The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur is a fascintating article in The Atlantic by William Deresiewicz on the history and market forces that have transformed craft based artists and artisans into business facing creatives.
I love the work of Maurice Sendak. I don’t agree with everything he says about what young children need to be exposed to, but that’s something else. He was a great writer, thinker, teacher, artist and human being. And who better to illustrate his last interview with NPR’s Terry Gross than Christoph Niemann? Beautiful. I’m sorry Terry Gross couldn’t reciprocate the love he gave her, but that’s how it is. We pass like ships in the night…
Virginia Postrel has an opinion piece in Bloomberg exploring how 3D mapping and rapid prototyping are bringing difficult to see pieces of art into the classroom. Surprisingly or not, institutions like the Met and Getty are engaged with Makerbot to create libraries of accessible 3D digital files that can output scale reproductions of 3D works of art. Intellectual property and authenticity issues surrounding reproduction are sure to arise as they have since the birth of industrialization (see Walter Benjamin’s 1936 essay Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction) but I’m heartened by the generosity with which art institutions seem to be willing to open their doors via any means available. Even Makerbots.
Shane McAdams presented his thesis for Pratt’s MFA program while I was an ID grad student year ago and I was blown away by his work. I don’t usually see abstract painting that melds color and texture with a mastery of manipulated media on the level of his show. And I’ve stayed on his mailing list and remain impressed and happy to follow his work. The introduction of more representational imagery is an unexpected direction. But it is definitely no less psychedelic. Next time I trip I want to do it in his studio. (not gonna happen.)
Steven Heller wrote a lovely obituary for the late and great Alex Steinweiss in today’s New York TImes. I had never heard of Steinweiss and I’m sorry because his contribution was huge. As advertising manager for Columbia Records he essentially introduced original artwork to the record sleeve. If you consider a time before records used covers for marketing but consider how cherished is the tactile experience of holding a sleeve and hearing amazing music, you get not only the idea of the contribution he made toward elevating that music purchasing and listening experience, but also what an impression that must have made onto other marketed and decorated product packaging. Records are at the center of cherished products and they are so largely for their unique art. What an amazing contribution to make to industrial design in general. Read the full obit.