John Berger, RIP

January 3rd, 2017

John Berger, the influential art critic, novelist, and screenwriter passed away yesterday at age 90.

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In the late 1940s while teaching drawing, Berger also became an art critic, publishing many essays and reviews in the New Statesman.

Decades later, he hosted “Ways of Seeing” on the BBC, the counterpart to his book of the same title, “an art-school standard on both sides of the Atlantic.

A polarizing public intellectual and lifelong Marxist, “Mr. Berger burrowed into the sexism underpinning the tradition of the nude; the place of high art in an image-saturated modern world; the relationship between art and advertising; and, of particular importance to him as a voice of the British New Left, the way traditional oil painting celebrated wealth and materialism,” according to the New York Times.

His novel, G, won the Booker prize in 1972. Berger split the winnings with the British Black Panthers, as he was “disdainful of Booker McConnell’s historical association with indentured labour in the Caribbean.”

In a recent interview, Berger reflected, “When I look back on my life I think it’s very significant I never went to a university. I refused to go. Lots of people were pushing me and I said, ‘No. I don’t want to’, because those years at university form a whole way of thinking.”

Video: Watch John Berger in “Ways of Seeing”

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Weekend Hot Links

December 16th, 2016

Happy Friday! We hope to keep you warm this weekend with recent art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community.

Image via The Fader

Image via The Fader

Black Eye (The Fader): How one photographer confronts the freedoms denied to Black Americans. (via SVA News)

To-Do List (New York): Want to be more productive in 2017? (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

Kid Stuff (Brain Pickings): 2016’s best children’s books include stories of Albert Einstein and Louise Bourgeois. (via Debbie Millman)

Body Art (Time Out LA): Keith Haring’s hand-painted automobiles are on view. (via SVA News)

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Weekend Hot Links

December 9th, 2016

Happy Friday! We hope to enrich your weekend with recent art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community.

Image via Newsweek

Image via Newsweek

Indy Films (Newsweek): How Harrison Ford Made Indiana Jones An Icon (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

Letters Home (WIRED): How Arrival’s Designers Crafted a Mesmerizing Alien Alphabet. (via SVA Products of Design)

Saudi Design (Al Jazeera): How two young Saudi women host a design event that is pushing boundaries. (via Jess Mackta)

Damaged Goods (Artnews): How to Fix the Art World. (via SVA News)

Design Duty (Design Observer) What designers can do in our new political reality. (via Steven Heller)

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