How to Make a New Body of Work

by Lauren Purje on July 6, 2015

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Imagine you’re on top of a mountain …

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on July 5, 2015

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This week, history of barbecue, Damien Hirst’s mid-life crisis, conceptual poetry’s bigotry, the ISIS dildo flag, a crow rides a bald eagle, the first 3D printed office, and more.

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Weekend Words: Bank

by Weekend Editors on July 5, 2015

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“The male function is to produce sperm. We now have sperm banks.” —Valerie Solanis

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In his introduction to Clarence Major’s new poetry collection From Now On, Yusef Komunyakaa hints, even if he does not directly state, that there is a kind of natural quietude about Major’s work.

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Stanley Whitney in the 1990s

by John Yau on July 5, 2015

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Years ago I saw a drawing in a modest exhibition at the Centre Pompidou that Picasso made on a sheet of stiff cardboard while he was on a picnic with his friends, Michel and Louise Leiris. Not one to waste space, Picasso divided the surface into a grid, and in each small square he made a quick contour drawing of his longtime friends.

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The centenary of Dada is almost upon us. If the movement had an identifiable beginning, it was certainly at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich in 1916, where Richard Huelsenbeck, Hugo Ball, Emmy Hennings, Tristan Tzara, Marcel Janco, Hans Arp and others gathered for events that have come down to us in detached bits of information and cloudy rumors more than anything else.

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How does one begin to tell — or unravel — the story of Agnes Martin (1912–2004), one of modern art’s most original and self-effacing artists, especially when so many aspects of her personal history are shrouded in mystery, misinformation, myth and misunderstanding?

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Life Lines: Portrait Drawings from Dürer to Picasso at the Morgan Library & Museum may not venture very far beyond canonical European artists, but it uncovers richness and diversity within a circumscribed field, especially in the work of its two anchors, Albrecht Dürer and Pablo Picasso.

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Artists from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, and the UK.

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Whether under Dutch, British, or American control, New York’s early development was supported by slavery.

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