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John Berger, RIP

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

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

Image via The Guardian

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”

Weekend Hot Links

Friday, November 11th, 2016

After a grueling week, we hope to enrich your weekend with recent art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community.

Image via British Journal of Photography

Image via British Journal of Photography

I Voted (British Journal of Photography): Voting booth as photo booth. (via SVA News)

Revolution Times (Print): Dig the graphic design of radical newspapers. (via Steven Heller)

Citizen Designers (Fast Co.Design): What designers should do now. (via Jess Mackta)

Comfort Viewing (BuzzFeed): The Lion King and Spirited Away might cheer you up. (via SVA News)

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Friday Hot Links

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Happy Friday! Might we suggest recent art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community?

Image by Stuart Tolley for WIRED

Image by Stuart Tolley for WIRED

Minimal Matters (WIRED): Trends in minimalist design are categorized in this new book. (via Jess Mackta)

Keith Kicks (Fashion Mag): Keith Haring iconic imagery will adorn Toms shoes. (via SVA News)

Prize Pictures (Sacramento Bee): A closer look at Jack Ohman’s Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoons. (via Steve Brodner)

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Faculty Updates

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Steve Brodner, Rachel Gogel, and Peter Hristoff!

Steve Brodner’s artwork churns up the cover of this week’s Village Voice. This is the latest update to Brodner’s triumphant series of Donald Trump editorial illustrations, which range from hilarious to chilling.

Steve Brodner for the Village Voice

Steve Brodner for the Village Voice

Rachel Gogel was selected by Inc. Magazine for its feature, “30 Under 30: Movers and Shakers in the Content Industry.” Inc. writes, “When the New York Times finally embraced native advertising with its T Brand Studios, it turned to Gogel to serve as Creative Director, helping brands to tell their story without compromising the journalistic integrity of the publication.”

Rachel Gogel has also been featured in OKREAL

Rachel Gogel has also been featured in OKREAL

Peter Hristoff continues his productive residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He’ll build on his  lecture and writing series by participating in two “9 Minute Talks at the Metthis weekend. Peter writes, “On Friday, I will be speaking about the vitality of an unfinished masterpiece and on Saturday about the tragedy of unfinished lives — lives cut short by the AIDS crisis.  Hope to see you at the Met Breuer.”

Peter Hristoff at the Met Museum

Met Museum Artist in Residence Peter Hristoff. Photo by Jonathas Nazareth


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Friday Hot Links

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Happy Friday! We want to share some art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community.

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Two-Lane Type (The New York Times): What typography does for safe driving. (via Jenny Kutnow)

Space-time Photo (NPR): A photographer captures the passage of time. (via John Rea)

Like Mike (The Guardian): On HBO’s tribute to director Mike Nichols (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

Facebook Feels (Fast Co. Design): How Facebook designers reached beyond “Like.” (via Robert Stribley)