a grandfather dressed with eight super arms depicted by the child’s drawing (via designboom)

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Tuesday's links

ARTnews asks what’s in a name and looks into the grueling task of selecting a museum show title. “Got a show to curate? Need a title for your exhibition? You might look to the Internet and click on Rebecca Uchill’s Random Exhibition Title Generator, which will give you such plausible-sounding banners as “Breaking Dissent: A Remix of the Local” or “After Illusion: The Video Art of Urban Experience.”… Uchill’s spoof provides an instant fix for the titling dilemma, but in reality, curators and members of museum marketing, communications, and publications departments put a great deal of thought into naming their shows, and the process can take months, even years.” [ARTnews]

Art Basel has slowly changed the art landscape of Miami. The Art Newspaper talks to Silvia Karman Cubiñá to find out how. “Art Basel may not have instantly made Miami into a global art hub, as some predicted when it first landed on Florida’s shores in 2002, but the fair has been steadily driving year-round museum attendance and arts patronage—and, according to Silvia Karman Cubiñá, the executive director and chief curator of the Bass Museum of Art, filtering art into everyday life.” [The Art Newspaper]

Versailles celebrates the royal gardener who paved the way for urban planning as we know it today. “France’s Chateau of Versailles has pulled out all the stops for one of its favorite sons, gardener Andre Le Notre, who designed the palace’s famous gardens. This year, to mark the 400th anniversary of Le Notre’s birth, several of the garden’s fountains are being restored and the chateau is hosting an exhibit on his life through February 2014. Experts say Le Notre’s work was so groundbreaking, it continues to influence contemporary urban architecture.” [NPR]

Grey Power, one of our favorite projects of the year, celebrates the elderly through the eyes of their adoring grandchildren. “shedding new light on a generation, ’grey power’ by netherlands-based designer yoni lefevre is a photographic project that visualizes the elderly as vivacious and almost super-human, through images drawn by their grandchildren. the group of four youngsters were asked to sketch a picture of one of their grandparents. instead of illustrating them as aged and sedentary, their sketches depict colorful, active scenes of grandmothers and grandfathers playing tennis, planting flowers, and even juggling with eight extraordinary arms. the charming and honest viewpoint of the young artists reimagines grandparents as dynamic, sharp and engaged members of the household, a perception that often is overlooked by our rapidly moving society. lefevre explains that‘older people are perceived as standing on the sideline, having lost their independence. but I see the great value this generation can offer‘.” [designboom | Yoni Lefevre]

a grandfather dressed with eight super arms depicted by the child’s drawing (via designboom)