I'm officially out this week (enjoying the sauna that is New York), but there's always time for a roundup. And it's got all kinds of weirdness, from a CIA writing manual to the attempt to save a brutalist building by Paul Rudolph to stories about incredibly large statues that offend. Internet, you never disappoint:
— Plus, there’s an Instagram “television series” — and it’s about artists and the art world. It’s pretty funny.
— The CIA has a writing manual. And it’s kind of riveting. Sample: “Free World: is at best an imprecise designation. Use only in quoted matter.”
— Salvadoran president turns the country’s presidential palace into an art center.
— An absolutely flabbergasting story about the 1978 World Cup held in Argentina — and the dictatorship it helped prop up. Drop whatever you're doing and read this piece.
— Sort of related: The Guardian now has Internet art.
— An advocacy group in Washington, D.C. is trying to stop the dissolution of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
— The Guggenheim Museum’s famous rotunda gallery in New York has been an all-male zone since 2011, reports Art F City.
— The Huntington Library has acquired two important works by African American artists.
— In Goshen, N.Y., trying to save a prime example of Paul Rudolph’s brutalist architecture.
— Christopher Hawthorne reconsiders Peter Zumthor’s plan for his Cylon Base Star ... I mean LACMA building.
— Museum director Michael Govan, however, says Zumthor's project will add a noteworthy new piece of architecture to the L.A. landscape.
— L.A.’s old Cold War sirens.
— How to be totally metal while remodeling your home.
— And then there's this: Because when you restage your old performance art pieces you want to be wearing Adidas: Marina Abramovic has her own World Cup ad. For serious.