Hrag Vartanian

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It’s long been a dream of digital art lovers to easily display internet-based art, so it was no surprise that Electric Objects, a company developing a dedicated high-definition screen and integrated computer to bring art from the internet into the home, quickly blew past its initial Kickstarter goal of $25,000 to raise almost half a million dollars.

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by Hrag Vartanian on July 15, 2014

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This week, we’re psyched for the New Museum’s Here and Elsewhere opening, the Kurt Vonnegut reading at the Housing Works Bookstore, Surrealist shorts in Williamsburg, and the Ray Johnson mail art show at MoMA. And just a reminder that it is your last chance to see Louise Lawler at Metro Pictures.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on July 13, 2014

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This week, why contemporary art museums are vital, the drawbacks of internet visibility, smells of the Byzantine Empire, working in the Domino Sugar Refinery before Kara Walker, all the Vermeers in the world, and more.

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Post image for The Scope of Ai Weiwei’s Imagination

BERLIN — This is the final weekend to see Ai Weiwei: Evidence at the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin. The German exhibition is a sweeping survey of mostly recent work that occupies 32,000 square feet of gallery space across 18 rooms.

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Post image for The World’s First Climate-Controlled City Is On the Way

Dubai is a city of superlatives, so it is no surprise that the city will be home to a new project that is being trumpeted as both the world’s largest mall and the world’s first climate-controlled city.

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Post image for A San Francisco School with an Artistic Mission

The most telling artifact in Energy That Is All Around is a letter artist Alicia McCathy received from her school, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), back in 1992.

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Post image for This Magritte-Inspired T-Shirt Hates to Be Judged

Whatever you do, don’t tell Sterling Bartlett’s René Magritte–inspired tee what it can and cannot be.

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Post image for Probing the Dark (and Silly) Side of Old and Modern Masters

After yesterday’s Renaissance GIFs post, which featured the work of James Kerr, our readers alerted us to two other curious projects that remix Old Master paintings.

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Post image for Conceptual Artist On Kawara Dead at 81

David Zwirner gallery has confirmed Japanese conceptual artist On Kawara has passed away.

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Post image for ISIS Destroys Historic Sites in Iraq and Syria

The militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been destroying the artistic and religious heritage of Iraq and Syria as they continue to impose their fundamentalist Sunni doctrine on the lands they’ve occupied.

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