Post image for On Sexual Paintings and Shifting Images: An Interview with Joan Semmel

I have known about Joan Semmel for a long time. But recently I began thinking about the parallel concerns between my own practice and the work of this artist 20 or so years my senior.

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Are Emojis a Language?

by Becca Rothfeld on May 6, 2015

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Do emoji, which comprise so much of our textual communication, really constitute a language?

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Post image for Honoring the Long-Classified Ghost Army of World War II

With inflatable tanks, fake artillery, carefully orchestrated sonic illusions, and hand-sewn interchangeable patches for their uniforms, the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops were the Allied front’s secret weapon of deception.

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Post image for Two Projects Call on Camera-Armed Public to Record Police Brutality and Its Aftermath

The Maryland Historical Society issued a public call for photographs from the ongoing protests in Baltimore, and the American Civil Liberties Union of California released a new app that sends videos of police brutality recorded by users to the organization automatically.

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Post image for Coffin Beds and Penny Sleeps: An Exhibition on Victorian Homelessness

Over a century later, the voices of those taking refuge in the tomb-like beds of a Victorian homeless shelter are difficult to resuscitate, their experiences only echoed in the recordings of outsiders.

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ArtRx LA

by Matt Stromberg on May 5, 2015

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LOS ANGELES — This week, there’s a vintage cat film festival, Allen Rupperberg’s colorful phonetic translation of Allen Ginberg’s “Howl,” war games in the desert, and more.

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Post image for Botched Restoration Leaves Ancient Mosaics Looking Like Cartoons

It’s been nearly three years since an ill-trained restorer bestowed Beast Jesus upon the world (wide web), but now a mosaic artist in southern Turkey is calling attention to the cartoonish makeover given to Roman mosaics.

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Post image for Four Lingering Questions from Last Night’s Metropolitan Museum Gala

The fashion world’s elite came out last night in what is likely one of the most important events in the industry, as well as a huge fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on May 5, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: Iceland jails geyser-dyeing “landscape painter,” artist loses canvases left in alley, and offensive anti-homeless signs irk Illinoisans.

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Memento Mori — Looking at Death in Art and Illustration at the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery considers death’s role in society over the past 500 years.

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