Ancient cave murals in India getting some needed cleanings, the architecture of America in a time of strife, a video game inspired by Gaza, dating advice from Ovid and L.A., L.A., L.A. — it seems everyone wants a piece of us. This, along with a ginormous comet and a Marina Abramovic pug. Yes, it's Round-Up time:
— Now, onto the hard news: A new video game is based on actual tweets from Gaza. Unfortunately, it's not everything it's cracked up to be, writes Chris Priestman in Kill Screen.
— Critic Christopher Hawthorne analyzes the architecture of Ferguson: a prototypical suburban American commercial strip that has become a stage for dissent and a militarized show of force.
— Moving onto the issue of race: We are still talking about Donelle Woolford, the fictitious African American artist conceived by white artist Joe Scanlan. There are fresh essays on the topic by Jennifer Krasinski and Lauren O'Neill-Butler in Dis Magazine, and Shelly Bancroft and Peter Nesbett on the Walker Museum's Untitled blog. Bancroft and Nesbett once created a fictional African American artist called Lester Hayes. (I had my own take on this whole mess back in June.)
— Everyone hearts L.A. The New York Times gathers a checklist of artists who have moved to L.A., because L.A., it's like, the thing. And Artnet writes about L.A. being hot, hot, hot. But let's not let this go to our heads, people. The traffic sucks hard and a turkey sandwich and a drink at Grand Central Market will run you well into the double digits.
— Sort of related: L.A.'s Bettina Korek, the founder of ForYourArt on Wilshire Boulevard, gets the Wall Street Journal treatment.
— And because you can never have too many links about art and L.A.: It appears the art industry is throwing its weight behind Bobby Shriver to replace Zev Yaroslavsky as L.A. county supervisor, complete with a party thrown by shiny-object-mogul Larry Gagosian. Mayor Eric Garcetti, however, has endorsed competitor John Duran, who serves on the West Hollywood council.
— And since we're on to the topic of design: KCRW rounds up six very interesting SoCal schools.
— Plus, ArchDaily has a worthwhile list of the 10 most overlooked female architects. Enlightening reading.
— Stuff I'm totally excited about: choreographer Yvonne Rainer is going to present a new dance piece at the Getty Center in October. Mark your calendars, El Lay. This should be good.
— Art writer John Yau explores our "culture of hyperbole" and the very mainstream worlds of Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol. (The phrase, incidentally, was inspired by L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan.)
— Meanwhile, on the teen girl front: New York Magazine has a terrific piece about gURL, a pioneer of teen pop feminism online.
— Not related in the least: "The theater is a great place to pick up girls," and other bits of dating advice from Ovid's "Ars Amatoria."
— There is an art heist comedy on the horizon and it stars Johnny Depp. BRING. IT.
— Waaaaaay bigger than Michael Heizer's pebble at the L.A. County Museum: Twitter user @quark1972 superimposed the 7P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet onto the L.A. skyline for scale and it looks totally Armageddon.