Pants.COURTESY PIXABAY

Pants.

COURTESY PIXABAY

Patchwork

Background on the Athens incarnation of Documenta 14, which opens Saturday before the main German version in June. About criticism leveled by detractors in advance, curator Adam Szymczyk said, “No good deed goes unpunished.” [The New York Times]

A deep dive into the history of Picasso’s Guernica on the occasion of an exhibition in Madrid. [The Art Newspaper]

A review of books by John Berger with a story about a stone that may or may not exist (the story, not the stone—though both would seem to be in question). [N+1]

Lena Dunham writes about how her mom (Laurie Simmons!) likes pants in ways that taught her lasting lessons about womanhood. [Glamour]

Talk

Hans Ulrich Obrist and Alexander Kluge chat it up in a conversation that touches on Gesamtkunstwerks, The Rite of Spring, Chernobyl, elephants, and more. [E-Flux]

Anicka Yi talks with Ross Simonini about smell, bio-fiction, and eating at El Bulli. [Art in America]

There’s going to be a lot of culture this summer in the Berkshires, a.k.a. “Art Country.” [The Berkshire Eagle]

Power

A review of “Power,” a show in L.A. featuring art by African-American women from the 19th century to the present. [The Guardian]

“Why Authoritarians Attack the Arts,” an op-ed. [The New York Times]

Patience

Slow Art Day will be observed on Saturday in Minneapolis. [Star Tribune]

A story about the superb Brooklyn art-cinema enterprise Light Industry on the occasion of its fifth anniversary. [Bedford + Bowery]

Experimental music from artists and composers with decades’ worth of mind-melting experience featured at “The Long Now,” a 30-hour event at Kraftwerk Berlin. [London Review of Books]