Monet isn't enough

Here is some really great advice about how to listen to contemporary classical music, which is often very difficult and very un-pretty. (I spent a few hours last night trying out some living composers I'd never heard of before. I hated all the music, but I'm glad I listened.)

Change "music" to "contemporary art" and switch a few composer names to artist names, and the same advice is also really good for looking at new and difficult contemporary art.

Museum of Stolen Art

A design student in New York has made a virtual-reality museum where you can go online to look at masterpieces that are currently unavailable in traditional museums because they were stolen.

Through the eyes of the art

When I saw this blurb about "What They See," a tumblr that shows what the works of art see, I expected something more critical, a statement about our behavior as viewers. But even better: it's a pretty literal set of photos showing us what the eyes of the art subjects are pointing at. Nothing more, nothing less.

If you're feeling cynical about modern art

Feeling cynical? Think modern art is just a big joke, and you want to play jokes on the jokers? Here's "A Bullshitter's Guide to Modern Art," from GQ UK.

Note: even the "bullshitter's guide" reminds us that saying "I could have made that" is a stupid thing to say.

Art Thoughtz

New York artist Jayson Musson launched his new series this week. It's called The Adventures of Jamel, and it follows a time-travelling man with hip-hop moves. This reminded me to go back and re-check Musson's viral hit "Art Thoughtz," starring Musson's alter-ego Hennesy Youngman. Imagine Thug Notes, only for art. Neither Jamel nor Art Thoughtz are what we call classroom appropriate--you've bene notified.

More on architecture

Forbes isn't the place I would naturally expect a populist discussion of architecture, but here it is. It's really worth a few minutes to read and think about the context of architecture.

Architecture as Rorschach Test

People are looking at the new Broad Museum in Los Angeles and seeing the strangest things.

Amazing dance-light interaction

Watch this video. It's only three minutes, and it's mesmerizing.