- I have never met The Guardian’s Jonathan Jones, but posts such as this recent one on winter’s arrival and Hendrick Avercamp make me think that we’d have a really good time over a few pints. (Great links in that post too!) [Image: Avercamp, A Scene on the Ice Near a Town, ~1615.]
- Photographer Mark Morrisroe is featured in the National Portrait Gallery’s superb “Hide/Seek” show. He’s the subject of a forthcoming retrospective that will visit Switzerland, Germany and finally New York.
- In a fortnight during which the Smithsonian is distinguishing itself mostly by massive error, take a moment to appreciate the in-the-trenches goodness that is the Smithsonian Collections Blog. Surprising, wonderful stuff, including an album of Persian photographs that novelist Azar Nafisi (“Reading Lolita in Tehran”) recently gave to the Freer/Sackler.
- Mark Lamster: The end of the artist-as-radical?
- Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik’s email has been all but shutdown by an email campaign orchestrated by bigots. He’s been responding visually, on his Tumblr. (In a related story, Gopnik has been doing the best work of his career on the Smithsonian fiasco. Click through from his Tumblr to his writing.)
- I think this is my favorite Tumblr ever.
Art-focused Journalism by Tyler Green