At the moment, I don’t feel like praising a manifesto that calls for the extermination of a particular gender. This is my own fault. If I had just filed this essay when I was supposed to, I could have avoided this stupid fucking problem.
But watching my news feeds fill themselves up this last week, I felt like I was being force fed. I could have turned it off. But that felt like the ultimate luxury, to close my eyes and pretend like it wasn't happening. I haven’t watched his videos, or read his manifesto, but his presence has had a drastic impact. I’ve never followed the Didion cliché of [...]
"The band is the Warhol of pop—apolitical, fond of mechanical reproduction, and almost creepily prescient. While Warhol, with his silk screens and lithographs, was criticized for ignoring the idea that an art work is a unique object, traditionalists decried the anonymity of Kraftwerk’s machines, and implied that using synthesizers was somehow cheating. But, for both artists, it was not limiting that anybody could paint a soup can that someone else had designed, or that anybody could push a button on a keyboard that someone else had made. One could modify the image of mass-produced objects as needed, and both Warhol and Kraftwerk did, repeatedly. Making copies of things made them [...]
Great news! Awl pal Greg Allen has launched the Find the Warhols Project. You can help fund it, by making a donation now! Your donation will go to spread information about the cache of eleven Warhols stolen from Richard Weisman; the information will be distributed to the richest people in the world, who are, of course, the only people who will ever come in contact with these missing Warhols. Greg proposes to help people understand, for instance, which of these nearly-identical and decidedly over-valued Warhols is which. We should all pitch in to help Richard Weisman, who has been trying to unload these puppies for a while now, [...]