Things which I have come across this week include:
- Even as cuts cause pain elsewhere, last week’s auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s confirm that business is booming for blue-chip art. Check out this shrewd report from A Kick up the Arts.
- In a video for the Guardian, Jonathan Glancey turns his somewhat intense gaze on the new Serpentine Pavilion from Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.
- The paper also brings you a slideshow of some of the most arresting images from the Royal Academy’s new show on Hungarian photography.
- Street artist Ron English has been arrested more than 30 times for liberating billboards and there’s a great interview in The Independent on Sunday. Surely putting them up is the real crime?
- Mediocre middle-aged men beware, Laurel Nakadate has come to spread misery. The New Inquiry reviews the nymph-like artist’s provocative and charged show at MoMA PS1.
- What!? Spanish designer Javier Mariscal has collaborated on an animated film. Thanks to this interview with director Fernando Trueba in Paris Review I aim to rent Chico and Rita today.
- Sexologist Wilhelm Reich made his name theorising about orgasms. But his real legacy may, according to Peter D Kramer in Slate, be the erection, sorry election, of Barack Obama.
- Found Objects has some infectious outro music this week courtesy of Off Modern blog. Click here to enjoy the Lee Scratch Perry mix of Mind Killa by Gang Gang Dance.