Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on April 26, 2015

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This week, a quadruple rainbow, genocide at 100, remaking Mackintosh, poetry inspired by visual art, the creator of the emoticon, the first anime, and more.

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Weekend Words: Piano

by Weekend Editors on April 26, 2015

Édouard Vuillard,

On Mayday, the new Whitney Museum, designed by Renzo Piano, opens to the public.

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Bern Porter: Never Finish

by Carl Little on April 26, 2015

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It could be argued that Jenny Holzer’s appropriation of advertising language/modes owes something to the Maine-born, physicist-engineer-turned-poet Ben Porter’s brilliant anti-establishment send-ups of the admonitions of ad men.

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Post image for Language Is Not Colorless: The Amazing Writing of Sawako Nakayasu

Since the beginning of this century a number of poets of Asian descent have published books that have helped redefine the field of study known as Asian American poetry, while challenging the various received definitions of what constitutes avant-garde or innovative writing.

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Still Chill

by Lucas Fagen on April 25, 2015

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Remember when chillwave was considered a genre? Remember when a select number of elite, unrelated, alternative-identified musicians making slow, synthy loungetronica were considered the future of Western civilization?

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Rembrandt, “The Artist in his Studio” (ca. 1626)

Rembrandt got old and poor and sad but he never got timid, as the 70 or so paintings on the walls of Late Rembrandt demonstrate.

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In 2003, Daisy Youngblood collected her MacArthur prize and decamped to Costa Rica. The sculptures in her current solo at McKee Gallery, Daisy Youngblood: Ten Years 2006-2015, covers the work she’s done since, a ménage of animals and humans, clay and hair, rocks and sticks, where the mythic is extracted from the dregs of the earth.

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Post image for Slicing Up Eyeballs in a Surrealist Game

The startling 1929 surrealist silent film Un Chien Andalou made by Luis Buñuel in collaboration with Salvador Dalí is now a deeply unsettling video game.

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It was in hopes of casting a more loving and empathetic spotlight on the elderly that Patrícia Monteiro created her series Life Ever After.

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Post image for Deal the Colors of the Rainbow with a New Playing Card Deck

Centuries of use haven’t changed the standard deck of playing cards much. A new version designed by Fredericks & Mae puts all 54 cards on the color spectrum in a fanning rainbow.

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