leaving one longing for a Rembrandt portrait." Holland Cotter, if he treated non-Western art the way he treats Western art.
"Well aware of the double-edged sword they wield, artists and astronomers who dream up images of astronomical exotica often spend considerable time deciding how best to illustrate new discoveries. In the case of exoplanets, they are guided by a few key pieces of information and a healthy dose of educated guesswork." (Reddit)
"[Michael Bierut] goes on to say that those who are blessed with the ability to make things look beautiful should embrace that. Absolutely. Do the thing you're good at, and don't do the thing you're not good at. But we don't think beauty is what design is all about. Design is about making shit that really works."
"The new issue of the journal Science In Schools presents an interesting project on how to make iron-gall ink, the same ink used by da Vinci, Bach, van Gogh, and countless medieval monks." (my brother, who gets credit for three roundup stories this week)
"Can I just say that this is possibly the best New Yorker cover ever?"
Studying global warming through old masters' paintings.
Tonight: They Might Be Giants, Anaheim.