Post image for Spotting Style in a More Bike-Friendly New York

When I became a bike rider back in the late 1970s, the very notion of New York Bike Style — now the title of a book by Sam Polcer (Prestel, 2014) — seemed like a contradiction in terms.

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Norman Rockwell,

Norman Rockwell may be best known for his Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations and homey paintings of idealized Anytown, USA scenes, but in terms of sheer numbers he was primarily a photographer.

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PARIS — I admit that I was nearly fed up with Paul McCarthy’s pretentious zombie provocation — and its sudden removal.

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Interior of Walter de Maria's former studio on East 6th Street

Collector and publisher Peter Brant — whose Brant Publications Inc. publishes Art in America, Interview, and Antiques — is joining the influx of museums to downtown Manhattan.

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Essays

Getting to Know Zombies

by Kristen Hutchinson on October 31, 2014

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Zombies have never been my favorite supernatural creatures. I find them kind of depressing — the way their flesh hangs off their rotting bodies, their lack of agency and intelligence, how they’re usually killed in such graphically violent ways.

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Harry Houdini

In one of his last great performances, Harry Houdini escaped after 90 minutes from a coffin submerged in the swimming pool of New York’s Shelton Hotel (today the New York Marriott East Side).

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News

The First Shrine of Its Kind in Iraq Is Destroyed

by Sam Hardy on October 31, 2014

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Nearly a thousand years old — the ‘first of its kind in Iraq’, according to Archnet, and one of the last six standing, according to Iraq Heritage — the distinctive muqarnas-domed mausoleum is now a statistic.

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Isabelle Hayeur,

A politically charged video projection by the artist Isabelle Hayeur has been pulled from the Biennale de Montréal, after the owner of the building on whose exterior it was being shown complained.

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News

Art Movements

by Tiernan Morgan on October 31, 2014

Alex Chinneck,

This week in art news: A wax house is melting in London, Egyptian activist Sanaa Seif was sentenced to three years in prison, and da Vinci’s “Portrait of a Man in red chalk” (c.1512) is to go on public display in Turin.

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As big data has infiltrated our everyday lives, Lev Manovich and his collaborators have explored the data of everyday life as a window on social transformation.

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