Post image for Fagen’s Critical Catalogue (August 2014, Part 2)

As for iSweat Fitness Music, ah, blame it if you will on my own schlocky taste.

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SEATTLE — I believe what Wallace Stevens said: a mythology reflects its region. So in moving from New York City to Seattle in 1995, I was doubly anxious, knowing neither the region nor its mythology.

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Jenny Dubnau

In Jenny Dubnau’s Long Island City studio is a vertical mirror with adhesive stenciled letters spelling out the name “Jennifer.”

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Post image for São Paulo Biennial Curators Join Artists in Repudiating Israeli Sponsorship

The curators of the 31st São Paulo Biennial have supported the artists’ call on the organization to return Israeli sponsorship funds, a demand they believe “should be a trigger to think about the funding sources of major cultural events.”

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Thanks for watching our daylong stream of videos from across the internet.

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Post image for Irma Vep as a Space Between the Artist and Her Creation

Artist Michelle Handelman has taken the epic 7-hour film Les Vampires about a bizarre underground criminal gang and transformed into “Irma Vep, The Last Breath,” a video project that is about “living in the shadows, criminal anxiety and the relationship between the artist and her creation, both fictional and real.”

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Commissioned by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, the songs in Adel Abidin’s “Three Love Songs” (2010) are transformed into sinister pop music videos that use attractive blonde women as conduits for the fallen dictator’s propaganda.

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Still from Harun Farocki,

Last month, German filmmaker and artist Harun Farocki died at the age of 70. Farocki made films that were unabashedly political yet remarkably reserved.

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In the 1980s, the dream of going pop — as in pop culture rather than Pop art — in the art wold was raging strong, and many people thought it practically imminent.

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Lorraine O'Grady

One of my favorite pieces included in Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at the Studio Museum in Harlem earlier this year was Adam Pendleton’s “Lorraine O’Grady: A Portrait” (2012).

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