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Seeds of discontent: Minneapolis-based painter (and onetime Walker employee) Rich Barlow touches on a topic near and dear: political seed art — something I once dubbed “agit-crop” — at the Minnesota State Fair and how this year’s offerings, perhaps due to the Republican National Convention hosted just a few miles away, had a sharper sense […]

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Seeds of discontent: Minneapolis-based painter (and onetime Walker employee) Rich Barlow touches on a topic near and dear: political seed art — something I once dubbed “agit-crop” — at the Minnesota State Fair and how this year’s offerings, perhaps due to the Republican National Convention hosted just a few miles away, had a sharper sense of urgency.

Ominous: I missed the irony of this when it happened: As the U.S. was seeing history’s biggest bankruptcy, that of Lehman Brothers, last week, Damien Hirst’s The Golden Calf, a biblical symbol of false idolatry, sold for 10.3 million pounds at auction, a new record for Hirst.

KAWS queried: In a recent New York Times Q&A, Brooklyn artist KAWS reveals an affection for the music Bonnie Prince Billy — who’s coming to the Walker in March — and the late great H.C. Westerman.

Emin’s bronze sparrow flies off (again): Who keeps swiping the bronze sparrow atop Tracy Emin’s Liverpool sculpture The Roman Standard? The bird was taken and returned twice in three months.

File under: Flaccid vagaries disguised as intellectual engagement: Regina Hackett offers proof that artspeak is alive and well in a gallery press release that discusses how an artist’s “structural examination of totalities and their constituent fragments — particularly viewed as kindred — is amplified by the presence of several works with family roots.”

Best headline:They gave me a Pritzker and all I got was this lousy toilet.” Via C-Monster, who keeps the theme going with links to bathroom graffiti, a musing on the theme of feces in art, and a link to a review in which Jerry Saltz calls Andres Serrano’s Shit “crap.”

  • C-Monster says:

    it’s been a crappy day. lol.