Here's a slideshow of the 2013 Turner Prize shortlist.
Here's an explanation of what the Turner Prize is.
Here's a list of former winners.
(Here's a photo of an orangutan.)
In a culture soaked in words like "indie," "sell-out," and "meme," it's fascinating and refreshing (at least to me) to see a cross-dressing potter who never went to art school (Grayson Perry is one of Britain's most celebrated and successful artists) defend the Canon and remind us that it takes patience and practice to understand art. On BBC, no less.
CVHS graduate and first-year teacher Rachel Vogel writes about taking a few of her students to the Menil. It's a great read, both because it's a great story and because Rachel is a great writer. (She was one of the 11 students in my first-ever Art History class. They really helped shape the class and what it's become. Thanks again, Rachel!)
How does he keep his anonymity when he announces ahead of time that he's in town? People will surely be scouring the NYC area all night looking for him. Will he employ decoy artists? Walk around in his monkey mask to remain disguised? Or just allow himself and his crew to be photographed while he works, like he did in Israel?
In one of those "surely this is an April Fools prank" stories, Paris has a troupe of mimes that wander the nightlife sections of the city and encourage people to be less rowdy. Question of the week: what other behaviors would mimes be good at encouraging?