Sheilah Wilson, one of our 2013 judges, sent this to me as a senior art major, hoping to inspire us as we go forth into our next semester. It is by William Powhida.
I especially like #1!!! Although our institutions are amazing. Here's another one!
Here are a few good reads that I have looked through this month, if you have some time after the Holidays!
Drawing from the City by artist Tejubehan. Its gorgeous black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings, brimming with expressive lines and dots somewhere between Yayoi Kusama and Edward Gorey, tell the partly autobiographical, partly escapist tale of this self-taught artist who came of age as a woman trapped between unimaginable poverty and a wildly imaginative inner world in a patriarchal society. Tejubehan takes us on a journey from her small village into the big city, where her poor parents move to find work. Three years pass. Teju is now a young woman and she marries a man who sings for a living. With his encouragement, she becomes an artist.
The Artificial Kingdom is the first book to provide a cultural history of kitsch, an immensely popular aesthetic phenomenon that has always been disdained as "bad taste," or a cheap imitation of art. Proposing instead that kitsch is the product of a larger sensibility of loss, Celeste Olalquiaga shows how it enables the momentary re-creation of experiences that exist only as memories or fantasies. Simultaneously exposing and celebrating this process, Olalquiaga gives us a bold, trenchant analysis of what and how we see when we look at kitsch.
They also have some amazing reads on this New York Times list: tried and true!
Keep in tune over winter break for gallery openings, museum shows, and artist interviews!