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Weekend Reading List

Picasso’s cruel misogyny, overturning ‘Oriental inscrutability’ and the legacy of 1960s collective Archigram: what to read this weekend

Pablo Picasso in Milan, 1953. Courtesy: Fondo Paolo Monti, Wikimedia Commons; Photograph: Paolo Monti

Pablo Picasso in Milan, 1953. Courtesy: Fondo Paolo Monti, Wikimedia Commons; Photograph: Paolo Monti

Pablo Picasso in Milan, 1953. Courtesy: Fondo Paolo Monti, Wikimedia Commons; photograph: Paolo Monti

  • Jane Hu writes in the New Yorker on the Asian-Anglophone writers who are undoing the tropes of Asian inscrutability and impersonality.
     
  • ‘Women are machines for suffering’, Picasso once told his mistress Françoise Gilot: 'For me there are only two kinds of women: goddesses and doormats.’ Cody Delistraty in The Paris Review on the artist’s cruel relationships with women: 'What we are willing to look past – Picasso’s indiscretions, cruelties, and emotional bloodletting – is just as telling of the viewer as of the artist.'
     
  • Laurie Taylor on a show at Fondation Cartier which pays tribute to the photographer Malick Sidibé, the ‘Eye of Bamako’, and how he captured a youthful, hopeful moment in the life of the Malian capital.
     
  • Don’t miss Coco Fusco’s blistering piece in Hyperallergic on her experiences with sexual harassment in the art world, the predatory behaviour fostered by art schools, and being sexually accosted by Jean Rouch.
     
  • 'Privilege is being a little more permanent than others, being allowed to linger more in a place without people paying much attention to you.’ Deepak Unnikrishnan discusses the relationship between language and power, life in Abu Dhabi and his debut novel Temporary People.
     
  • And finally: Darran Anderson on the prophetic visions of 1960s architectural collective Archigram.
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