weeklies 3-3-2012

It is March already. Despite the extra day in February. Who made this happen?

– On art news, the Turkish government is blocking loans from Turkish museums to British and American museums due to the unresolved issue of disputed antiquities. Sure, always a good solution to make other world-famous museums suffer to get what you want.

– On artsy notes, NYTimes has an interesting piece on Qatar and the royal families patronage in contemporary art.

Did you know that The New York Times has quite an awesome tumblr page? It features photographs from their agency and they claim that “If we posted 10 new archival pictures every weekday on Tumblr, just from our print collection, we wouldn’t have the whole thing online until the year 3935.” Impressive! Instead, they are selecting a few every week and you can purchase some of these photos and find more information on them. Cool!

– The Occupy Wall Street’s Arts and Labor group recently published a letter calling for the end to the Whitney Biennial in 2014, as it “upholds a system that benefits collectors, trustees, and corporations at the expense of art workers.”[…] and “perpetuates a model in which culture enhances the city and benefits the 1 percent of our society while driving others into financial distress.” As a result, the group has called for the Whitney to “terminate its collusion with this system of injustice and use its resources to imagine sustainable models of creativity and culture accessible not just to Americans but to 99 percent of the people around the globe.” /via Artleaks

You don’t have to know a thing about classical music to enjoy it. McGill University’s Beethoven and Your Brain research says so.

– Here are 9 foreign words that should really exist in all languages. I am going to attempt to use the original words in English. #6 and #1 personal favorites.

– If you have not seen the cats as fonts meme yet, you are missing out!

– Iceland is still missing in most European crisis discussions. Here’s a short article on Iceland and its successful response to the crisis.

Here’s a great short piece on the shutdown of popular e-book portal library.nu (which I didn’t know existed UNTIL it got shot down). A crucial hint to publishers on the importance to reach out to non-Western markets with hard copies or digital content.

And to finish it off, here’s a koala running down the hall. Seriously!

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