Post image for No Irony, Just Paint: Marzie Nejad’s Fantasy Pictures Are for Real

Plucking something — anything — out of its original context, placing it in a different setting and letting whatever new meanings or implied meanings emerge from the unexpected juxtaposition: such an “appropriationist” gesture lies at the core of postmodernist art-making “strategies.”

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Post image for Wagner with Quotes on: Richard Maxwell’s ‘Isolde’

Director/writer Richard Maxwell was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, an unusual, though not undeserved, honor for a theater director. His Isolde, now running at the Abrons Arts Center, is a departure from his recent work, a surprisingly conventional play, which he presents in his customary flat, affectless fashion.

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Post image for Monsters’ Ball: Peter Saul and the Company He Keeps

The great iconoclastic painter Peter Saul, for the first time ever, has turned his hand to curating, gathering together nearly two dozen kindred spirits for a show that revels, as to be expected, in the libidinous and the ravenous, the stunted and the scared, the blinkered and the grotesque — that is to say, humanity. The effect, as to be expected, is sublime.

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Post image for Hirst Forgery Juror Speaks

A Florida pastor’s recent conviction for selling forged Damien Hirst spin paintings provided an absurdist twist to the tired art-scam narrative. Witness: a clergyman debunked by Science Ltd. (the name of Hirst’s studio).

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Post image for The Unseen Drawings of Kurt Vonnegut

Drawings by Kurt Vonnegut long kept in storage are getting the monograph treatment with a new publication of his playful, line-driven art. Kurt Vonnegut Drawings, coming next month from the Monacelli Press, features 145 selections of his work.

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Post image for Pace Gallery Plugs Into Silicon Valley

MENLO PARK, California — I’m going to be honest: I haven’t been much of a fan of Pace Gallery in the past, or many of the blue-chip/dynastic galleries, for that matter; I find the programming too centered on celebrities in an attempt to garner press and sales.

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Post image for 85,000 Historic Newsreels Released on YouTube Tell a Fascinating Story

Yesterday, British Pathé, known for its newsreels, announced that it had uploaded its entire collection to YouTube, making for a widely available trove of historic footage and a fascinatingly nerdy way to spend Friday afternoon.

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Pratt Presents During NYCxDESIGN 2014

by Sponsor on April 18, 2014

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Pratt Presents public programs showcase the Institute’s expertise and reputation as a distinguished academic institution, as well as a cultural hub.

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Comic

At My First Auction

by Steven Weinberg on April 18, 2014

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Auctions in the Catskills are colorful affairs.

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Art Movements

by Allison Meier on April 18, 2014

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Unpaid interns get NYC harassment rights, Joan Jonas to represent US at Venice Biennale, Gabriel García Márquez dies, search for painting in the Hong Kong landfill called off, and more from the week in art news.

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