Victor Hugo, Vianden Seen through a Spider Web

Victor Hugo, Vianden Seen through a Spider Web, 1871. Image and original data provided by Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, N.Y.;

This month’s recommended reading, divided into three semi-useful categories:


  • Nearly half a century ago, feminist art historian Linda Nochlin asked, “Why have there been no great women artists?” A new wave of all-women exhibitions revives the question—and suggests a new answer.


  • Geography might not be our strong point, but even we got a kick of these map blunders.
  • Earlier this year, sculptor Anish Kapoor was given exclusive rights to the blackest black in the world, so another artist has now created the world’s pinkest pigment and is making it available to everyone–except Kapoor.
  • Hieronymus Bosch, Albrecht Durer, and a bed for fifty people.
  • The Museum of Modern Art acquired the original set of 176 emoji for its permanent collection.
  • Police arrested a man dressed as a tree in Portland, Maine, for blocking traffic. He says it was performance art.
  • Tombili, a fat cat from Istanbul that became a social media sensation, has been commemorated as a statue by the city authorities after 17,000 people demanded a tribute to his memory.