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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on August 31, 2014

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This week, war photography and pop culture, breaking up the major museums, Hello Kitty is not a cat, video game sexism, criminalizing science, and more.

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And this concludes … Videodrome

by Hrag Vartanian on August 29, 2014

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Thanks for watching our daylong stream of videos from across the internet.

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Artist Michelle Handelman has taken the epic 7-hour film Les Vampires about a bizarre underground criminal gang and transformed into “Irma Vep, The Last Breath,” a video project that is about “living in the shadows, criminal anxiety and the relationship between the artist and her creation, both fictional and real.”

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The Love Songs of Saddam Hussein

by Hrag Vartanian on August 29, 2014

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Commissioned by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, the songs in Adel Abidin’s “Three Love Songs” (2010) are transformed into sinister pop music videos that use attractive blonde women as conduits for the fallen dictator’s propaganda.

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In the 1980s, the dream of going pop — as in pop culture rather than Pop art — in the art wold was raging strong, and many people thought it practically imminent.

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Better Than Performance Art

by Hrag Vartanian on August 29, 2014

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On Wednesday, artist Jayson Musson tweeted “lol this performance art scene in She’s All That is better than real performance art,” and his 84 characters opened the flood gates of memory for me.

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Welcome to Videodrome

by Hrag Vartanian on August 29, 2014

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Every year, Hyperallergic pays tribute to David Cronenberg’s Videodrome (1983), the classic sci-fi thriller, with a 12-hour journey through videos we discover littering the internet.

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ArtRx LA

by Hrag Vartanian on August 26, 2014

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This week, there’s never enough camp in LA, Morton Bartlett’s bizarre dolls go on display, and it’s your last chance to see shows at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) and Jack Rutberg Gallery (plus almost your last chance to see one at Christopher Grimes Gallery).

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ArtRx NYC

by Hrag Vartanian on August 26, 2014

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This week, we wanted to remind you that there are a lot of exhibition you should catch before August comes to a close.

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Since our last report in early July, the destruction by the Islamic State has not stopped.

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