- In June, 2011 I devoted my Modern Painters column to calling on art institutions to carve out specific spaces in which they could present the ways in artists engage with issues and topics ‘in the news,’ in the immediate present. The response was… underwhelming. So I’m quite excited about new web projects from two art institutions that will use virtual space to spotlight how artists are engaged with world events: Last week I spotlighted the Walker’s “Lowercase P: Artists & Politics” project (which just published a new interview with JoAnn Verburg). Now Creative Time has announced Creative Time Reports, a website that will feature artists “actively engaging and commenting on the most pressing issues of our time.” The project also has a Twitter feed and its editor, Marisa Mazria Katz is on Twitter too. This could be really good, something much more substantial than castles made of sand.
- One step removed — think concepts taken from geopolitics rather than flashpoints — the “Story Board” website that SFMOMA has launched in relation to its “Six Lines of Flight” group show looks interesting.
- St. Louis’s Laumeier Sculpture Park is blog-documenting the conservation of its Donald Judd. It’s a rare opportunity to see a core sample taken from a sculpture. Neat stuff.
- The Princeton University Art Museum prepares to exhibit Guillaume Apollinaire’s “Calligrammes.”
- Christopher Knight says LACMA’s new Ken Price catalogue is just about the best thing ever published. He’s not exaggerating: It’s fantastic. [Update: Link fixed.]
- Lots of good stuff from the Carnegie International’s blog of late, including curator Dan Byers’ visit to a Russian icon painter in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill and this and this from curator Daniel Baumann’s visit to Tehran.
- William Poundstone spotlights a really silly cliche at MoMA.
- Kimbell deputy director George Shackelford details the correct usage of the word ‘curate’: ”We take responsibility for things,” he says, “not just ‘like’ them.”
- Finally, the more I see, think about Chaim Soutine, the happier I am.
Art-focused Journalism by Tyler Green