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Is It Possible to See What Is There?

by John Yau on August 14, 2016

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The legendary curator Dorothy Miller first obtained a Richard Hunt sculpture for the Museum of Modern Art in 1957.

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Under No Obligation

by John Yau on August 14, 2016

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We should all be inspired by Alma Thomas’s optimism.

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Encounter with a Gazillion Teddy Bears

by John Yau on August 7, 2016

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Partners (The Teddy Bear Project) is the centerpiece – one might say the heart of — The Keeper, organized by Massimiliano Gioni, with Margot Norton, and Natalie Bell and Helga Christoffersen for the New Museum.

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Impure and Arcane

by John Yau on August 7, 2016

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One of the interesting things about Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) is that neither she nor her work can be written into the early history of abstract art.

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Every Day Is Black Friday in Doha

by John Yau on July 31, 2016

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In her memoir, The Girl Who Fell to Earth (2012), Sophia Al-Maria, who was raised as a bicultural Muslim, says she feels like a “deep-sea diver, adjusting constantly to the pressures of […] two very different environments.”

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Indelible Stains

by John Yau on July 31, 2016

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If you should not judge a book by its cover? What about the living room you grew up in? What do its contents say about you? Does its décor reflect who you are?

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The Two Faces of Grace Jane

by John Yau on July 24, 2016

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Margot Bergman paints boldly simplified portraits of women on top of found paintings, which she salvages from flea markets.

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Upbeat and Edgy

by John Yau on July 24, 2016

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With the rise of artists desperate to align themselves with one compromised avant-garde tradition or another, it is useful to remember that Stuart Davis never fit in.

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Better Days

by John Yau on July 17, 2016

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In 1987, Joe Becker, Lee Collins, and Mark began investigating the possibilities of generating a Universal Coded Character Set (UCS) that would, among other things, enable a computer to encode, transmit, and translate one language into another.

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Fault Line

by John Yau on July 17, 2016

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The first paragraph of Lev Manovich’s groundbreaking essay, “Database as Symbolic Form” (1999) came to mind about three minutes after I began pouring over the weird, wacky, wild and wooly stuff displayed under glass in Tony Oursler: The Imponderable Archive at the Hessel Museum of Art.

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