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DEMOCRACY | The Economist

Democracy was the most successful political idea of the 20th century. Why has it run into trouble, and what can be done to revive it?<p>THE protesters …

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Bookseller McNally Jackson Opens Art Store

McNally Jackson, one of New York City’s marquee independent bookstores, is venturing into art with a new shop devoted to prints, editions, posters, …

The Future of Books Looks a Lot Like Netflix

Struggling against plunging prices and a shrinking audience, book publishers think they've found a compelling vision for the future: magazines.<p>Today, …

Jerry Saltz to MoMA’s Trustees: Please, Reject This Awful Expansion Plan

To the Trustees of the Museum of Modern Art:<p>I write to you about the Museum of Modern Art’s planned redesign, including the removal of the former …

Jean-Michel Basquiat

10 Best Art Books of 2013

2013 was a great year for art-related books, so we selected some of our favorites. We should note that all of our selections are printed volumes, …

The death of photography: are camera phones destroying an artform?

"It's really weird," says Antonio Olmos. "Photography has never been so popular, but it's getting destroyed. There have never been so many photographs taken, but photography is dying."<p>I'd asked the 50-year-old, award-winning, London-based Mexican photographer what he thinks is going to happen to …

Where's the Money? US Arts and Culture Economy By the Numbers

An unprecedented survey of the role of the arts in the larger economy, last week’s breakdown of the GDP contribution of America’s creative industries …

Dealer’s Hand

Why are so many people paying so much money for art? Ask David Zwirner.<p>Very important people line up differently from you and me. They don’t want to stand behind anyone else, or to acknowledge wanting something that can’t immediately be had. If there’s a door they’re eager to pass through, and …

Interview // Hito Steyerl: Zero Probability and the Age of Mass Art Production

<i>Interview by Göksu Kunak in Berlin; Tuesday Nov. 19, 2013</i><p><i>Hito Steyerl – “I Dreamed a Dream: Politics in the Age of Mass Art Production”</i> …

Jackson Pollock on Art, Labels, and Morality, Shortly Before His Death

In 1957, writer, public intellectual, lifelong art aficionado, and self-described “aging anthologist” <b>Selden Rodman</b> collected several dozen of his informal, lively, amusing, and insightful interviews with iconic artists and architects — including Frank Lloyd Wright, Willem de Kooning, and Saul …

Lou Reed: Gardenia and Snowflake

There was a period in the early seventies when I was persuaded that “Lou Reed” was a pseudonym playing on the word “lurid,” perhaps as pronounced with a French accent. It could have been a Factory handle, alongside Billy Name and Ingrid Superstar, and it would have fit at least one major aspect of …

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Douglas Coupland: an omnipresent superstar for an easily distracted era

You get the feeling Douglas Coupland's house is a sort of architectural manifestation of his brain: an understated Prairie Style gem that feels bigger and more complex on the inside than its modest exterior suggests, surrounded by the natural beauty of West Vancouver – crammed with art and, in the …

Paris Review - Gabriel García Márquez, The Art of Fiction No. 69

Interviewed by Peter H. Stone<p>Issue 82, Winter 1981<p>Gabriel García Márquez was interviewed in his studio/office located just behind his house in San Angel Inn, an old and lovely section, full of the spectacularly colorful flowers of Mexico City. The studio is a short walk from the main house. A low …

White Noir

By Jane Yager April 17, 2012<p>A man with a briefcase arrives in a place called City-A looking like a double agent from 1973: mustachioed and trenchcoated, forever ducking into phone booths for cryptic conversations. The man, Mr. Holz, is a geophysicist of unknown origin. He has come here to work for …

Why Artists (Secretly) Love Art Fairs: Ryan Gander Interviews Frieze Founders Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover

When artist Ryan Gander asked Frieze co-founders Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover if their next stop was world domination, he wasn’t the first, or …

world arts on Twitter: "Best Banksy Day so far selling original art in Central Park for $60 each and no one realizes http://t.co/AO1xkn9wqn http://t.co/zllCdwUtvh"

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Sonic treasure chest

Thursday, 8:20am<br>3 October 2013<p>Graphic scores go on the road – played by an alchemical, avant-garde supergroup of musicians prepared to turn line, …

Sakti. Indonesia Pavilion at Venice Art Biennale 2013

For the first time at the Venice Biennial, Indonesia has its own pavilion. The artists chosen to represent the country are Albert Yonathan Setiawan, …

Peter Doig: A voyage into the unknown

Alastair Sooke meets British painter Peter Doig to discuss his mysterious and exotic work, what it’s like to be compared to Gaugin – and how it feels to make paintings worth £6m.<p>“I really don’t know what my paintings are about,” says the visionary British artist Peter Doig. “And I don’t want to. I …

Here Are The 12 Cities That Will Shake Up The Art World In The 21st Century

Cities like New York and Paris have long captured the art world's attention, wooing artists, collectors, critics and curators who have hurried to call the hubs home. Other storied art havens include Los Angeles, Berlin and Hong Kong, amongst others -- locales that have managed to snare auction …

Joseph Conrad on Writing and the Role of the Artist

Although <b>Joseph Conrad</b> (December 3, 1857–August 3, 1924) remains best-known for penning the high school English curriculum staple <i>Heart of Darkness</i> in 1899, much of his writing bears a profound philosophical quality, exploring the depths of psychology, morality, the creative impulse, and other …