Reading List: The Curious Market for Conceptual Art, Interview Magazine’s Crafty Comeback and More

Reading List: The Curious Market for Conceptual Art, Interview Magazine’s Crafty Comeback and More

Ideas for Sale: When Marcel Duchamp placed a urinal on its side in 1917 and submitted it to the inaugural exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists — which responded with deep derision — Conceptual art was born. Here, Nate Freeman looks at the history of the movement and the abundant market that exists for intangible artwork that was never meant to be collected in the first place. Artsy

Comeback: Interview magazine will rise from the dead. The legendary publication, which closed down in May due to financial and legal troubles, has been repurchased for $1.5 million by its sole owner, the billionaire art collector Peter Brant, who declared the magazine bankrupt last spring, wiping out some $3 million in debt that was owed, in part, to former employees and freelance writers. In declaring bankruptcy, the magazine, which was founded in 1969 by Andy Warhol and was known for its coverage of the downtown New York cool kids scene, garnered extensive media attention and saw an uptick in Instagram followers. Its comeback issue will be released next month, with transgender model Hari Nef gracing the cover.  WWD

Reporter’s Notebook: Crime sprees have rocked museums in Norway, Sweden, France and England over the last nine years, with thieves targeting eerily similar objects: Chinese art that had been plundered through colonialism. In an in-depth article for GQ, reporter Alex W. Palmer explores the possible suspects behind what is shaping up to be one of the boldest — and most expensive — art heists of the 21st century. The story, which unfolds like a crime novella, floated the idea that the Chinese government may be stealing back the art as retribution for past wrongs. Now, Palmer is opening up about the exhaustive research that went into reporting the piece, and how his conclusions have sparked debate about the moral ambiguities of stealing already-stolen art. WBUR

Class Act: Actor Riz Ahmed (“Star Wars,” “Girls,” “The Night Of”) discusses his experience as the child of Pakistani immigrants navigating elite social worlds — from prep school to Oxford University to Hollywood. The notoriously modest actor engages in spirited yet friendly debate with his interviewer throughout this New York Times magazine piece, leading to one of those rare celebrity interviews that feels refreshingly honest. After it was published, Ahmed admitted on Twitter that it was the “most intimate profile” he’d ever done, and that he felt “seen” as a creative and as a person of color working in the industry. The New York Times

Delayed Accolades: Simone Leigh’s big break came late into her career. The 50-year-old Chicago artist has been working in the art world for the past 25 years, but her work was mostly ignored by mainstream collectors and exhibitors until 2016, when her sculptures of black women and girls stole the show at the Art Show in the Park Avenue Armory. Since then, her trajectory has been meteoric. In this interview with the New York Times, the artist discusses what it’s like to finally be recognized in an industry that has often excluded artwork about, and created by, women of color. The New York Times

Glass Ceilings: Back in the early 1970s, Rolling Stone was the Bible of American youth culture and a must-read for anyone who wanted to be in-the-know. A notorious boys club helmed by Jann Wenner, the magazine’s editorial department was entirely dominated by male writers and editors (with the exception of the secretaries, naturally) — until Marianne Partridge landed a job as copy chief and quietly put six women on the masthead, and changed the publication’s editorial operations in the process. Those women offer an oral history of their experiences working for the magazine where modern music criticism was born. Vanity Fair

Top Image: Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" sculpture.