- Surprise, surprise. A study by David Hope of the London School of Economics and Julian Limberg of King’s College London found that 50 years of tax cuts for the rich did not trickle down. Craig Stirling of Bloomberg reports:
Their findings published Wednesday counter arguments, often made in the U.S., that policies which appear to disproportionately aid richer individuals eventually feed through to the rest of the economy. The timespan of the paper ends in 2015, but Hope says such an analysis would also apply to President Donald Trump’s tax cut enacted in 2017.
“Our research suggests such policies don’t deliver the sort of trickle-down effects that proponents have claimed,” Hope said.
- I want to share Carolina Miranda’s latest column in the LA Times about Armenian cultural workers and artists responding to the war in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). I am quoted and it gives a good summary of the situation:
If you stand at the corner of Artsakh Avenue and East Broadway in Glendale you’ll catch a glimpse of a surreptitiously installed public monument.
It shows a woman’s face veiled by lace — a still from Sergei Parajanov’s 1969 film, “The Color of Pomegranates” — along with the phrase “ARTSAKH ENDURES.” Emanating from the piece is a soulful mix of Armenian songs.
To see (and hear) this unusual art piece, you’ll need a cellphone since “Monument to the Autonomous Republic of Artsakh” is totally virtual — visible only via an augmented reality app and visible only at that specific geographic point. It’s a poignant work: a reminder of a bloody conflict thousands of miles away in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan (known as Artsakh by Armenians), one that has left thousands dead and centuries of Armenian cultural legacy imperiled.
- Curbed writes about a Hungarian artist who posed as a billionaire to get inside 25 New York penthouse apartments and take photographs:
There were really four types of apartments. The first stage is when it was only the sales galleries, unfinished developments. This was, for example, at Central Park Tower, or Steinway Tower at 111 West 57th, or Lantern House, which is now building up along the High Line. And usually the way it works is that they show you around the sales gallery, which is secluded from the street — the windows are blocked, they’re building a one-to-one scale apartment, and then take you up to the ongoing construction.
The second type of apartments I saw were under construction, usually in these buildings that are just under construction, where sometimes you see not even a floor plan, but they take you up for the view, and you just stand on the slab. Sometimes you go up in the hoist, which is a bit scary. The highest was when they took me up to the Central Park Towers 100th floor. It’s gonna be the tallest residential tower on the planet.
The third type of apartment was in buildings that are going to have many apartments for sale, these new condos.
And then the fourth type was just one apartment for sale, without the context of the buildings — for example in the Trump buildings — either with its original furniture or not.
- A bunch of architects in India drew a comic critical of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s grand Central Vista plan for New Delhi. This is my favorite part (ouch):
- Very relatable:
- Leonard Roberts shares his experience in Hollywood as a Black actor in the TV serial Heroes and how institutional racism played a role in sidelining him. He also calls out Ali Larter, his co-star:
While that was my first episode, my co-star had been working on “Heroes” for over a month, and she’d shot another scene that called for Niki to seduce Nathan Petrelli, played by Adrian Pasdar. After watching the episode, I asked Pasdar if there had been any concerns similar to what I witnessed during my episode. He replied to the contrary, and mentioned her openness to collaboration and even improvisation. I pondered why my co-star had exuberantly played a different scene with the Petrelli character involving overt sexuality while wearing lingerie, but found aspects of one involving love and intimacy expressed through dialogue with my character, her husband, disrespectful to her core. I couldn’t help wondering whether race was a factor.
- Everything Baby Yoda, I mean Grogu, has eaten on The Mandalorian by Tracy Brown:
“The Prisoner” Mando meets up with a former work buddy for a job. Baby Yoda plays hide-and-seek. No time for snacks.
- Video of “A Conversation on Latinx Art featuring Arlene Dávila and Miriam Basilio, moderated by Professor Edward J. Sullivan” is now online. The conversation revolves around Dávila’s recent book Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and Politics:
- Someone is a creating a library of backyard gardens that documents fig trees planted by Italians in the US Northeast. I love everything about this. Reina Gattuso writes:
Starting in the late 1800s, when Italian immigrants poured into U.S. port cities, the Mediterranean trees took root in unexpected places: Astoria, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Bayonne, cities whose cold-weather climates seemed hostile to the plant. Yet the trees grew, even if their owners had to wrap them in burlap or bury them underground so they’d survive the cold winters.
You can still identify historically Italian neighborhoods by the presence of backyard fig trees. “I’ve literally walked around Brooklyn looking in backyards, and I can tell,” says Mary Menniti. “Oh, there’s a fig tree in the backyard and a Madonna. That’s an Italian-American garden.”
- Must be a slow news day in Kerry, Ireland:
- A really zany photography scam you will find interesting (read the whole thread):
- So true:
Required Reading is published every Saturday, and it is comprised of a short list of art-related links to long-form articles, videos, blog posts, or photo essays worth a second look.