Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Link Round-Up: September 23, 2014

"The Lich" by Malaysia-based Anokazue

Back in January, 2012, the Guggenheim (the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed modern art museum in NYC) put 65 art catalogues on the web, all free of charge.  Since then, the number of free texts has grown to 109.  Published between 1937 and 1999, the catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis BaconGustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, Fernand Léger, and Kandinsky.  If you’re looking for more free art books, don’t forget that all of the Getty’s virtual library volumes are available in PDF format, and can be added to your Google Books library.

Buffy the Mid-Life Crisis Slayer: what the show taught one writer about being forty.

Dungeons & Dragons Saved My Life

Enjoy Google’s "virtual museums" and don’t worry because it turns out that in-person museum attendance is on the rise.

Game of Thrones theme, '80s synth-style version, is the best thing you'll hear today.

The LA art world is shifting – it’s growing, and it’s heading east.

Mark Landis is an art forger who seems to be driven not by money, but by the desire to be a philanthropist.  He's the subject of of a documentary film debuting in 2014. He also just did a a Reddit AMA about himself.  Despite being very prolific, his work does not tend to stand up to scrutiny very long, but since he gives his work to museums, many works were accepted by museums who took him and the gift at face value.  His intent seems to be largely about the act of giving and also about honoring his parents. However, his actions led to a great deal of disruption and confusion, and Matthew Leininger, a museum registrar has dedicated himself to uncovering Landis' forged works, possibly to the point where it affected his own employment - he no longer works in the museum field.

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