1) Photography Versus "Fake News"
Conscientious Photography Magazine delves into the nature of “fake news” and how photographers can use their medium to help to combat the rising tide of untruth.The solution, the author writes, is not necessarily so simple as presenting untouched photographs of events. The idea presented in the article is that photography relies just as much on narrative, composition, and context to create a sense of “truth” -- but that there’s also an increasing tendency to ignore the apparently inherent truth of a photograph in favour of one’s personal beliefs. So how can photographers -- especially media photographers -- create a sense of objective truth in their art? The answer may not come easily.
2) U.S. PIzza Museum Opens Brick-and-Mortar Location
The U.S. Pizza Museum -- a virtual and pop-up exhibition dedicated to, you guessed it, pizza -- has opened its first permanent brick-and-mortar location in Chicago. The museum is located in a space in the Roosevelt Collection, an outdoor shopping mall, and is set to open next weekend, August 10th. Admission is free with online registration for a limited time, and during opening weekend, guests will be treated to free samples of pizza while they peruse the collection of pizza-related equipment, artefacts, and memorabilia.
3) Art Fairs Unaccommodating for Breastfeeding Mothers
Hyperallergic examines the difficulties facing new mothers at art fairs -- namely, the lack of space for breastfeeding. While attending annual art fairs like Frieze and Art Basel is seen as an almost mandatory aspect of being a curator, gallerist, museum worker, or indeed, artist, many of the new mothers who fit into these professional categories say that the lack of comfortable or sanitary space for breastfeeding at such fairs has driven them away entirely. Hyperallergic reached out to an international selection of art fair organizers and found that, while a percentage of organizers are accepting of the specific needs of new mothers, there’s little actual effort being put into accommodating new mothers with a dedicated space for breastfeeding.
4) Contemporary Chinese Art Gets Less Political
Contemporary Chinese art has something of a reputation for being overtly political -- for a while it seemed that the majority of young Chinese artists who reached notoriety in the Western art world in the 1990s and early 2000s were making work that very pointedly addressed the specific political moment in the country. Now, however, there seems to be more of a trend among young Chinese artists to eschew politics in favour of work that references art history, minimalism, and broad conceptual ideas of urban living. Part of this trend might be the steady increase in government censorship that’s followed the election of Chinese president Xi Jinping in 2013, including the well-known blocking and banning of various social media websites. Some older Chinese artists like Ai Weiwei have expressed concerns that the new generation of artists is “caving to government pressure.”
5) Art Sandwiches
To end on a more upbeat note: ever wondered what your favourite artwork would look like as a sandwich? Wonder no more -- German twitter users have been getting creative with bread and toppings, creating delicious lunches that emulate paintings by Dali, Van Gogh, Malevich, and more.