Found Objects 27/02/12

My weekly round up of links is back. Sorry if you missed it last week.

  • Ai Weiwei risks everything to give an interview to the FT. Prepare for some vicarious paranoia.
  • Meanwhile the Wall Street Journal visits Tracey Emin. A nice portrait, but you cannot help comparing artist-governmental relations with Ai (via Art Observed).
  • David Shrigley tells Phaidon how he posts eight hour days, six days a week. Although his work could not look easier, he explains it is really hard work.
  • In the New York Times, Roberta Smith gives Cindy Sherman her dues but explains how organisers of her show at MoMA “blinked”.
  • Ever-interesting blog We Make Money Not Art offers a quick guide to the urgent, confrontational work of Santiago Sierra.
  • Slideshow of the week goes to the Smithson, who pull together seven famous photographers who worked with Polaroids.
  • “Absence of density” was my one reservation about Yayoi Kusama at Tate. So I was glad to read this review in which Beverley Knowles defends it.
  • Animal NY get a bit upset about a machine for aging books. It is not as bad as burning them, but still.
  • The Japan Times review the English translation of Land, the Korean answer to War and Peace which runs to almost 1,200 pages.
  • Also on a Far Eastern tip, part one of David Blandy’s anime series ANJIN 1600 can now be seen online at Animate Projects.

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