Hrag Vartanian

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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Galleries

The Frontier of the Art World

by Hrag Vartanian on October 2, 2014

New New Berlin at the Galveston Artist Residency

GALVESTON, Texas — The idea of a boomtown is part of the myth of the United States of America. Like dreamers huddled around storytellers in an ethereal oasis, Americans like tales of prosperity that lead to legends of streets paved with gold.

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Events

ArtRx NYC

by Hrag Vartanian on September 30, 2014

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This week, 265 artists take part in Greenpoint Open Studios, there’s an art world comedy being filmed in Williamsburg, Cy Twombly opens at the Morgan, Artists Space considers the intersection of art and books, and it’s your last chance to see the Latin American art show at the Guggenheim. And, of course, that’s not all.

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ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on September 28, 2014

In her series Mag + Art, Phillipines-based multimedia producer Eisen Bernardo photoshops contemporary magazine covers onto European Old Master paintings

This week, magazine covers and Old Masters, arts funders, perfect writers, economics of art books, the case against Houston art fairs, why books are banned, and more.

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