[MONDAYS ARE FINE] DECEMBER 10
 Julie Mehretu on a Monday

Julie Mehretu on a Monday

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1. Woah! It’s already the final week of The WW Club Class of 2018. Thank you to everyone who enrolled and got involved - we hope you learnt some things. If you missed the memo and want to get play catch up, The Work Book is a streamlined way to do just that. It features all the assignments from the year’s curriculum, as well as 9 original worksheets that will help you do everything from writing a business plan for You, Inc. to redefining your own vision of success. Get yours here. (P.S. Our Q Planner sold out in a day! But fret not - more copies are on the way).

2. If your 2019 plan involves being more creative in any capacity, then make some time for Jerry Saltz’s 33 rules on How To Be An Artist. It’s full of gems that apply all kinds of career - I particular like this one: “The best definition of success is time — the time to do your work.”

3. As well as being one of the funniest people on Twitter, Chrissy Teigen is lowkey creating her own business empire - and it’s the anthesis of GOOP. This Slate article charts Teigen’s success, and makes some salient observations on the problematic messaging underneath Gwyneth Paltrow’s counterpart lifestyle brand: “Women are taught from a young age that we can make ourselves worthy and healthy through regulating what we put in our mouths (versus, say, advocating for humane boundaries in our work lives) and, moreover, that extreme control should be joyful in and of itself.” Food for thought, indeed.

4. Not an entertaining read, but a deeply useful one for some of you reading this. New Yorkers, did you know about the Freelance Isn’t Free Act that went into effect in May of last year? It guarantees your rights to contracts and timely payments - or else your employer is legally required to pay you double your original fee. Gamechanger.Learn more here.

5. Salute to online teen mag Rookie, which is closely after seven incredible years. Founder Tavi Gevinson’s Editors Letters have always been one of the best parts of the site and her final note is no exception. It’s an honest explanation of why the platform is folding, but also a deeply vulnerable insight into the challenges and heartbreaks of attempting to monetize something built from love. Anyone who has ever tried to run a business from the heart will relate.

HAPPENINGS

LONDON

At The Hayward Gallery, find a curation of sculptures and art pieces that disrupt and alter our sense of space. See works from Anish Kapoor and Yayoi Kusama among others.

NEW YORK

Now on view at the Museum of the City of New York, three photographers spent years documenting the lives of Chinese New Yorkers in the city that’s home to the largest ethnically Chinese population outside of China.

LOS ANGELES

At The Getty, MONUMENTality explores how humans have created physical markers of history through the centuries with monuments.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] DECEMBER 3
 Sonia Delaunay on a Monday

Sonia Delaunay on a Monday

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1. First up: We couldn't find the perfect planner (to us that meant: compact/clean design/actually useful) so we made one ourselves. The Q Planner follows our ethos of taking things one quarter at a time...and also carving out space for gratitude, big goals, and - crucially - yourself, every single dayGet yours here.

2. There's also The Work Book - a sleek and streamlined collection of all our best assignments and worksheets from the Class of 2018. Buy the physical or digital versions over here.

3. "It's not a dirty word. I want to be rich!" Call Your Girlfriendpodcaster/digital strategist/influencer (her choice of job title, not ours) Aminatou Sow's Work Diary for The New York Times features some very inspiring day rates.

4. "In the past, being relaxed and not burdened with too much work was a sign of status. Now, being extremely busy shows you are important. If you are not insanely overburdened, then you are seen as a slacker." This article from The Guardian will make you reconsider'coasting' in your job (at least for these final few weeks of the year. Bet you're tired. We are).

5. Speaking of slowing down: Writer and essaying Pico Iyer makes a very compelling case for doing just that on Oprah's Super Soul Conversations. I'm off to read his new book The Art of Stillness(slowly).

HAPPENINGS

LONDON

Politics, comedy, and art become one in Black Mirror: Art As Social Satire at Saatchi Gallery which features work from 26 contemporary artists.

NEW YORK

Charles White: A Retrospective at MoMA features four decades of powerful portraits of African-Americans.

LOS ANGELES
On view at LACMA now, 3D: Double Vision is the first American exhibition to survey a full range of artworks, dating from 1838 to the present, produced in three dimensions.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] NOVEMBER 26
 William T. Williams on a Monday

William T. Williams on a Monday

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1. Janelle Monáe: Genius musician, actress, performer, and entrepreneur. This Fast Company profile is full of inspiring tidbits to inspire your own vision for what work could mean... Her Atlanta-based creative empire Wondaland sounds like the work/life dream:"Organization, strategy, and a tight group of trusted collaborators keep Janelle Monáe’s artistic world spinning." Spin on, Janelle.

2. We all know that Instagram is changing the way we see the world, ourselves, and each other, but it feels almost impossible to parse out these effects in real time. Thankfully we have brilliant writers like Jenna Wortham to do some of the hard thinking for us, as in this piece on social media and gender identity for The New York Times Magazine.

3. The quest for a better morning routine continues. Here are some more tips to mine when crafting your own. A key takeaway: to be mindful of what energizes you, even if it's not the conventional gym-meditation-matcha routine we all think we should be doing. It might be playing with your cat. If so, make time for it.

4. Hilton Als (have you read White Girls? You should) on Missy Elliotfor The New Yorker c. 1997A joy from start to finishMuch like Missy herself. [Via @judnikki]

5. 100 influential women from around the world, as selected by the BBC, to help inspire your 2019 energy. Let's bring it.

HAPPENINGS


The 20th anniversary tour of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill reaches London on December 3 at the O2.

NEW YORK

Soul of A Nation: Art In the Age of Black Power shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983" - including the work of local painter William T. Williams, shown above.

LOS ANGELES

Artist Jordan Wolfson's immersive environment featuring a robotic sculpture, (Female figure), 2014, is on view at The Broad now.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] NOVEMBER 19
 Anna Maria Maiolino on a Monday

Anna Maria Maiolino on a Monday

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1. Oprah x Michelle OSay no more. 

2. Monday already got you stressed? Here's a very calm place on the Internet. And breathe...

3. Continuing in this vein: Some compelling thoughts on slowness, via the ever-thoughtful Vestoj.

4. Five universal laws of success, according to someone who did the research. 

5. Is it part of the responsibility of the artist to elevate the taste of his or her audience, at least in part? Some food for thoughtvia BrainPickings.

HAPPENINGS

LONDON

Our LA friends at Everybody.World are heading over the pond for a pop-up at Ace Hotel London. They'll be selling their soul-lifting wares and hosting some cool programming. Get involved.

NEW YORK

‘ERRÂNCIA POÉTICA (POETIC WANDERINGS)' is a new solo exhibition from the eminent Brazilian artist Anna Maria Maiolino, whose work is shown at the top of this email. It just opened at Hauser & Wirth.

LOS ANGELES

Explore and be inspired by avante-garde graphic design from California from 1975-1995, a time with dizzying technological innovation and social change at West of Modernism: California Graphic Design at LACMA.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] NOVEMBER 12
 Toyin Ojih Odutola on a Monday.

Toyin Ojih Odutola on a Monday.

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1. Let’s start the week on a tasteful note, shall we? The Gentlewoman’s EIC Penny Martin recently spoke to The Cut about politics, academia, and her unexpected career in fashion. It makes for an inspiring read. (For more from Penny, check out her interview inThe Working Woman’s Handbook.)

2. There are things that come up in life that you can’t just navigate around. You have to go straight through them.” Heather Havrilesky (aka Ask Polly) is a wise woman and a brilliant writer (interviewed here by Broadly). Can’t wait to read her new book, What If This Were Enough.

3. Ever feel lonely? Often feel lonely? You’re definitely not alone (no pun intended). Psychology Today explores an ‘epidemic’ of our times, and offers some helpful ideas for reconnecting.  

4. Stop giving your power away. No, but really

5. For visionary make-up artist and creative director Isamaya Ffrench,the future is bright

HAPPENINGS

LONDON

All I Know Is What's On The Internet is an exhibition at The Photographer's Gallery in which contemporary artists document 21st-century photography and how we consume visual knowledge on a daily basis. 

NEW YORK

See works from Nigerian artist Toyin Ojih Odutola alongside Elijah Burgher and Nathaniel Mary Quinn in For Opacity at The Drawing Center downtown. 

LOS ANGELES

Inspired by American painter and film critic Manny Farber and his legendary underground essay “White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art” (1962), One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art at MOCA of over 100 paintings is “termite art” in that, in Farber’s words, “the artist seems to be ingesting both the material of his art and the outside world through horizontal coverage.”

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] NOVEMBER 5
 Hilma Af Klint on a Monday

Hilma Af Klint on a Monday

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1. New month, new mood! This November, #THEWWCLUBCO18 is all about cultivating a mindset of fulfillment and a mood for success. Subscribe for weekly assignments and monthly worksheets over here.

2. “Not all projects and assignments are created equal. Start each day by asking yourself, “Is this the most important thing I can use my time and skills on right now?” If the answer is no, consider whether you can eliminate it, delegate it, or replace it with something with higher impact.” AWAY founder Jen Rubio’s philosophy of doing less to achieve more is a BIG mood for these final (busy!!) months of the year. 

3. Hilma af Klint was an early-20th-century Swedish mystical abstract painter whose work evoke bright and beautiful dreams of the future, against all odds. Learn more about her here, and see her work at a new Guggenheim exhibition (info below). We’ll see you there. 

4. Always feeling behind on your work, no matter how much you try to catch up? Maybe try to catch up less, and even more crucially - do lessMore on this.

5. Tiffany Haddish describes her spectacular career as “a delicious roasted chicken”This profile offers some insight into her not-so-secret recipe.
 

HAPPENINGS

LONDON

The Fashion and Textile Museum just opened exhibition entitled Night and Day: 1930s Fashion Photographs, showcasing the day and evening looks during one of design’s most transformative eras, ditching the glitz of the Jazz Age for the utilitarianism of World War II. 

NEW YORK

That Hilma Af Klint exhibition we mentioned above is open now at the Guggenheim.

LOS ANGELES

Ms. Lauryn Hill. SZA. Jorja Smith. Tyler, The Creator. Virgil Abloh. Enough said! (If you need more convincing, check out the entire amazing lineup of Camp Flow Gnaw, November 10 and 11 at Dodger Stadium)

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] OCTOBER 29
 Barbara Hepworth on a Monday.

Barbara Hepworth on a Monday.

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1. Big thanks to the Wall Street Journal for featuring us in this articleabout the ways in which women are seeking mentorship outside of work. An honour!

2. Life itself is an exercise in finding balance in ever-changing permutations, and it can be interesting to know how other people go about it. The Guardian’s The Balance column is full of helpful ideas to add to your own unique formula - last week, we liked Adriene Mischler’s advice to ‘focus on three things intimately, rather than 300 things half-arsed.’ What are your three?

3. The only thing better than the promise of a forthcoming Solange album are the interviews we get to enjoy until it arrives. Here, she’s celebrated by The New York Times Style Magazine as one of the ‘Greats’. Amen. 

4. As you probably already know, it’s Halloween this week. Mark the occasion by grappling with the truly scary shit in life, with a little help from our fear-fighting fact sheet. Better the devil you know, right?

5. How well are you feeling this Monday? And what does wellness even mean to you? In a great new series by Fariha Róisín for Healthyish, NY-based chef Angela Dimayuga offers one of the best definitions I’ve read“Wellness to me means staying ambitious to your cause but being conscious of what your body and mind need to get there.” Let’s get there."

HAPPENINGS

LONDON

Check out BeautyStack’s online/offline pop-up salon in Kings Cross this Tuesday and Wednesday (and make sure you download the app, too!)

NEW YORK

Bitten is a new kind of food conference, exploring the cultural, political, and social implications of the stuff that sustains us. It’s happening this weekend in NYC.

UNITED KINGDOM

If you’re in Yorkshire - or the general vicinity - make a trip to The Hepworth Wakefield to check out The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, which opens on Friday. 

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