Hrag Vartanian

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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ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on October 12, 2014

Zaha Hadid has unveiled her designs for a new Cambodian institution

This week, a new Islamic museum, a mysterious art dealer, protest objects, Palestinian food controversy, art of coding, kangaroos boxing, and more.

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Anila Quayyum Agha's

After years of jokes about Jesus paintings and quilts seducing the art crowds flocking to the Grand Rapids-based ArtPrize art competition, this year the juried and popular votes have synched up to reveal one big winner.

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Now Is ArtPrize's Chance to Prove It Deserves an Art World Spotlight

Last night, artist Steve Lambert announced that he will not be keeping the money if he wins an ArtPrize award. ArtPrize is the large art festival that gives away over half a million dollars through a balanced formula of art professional and public voting (each group gives away roughly $300,000).

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Dread Scott's

The archway under the Manhattan Bridge was the site of artist Dread Scott’s one-time-only performance “On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide.”

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Events

ArtRx NYC

by Hrag Vartanian on October 7, 2014

Egon Schiele, “Portrait of Eduard Kosmack, with Raised Left Hand” (1910)

This week, solo shows by artists Robert Gober, Egon Schiele, and Gregory Sholette should be on your radar, while curator Michelle Grabner is doing a breakfast chat, the NY Public Library is hosting a talk on museum ethics, and Edgar Allan Poe’s dark side is in the spotlight.

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ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on October 5, 2014

A new photo of Oscar Wilde

This week, a new photo of Oscar Wilde, ancient art being used as a weapon in Syria, a meme hurts HK protesters, the importance of artists’ queer identities, how Goya landed in Boston, San Fernando Valley art history, and more.

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The 2014 Greenpoint Open Studios

A whopping 265 artists are taking part in this weekend’s Greenpoint Open Studios (GOS). Here’s your concise guide to exploring one of the city’s most enjoyable open studio events.

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