Hrag Vartanian

Events

ArtRx NYC

by Hrag Vartanian on October 21, 2014

Still from ‘

This week, a forgotten graffiti documentary, Bushwick bursting with international art, classic zombies, restoring color to ancient sculptures, and more.

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Another Vandal Hits Jeff Koons Retrospective

Last night, a graffiti writer identified by the New York Times as Christopher Johnson, 33, of Manhattan, vandalized a fourth floor wall of the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art.

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ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on October 19, 2014

The Gif Connoisseur

This week, an art project asks people to give away their data for a cookie, the first web brower turns 20, a child befriends Siri, slowing down in museums, the smell of old books, tea propaganda, and more.

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Paul McCarthy's

After a rough start for Paul McCarthy’s 80-foot tall “Tree,” that included a few punches and name-calling by people unhappy with the artist’s provocation, the inflatable green sculpture has been, well, unplugged.

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Sam Durant's Invisible Surrealists at Paula Cooper Gallery

In 1945, Andre Breton traveled to the Haitian capital of Port au Prince to deliver a lecture on “Surrealism and Haiti.”

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Post image for Paul McCarthy’s XXXmas Tree Plugs Up Paris

American artist Paul McCarthy has erected his latest Christmas-themed work, “Tree,” and it has plugged up Paris’s Place Vendome for the FIAC Contemporary Art Fair.

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Photo Essays

Guarding Jeff Koons

by Hrag Vartanian on October 15, 2014

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective continues continues at the Whitney Museum

“Is it about, that the guards matter? Or is it about the matter of the guards … And we thought it’s basically about both those things.”

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Events

ArtRx NYC

by Hrag Vartanian on October 14, 2014

Jeff Koons, “Play-Doh” (1994–2014)

This week, delve deep into Stanley Kubrick’s archives, see the Koons retrospective before it closes at the Whitney, explore the archeological destruction of ISIS, check out Ryoji Ikeda in Times Square, and more.

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How Much Will Artists Be Paid Under the New W.A.G.E. Certification Program?

Last Friday, Working Artists and the Greater Economy (aka W.A.G.E.) announced that they will be rolling out their new W.A.G.E. Certification program, which promises to be a “paradigm-shifting model for the remuneration of artistic labor.” We had some questions for the organization.

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z Pic with the Mona Lisa

Some thoughts …

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