Weekly Update: Jeff Koons’ Unwelcome Tulips Edition

What we were reading this week, from the latest news about Koons' controversial new work, to a guide to getting what you want.


Our Weekly Update is here to bring you our favorite links from the past week: art and design news you might have missed, must-see stories, and the best new contests and calls for entry.

Jeff Koons goes ahead with his controversial new Paris sculpture

Despite criticism from Parisians, the American artist’s Bouquet of Tulips will be installed in the Petit Palais garden. The work is intended to commemorate victims of the 2015 terror attacks in Paris. Writing in Hyperallergic, Joseph Nechvatal is having none of it: “Like “Large Vase of Flowers” (1991), “Bouquet of Tulips” (2016) is just a straining example of his signature brain-dead brand aesthetic of vacuous, hyper-commodified financial empowerment.”

Adobe MovingStills convincingly adds motion to still images

PetaPixels reports on this interesting new Adobe feature: “At the ongoing Adobe MAX 2018 conference, Adobe is showing off some sneak peeks of features being developed for the Creative Cloud. One of them is MovingStills, which lets you add realistic camera moves to any still photograph, bringing it to life. The idea is to use artificial intelligence to intelligently create parallax based on what’s found in a photo, turning it into a faux video shot with a moving camera.”

Hungary’s new generation of photography

Creative Boom takes a look at the up and coming creators of the country that was home to photography icon László Moholy-Nagy, as publisher Hatje Cantz puts out a book highlighting some of the country’s most notable contemporary photographers. Some fascinating images and names to know here.

A creative guide to asking for what you need

From The Creative Independent and Void Academy, a beautifully illustrated guide to getting what you want finding career success by asking for it: “Remember: if you make art that resonates with people, they’ll want you to keep making it. But until you clarify what you need to keep making it, you’ll be the only one who knows what you need to keep going.”

Looking back at the most widely-attended exhibition ever

To celebrate their ongoing Magnum Photos collaboration, Portrait of Humanity, British Journal of Photography shares the history of Portrait of Man, a 1950s-era touring photo exhibition that aimed to document humanity around the world: “Selected works included a 1950 photograph showing four generations of farm workers; a young boy playing the flute in Peru; an Inuit mother of the Padleimut tribe kissing her child in an Igloo in 1950, alongside more harrowing images; a ‘damaged child’ staring hauntingly into the camera in Shacktown, Oklahoma in 1936, and a soldier with a thousand yard stare in Korea, 1950.”

Call for entry: Welcome to My Neighborhood Photo Challenge

In Pexel’s latest call for photos, they’ve teamed up with Rebrand Cities to look for submissions of images that showcase real local neighborhoods and businesses. The winner will get an iPad. Entry is open until October 31.

Have a tip or call for entry to share? Did you write an article or publish a project that you think we’d like? Let us know.


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