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Arts roundup: Depravity, condensation, and the limits of Washington Post blogging

December 17, 2010 - 06:00 AM
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Die Antwoord
Reflecting on the immorality of pop in 2010, Ann K. Powers discusses the white minstrel act of South African group Die Antwoord.

In yesterday's news: Los Angeles Times critic Ann K. Powers salutes the adorable immorality of pop music and culture in 2010; The Washington Post doesn't do the whole multiple-blog-posts-in-one-day thing; Brightest Young Things poo-poos indie rock album cover art.

Ann K. Powers sums up a year of depravity, subversion, violence, and immorality in pop music, then neuters it completely, calling it... well, kinda cute. "Today's boundary-crashers... mostly lack earnestness, seeking to accomplish little beyond a bit of fun," she writes. Related: Pitchfork releases another installment of its Best Albums of 2010 list.

The soon-departing Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik gives us a kick-ass, feature-rich blog post about artist AA Bronson's wishes to remove his art from the Hide/Seek exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery (see: Portrait Gallery censorship controversy). Then, nothing else is posted on the Arts Post blog for the rest of the day.

Elsewhere at WashPo, Phil Kennicott travels to New York to show us how the Portrait Gallery controversy has rippled through New York's art scene; Allison Stewart interviews Liz Phair, who doesn't give a shit if you don't like her new record.

Brightest Young Things tackles the worst indie rock album art of the year.

Corcoran Gallery temporarily closes its Washington Color & Light exhibit due to the threat of condensation.

The Goethe-Institut releases details about the Film | Neu film festival taking place in January.

Missed Oliver Sacks speak at Sixth & I? Well here's a whole dang video of his talk.

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