Drawn from the collections of the Bodleian Library, the Marks of Genus exhibit runs through September 28 at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. For those unable to make the exhibit, the accompanying book was published by the Bodleian Library in August and is available for purchase here.
PBS NewsHour talked with Morgan Library curator John McQuillen about Marks of Genius. Via the Morgan Library’s Instagram, enjoy this behind-the-scenes snap!
"Just as WWI brought technological advances in warfare—the armored tank, flamethrowers, poison gas—it also witnessed increasingly sophisticated (if sometimes absurdly ill-advised) techniques of espionage… . Everything from windmills and locomotives to loaves of bread were used to transmit secret messages, leading to the kind of paranoia and suspicion with which, in today’s time of heightened security, we are all too familiar."
Melanie King, author with the Bodleian Library of Secrets in a Dead Fish has written a short piece for the Boston Globe on the the shadowy world of Great War espionage.
"Ever wondered why Queen Elizabeth II looks like the healthiest 88-year-old in Britain? … A Royal Cookbook reveals some of the Queen’s culinary choices, including the no-bake wedding cake served at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding reception… . While there are a few are elaborate showstoppers—such as a spring starter of crown of asparagus with crab and mango—most are well within the skill range of a moderately experienced cook.”
This week on the Conversation Art Podcast, Sharon Louden talks with host Michael Shaw about Living and Sustaining a Creative Life Essays by 40 Working Artists. Download the mp3 at the link above and, if you’re not already following Sharon on Twitter, she can be found at @loudenstudio.
Surface magazine’s August issue includes a review of The Working Drawing (Park Books).
“The Working Drawing collects one hundred diagrams from the desks and archives of renowned architects, including Le Corbusier, Jean Prouvé, Herzog & de Meuron, and Lina Bo Bardi. Meticulous credits note the paper format, drawing technique, scale, location of site, and date of each image….”
Grab a stool and sidle up to the counter—and this great New York Times article on ice cream parlors, featuring Reaktion author Laura Weiss, author of Ice Cream: A Global History.
“‘People form attachments to the places, whether or not people would consider these ice creams top of the line.’”
So happy to have another review up at Maclean’s, of this deceptive little reference book, The Encyclopaedia of Liars and Deceivers, byRoelf Bolt, out now from Reaktion Books.
Check out this great review at BOMB of Philip Glahn’s new book in Reaktion’s Critical Lives series: Bertolt Brecht.
“Everything Brecht wrote—plays, dialogues, and poetry—was his attempt to clarify the inner contradictions not only of the capitalism and fascism of his times, but also of the communism that was always disappointing his deepest hopes. In a book that makes Brecht’s struggle to reveal these hidden contradictions its central theme, Glahn issues, by implication, a call to arms to today’s artists—who are faced with a world that seems to defy attempts to treat the global crisis with an art that is rarely more than notes on ‘local’ angst.”
Saturday, June 14, 4:00–6:00 PM
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Ahmanson Building
Angelenos, please join us this Saturday at LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, for a wide-ranging discussion of the city’s architecture, Sci-Arc, and more with Pritzer Prize–winning architect Peter Zumthor! The discussion will be followed by a book signing to commemorate the publication of Buildings and Projects: 1985-2013, published in June by Scheidegger and Spiess.
This is a fun review of John Lindow’s Trolls, recently out from our friends at Reaktion Books.
“From a restricted range in the landscape and imagination of Scandinavia a millennium ago, trolls have become as successful an invasive species as humans themselves. They are all over fairy tales, sold as dolls, appear as characters (threatening or comforting) in children’s books; above all, they lurk in every nook and cranny of the Internet.”
Read the whole thing here: http://www.macleans.ca/culture/books/everything-you-need-to-know-about-trolls/
Check out this great interview by renowned animal rights activist Kim Stallwood, with Stephen F. Eisenman, author of The Cry of Nature: Art and the Making of Animal Rights.
"Important and fascinating research and analysis that’s relevant to understanding our complex relationship with other animals."