Hrag Vartanian

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

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

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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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Events

ArtRx NYC

by Hrag Vartanian on July 8, 2014

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This week, there’s a lot of performance going on across New York, so we have prepared a shortlist of what is worth seeing. And may I suggest you check out the 10th Annual Hip-Hop Festival.

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Emoji translation is a fine art. The first masterpiece of the genre was undoubtedly Emoji Dick (aka Moby Dick in emoji) by Fred Benenson, but since then there have been varying degrees of success at translating the true essence of a text into a string of mostly adorable symbols.

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ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on July 6, 2014

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This week, letting art orgs die, Marina has a headache, criticism of Gehry’s plans in Philly, LGBTQ issues at Manifesta 10, NYC’s shadow transit system, copyrighting scents, and more.

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ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on June 29, 2014

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This week, Koons reviews, Facebook’s emotional manipulation, artwashing, Native American map of North America, Prince’s meme-inspired song, and more.

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Post image for Armando Mariño’s Winter Thaw

If Armando Mariño’s earlier art looked at the outside world with a critical postcolonial eye, his recent paintings probe visceral states of being tinted by melancholy and framed by a directness that feels intimate.

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