Hrag Vartanian

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LOS ANGELES — There are few events in the art world that allow the “little guys” to shine the way Printed Matter’s art book fairs do, and last night’s opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Geffen Contemporary in LA’s Japantown was a perfect example.

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Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair opens on Thursday, January 29, at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

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Events

ArtRx NYC

by Hrag Vartanian on January 27, 2015

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Snowmageddon never arrived in NYC — what a slacker storm — so you’re probably a little let down and trying to figure out what to do to fend off cabin fever.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on January 25, 2015

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This week, artists and drones, archiving the web, Russian art manifestos, the lies of American Sniper, modern life, and more.

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This week, two men made headlines when they doused the tomb of the Soviet Union’s first leader Vladimir Lenin with holy water while reportedly shouting “Rise up and leave!”

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We’re at Cooper Union today to liveblog the ‘The Artist as Debtor: A Conference about the Work of Artists in the Age of Speculative Capitalism’ event.

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Articles

Accounting for Artists’ Debt

by Hrag Vartanian on January 22, 2015

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On Friday, January 23, some of the most progressive thinkers on the topic of the financial realities facing artists will be convening in the Great Hall of Manhattan’s Cooper Union university to explore a topic largely ignored in the art world, the artist as debtor.

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The #MuseumSelfie Scourge Is Upon Us

by Hrag Vartanian on January 21, 2015

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What have we done to deserve this? Today is a day that will forever be remembered as a plague on our social media feeds, a moment that ruptured our visual culture with a barrage of grainy images of people the world over visiting museums.

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Events

ArtRx NYC

by Hrag Vartanian on January 20, 2015

Hiromichi Matsuda's photograph of the atomic cloud over Nagasaki, August 9th 1945

It’s the middle of January and you’re definitely not going to enough art stuff, so we have your guide to fill the void.

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ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on January 18, 2015

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This week, tax breaks for billionaire art collectors, architecture of art fairs, assholes who think they’re geniuses, the problem with #AllLivesMatter, a slave who freed herself, literary California, and more.

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