Hrag Vartanian

ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on May 24, 2015

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This week, France’s faux prehistoric cave, Palmyra’s importance, does color exist, dangers of selfie sticks, and more.

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Post image for Why I Don’t Buy the Premise of Christoph Büchel’s Icelandic Mosque Pavilion

I’ve been hesitant to embrace Christoph Büchel’s project for the Icelandic Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale from the beginning.

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This week members of the Illuminator Art Collective filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York alleging false arrest and improper seizure of their property by the NYPD’s Central Park Precinct.

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Venetian officials plan to close the Icelandic Pavilion of the 2015 Venice Biennale, which features a working mosque that is part of an artwork by Swiss-Icelandic artist Christoph Büchel.

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Editor’s note: The following interview, which was conducted over email, is the third in a continuing series exploring BDS and its connection to the art world.

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ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on May 17, 2015

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This week, Picasso and global inequality, mistaking art for a garbage can, Twitter’s abuse problem, gayness vs. homosexuality, and more.

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Post image for As Third Member Is Refused Entry to UAE, Gulf Labor Renews Pressure on Guggenheim

The news that a third member of the Gulf Labor Artist Coalition was barred from entering the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has many people wondering what this means for the future of the Gulf nation’s growing art community.

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Today, Hyperallergic spoke to artist Walid Raad, who informed us that three days ago he was denied entry to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as he tried to attend the Sharjah Art Foundation’s March Meetings.

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The record price paid for Pablo Picasso’s “‘Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)” (1955) made us wonder what else could $180M buy?

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VENICE — The Abounaddara collective has withdrawn from All the World’s Futures, the 2015 Venice Biennale’s central exhibition curated by Okwui Enwezor, claiming that their opening short film, “All the Syria’s Futures,” was “censored” by not being screened on May 5.

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