Weekend Reading List

From modern art as a torture technique to transgression in grime: what to read this weekend

Batiste Safont, photographer unknown. Courtesy: Wikipedia Commons

Skepta; photograph: Batiste Safont

  • A culturally constructed, rather than self-made man: as Donald Trump vows to revoke funding for the arts, Karen Finley argues he owes his success to art and artists.

  • The tortured artists: how modern art was used to inflict pain during the Spanish Civil War.

  • Life in plastic, not fantastic: the aesthetics of the current US government.

  • From the frieze archives: ‘Torture’, a short story on the work of Francesca Woodman.

  • The view from up here: how balloon travel transformed cultural and scientific understandings of landscape.

  • Daily reviews on frieze.comArthur Jafa, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York; Sharon Lockhart, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw; ‘Revolt of the Sage’ at Blain|Southern, London.

  • ‘Climb the fence’ – transgressing and resisting the law in rave and grime.

  • Is being responsible overrated? On the limits of responsibility.

Paul Clinton is a writer and is lecturer in curating at Goldsmiths, London. His book Other Hunting will be published by Ma Bibliotheque in January 2019.

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