Post image for Empty Vitrines at British Institutions Call for Copyright Reform

Museums and libraries in the United Kingdom are demanding copyright reform by leaving exhibits and display cases conspicuously empty in protest. The institutions are making a stand against a law that prevents them from showing millions of unpublished documents, particularly those dating from World War I.

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The recently minted Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, has mounted a prodigious exhibition of contemporary art titled State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.

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Galleries

Exploring Life’s Dead Ends on Repeat

by Melissa Stern on November 20, 2014

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Station Independent Projects, a sliver of space on the Lower East Side, is currently presenting a video piece by Pierre St-Jacques that not only transcends the medium’s clichés, but is a work of such intense longing and beauty that stepping back out onto the hubbub of Suffolk Street is a shock.

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Late last month, Dilma Rousseff was re-elected president of Brazil, bringing one of the country’s most bitter elections to a close. Though the campaign season has ended, tons — as in literal tons — of illegal signage remain on the streets.

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Street

Art That Was Always Meant to Be Hidden

by Allison Meier on November 20, 2014

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The portraits in Oliver Jeffers’ Dipped Paintings series exist as wholes only in the memories of those who witnessed their submersion.

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Post image for New Bill Could Keep Looted Syrian Goods Out of US

A new bipartisan bill aims to sharpen the United States’ response to looting in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries impacted by war, political instability, or natural disaster.

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Post image for Saying Goobye to the Old Whitney Museum with a Digital Drug Trip

Last night the Whitney Museum said goodbye to its Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue with a gala and party. There, the institution announced the opening date of its new home in the Meatpacking District — May 1, 2015 — and unveiled the last artwork commissioned for the Breuer building.

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As rape allegations against Bill Cosby have continue to emerge this week, with a fifth and sixth woman stepping forward to publicly accuse the iconic comedian, the backlash has been swift. But Cosby’s collaboration with the art establishment remains alive and well.

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Photographer Roland Miller has spent 25 years gaining access to abandoned NASA sites across the United States, capturing their history and strange imagery before they disappear.

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Books

Repicturing Black Fatherhood

by Rob Colvin on November 20, 2014

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I overheard a man suggest to another that Father’s Day be renamed. For him, and for so many other black men he knew, there was or is no biological father to celebrate the holiday with.

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