Weekend Links: The Best of the Worst

With a slight delay to allow for post-St. Patrick’s recovery, this weekend’s links address some of the things that are so very wrong in the art world today – thankfully, with sometimes hilarious results.

It’s like a bar where you don’t have to pay for drinks: Art Fag City shares the above video of Hennessy Youngman laying out the bestest-ever definition of Relational Aesthetics. Even if you stick to watching it here, follow the link back to AFC to better understand how Jerry Saltz has taken another step backward into critical incompetence.

Workers Rights Violations aren’t only fashionable in Wisconsin: Human Rights Watch has recently thrown their support behind a boycott launched by a group of artists (including Shirin Neshat and Mona Hatoum among others) in protest of the labour conditions surrounding the construction of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Compared to the severity of the accusations around recruitment fees and forced labour, the Guggenheim’s official response tastes like weak relational soup indeed.

Speaking of poorly-compensated labour… While specific to the cultural conditions of Chicago, F Newsmagazine’s examination of unpaid and underpaid art criticism provides an essential look at an unspoken issue that makes life difficult for art writers everywhere (including yours truly). Also be sure to check out the second part in the series looking at fiscal models adopted in New York; they may be right in saying that only a market like NYC could allow these initiatives to work, but it still gave me a lot to think about this past week.

There’s a unicorn and a mermaid pony! (via C-Monster): Somewhat art-related but mostly motivated by my inner (and often outer) sci-fi nerd, this Comics Alliance post features some of the most laughably ridiculous sci-fi and fantasy paperback cover illustrations I’ve ever seen. I dare you to guess which book of this top-ten selection I both read and loved as a teenager.


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