Link List #119: Colossal sculptures of household objects, the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion, and the first writer of color to win the Carnegie Medal.

This week we’ve been reading about the sad passing of renowned sculptor Robert Therrien, Liz Johnson Artur’s debut solo museum show exploring the African diaspora, and the first writer of color to be awarded the most prestigious prize for children’s books in the UK.

Serpentine Pavilion 2019 Designed by Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery, London (21 June – 6 October 2019), © Junya Ishigami + Associates, Photography © 2019 Norbert Tukaj
  • Last week saw the opening of the annual Serpentine Pavilion, which this year was designed by Japanese architect Junya Ishigami. Take a look at this article to find out more about the pavilion’s simple structure, which according to Frieze writer Amy Sherlock, belies its complex construction.
  • Robert Therrien’s lifelong fascination with household objects led him to recreate them as colossal sculptures. The sculptor, aged 71, sadly passed away last week. Find out more about his life and work on The New York Times.
  • Dominican-American slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo has become the first ever writer of color to win the Carnegie Medal, the UK’s most prestigious children’s books award. She received the award for Poet X, a verse novel telling the story of a quiet Dominican girl, who joins her school’s slam poetry club in Harlem. Find out more on The Guardian.
  • While Japanese anime is more popular than ever, low pay, a paucity of emerging young talent and burnout of overworked animation teams mean that the industry is in crisis. Find out more on The Japan Times.
  • The New Yorker reviews and showcases images from Liz Johnson Artur’s first solo museum show, Dushra, which they describe as a “vibrant chronicle of the African diaspora.”

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Text: Emily May