Hrag Vartanian

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on September 25, 2016

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This week, the Facebook near-billionaire secretly funding Trump’s meme machine, Henry Louis Gates Jr. on Black American history, pocket politics, and more.

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Amateurs may think that inspiration drives artistic production, but professionals know the muses are rarely to blame for creative clogging.

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White Supremacy’s Strange Skittles Obsession

by Hrag Vartanian on September 20, 2016

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The US Presidential election cycle has become a hotbed of coded memes and imagery.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on September 18, 2016

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This week, CATS in the London tube, Shriver’s cultural appropriation heard around the world, Clinton’s white supremacy explainer, normalizing Trump, Gawken, and more.

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We’ve become accustomed to the usual art institution social media feeds that remind us of artist birthdays, collection highlights, upcoming events, and the other static in our art-filled lives. OK, that’s harsh, but you know what I mean.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on September 11, 2016

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This week, the US flag and Black protest art, walking into a rainbow, Obama’s cold shoulder to the arts, a first look at the collection of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and more.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on September 4, 2016

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This week, the dawn of the Anthropocene, the true story of Bob Ross, Stuart Davis, Grangerizing, the future of “the American dream,” the Dismal Swamp, and much more.

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In 1974, artist Victor Trasov ran for mayor of Vancouver under the guise of his performance art persona, Mr. Peanut.

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Welcome to Videodrome

by Hrag Vartanian on September 2, 2016

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Once a year, Hyperallergic probes the video vault that is the internet to present a daylong series we’ve named after the 1983 sci-fi classic Videodrome.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on August 28, 2016

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This week, the new African American museum, the troubles of nonprofit workers, Norton Museum’s Cranach diptych, the Qatari art scene, colonial nostalgia, and more.

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