Salutations. This week’s art links are the usual mix between the topical and the wondrous.
- Topical: Here’s a sad story about the death of young Dominic Elliott, friend and assistant to David Hockney. The Independent reports.
- Also topical: the Guardian send music critic Alexis Petridis to review the record-breaking Bowie show at the V&A.
- Highly topical: a social minded architect from Japan has won the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Read about Toyo Ito in the New York Times.
- Sadly topical: the Guardian suggests that an education secretary who doesn’t like architecture very much couldÂ learn a thing or two from Oscar Niemeyer.
- Also with news currency, the Art Newspaper report that US has taken back the topspot in terms of art sales, from China (via Art Observed)
- Here’s something wondrous: photos of a lightning storm during the eruption of a volcano in Japan. Animal NY collates.
- Also quite cool to look at is this slide show of cowboy rephotographs by Richard Prince together with a Western soundtrack. This is almost not ironic.
- This is link of the week: Beautiful/Decay showcases the work of Gabriele Galinberti, who shoots portraits of kids along with their most prized possessions.
- Quietly wondrous: Art Wednesday interviews Polly Staple from Chisenhale Gallery. Amazing role call of debut shows.
- And very much finally. This photo of confiscated bootleg pharmaceuticals in China is both topical and wondrous. Thanks to Der Spiegel.