Post image for NYPD Crackdown Has Subway Performers Risking Jail Time

Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that arrests on New York’s subways were up 300% over 2013, the result of police commissioner Bill Bratton’s zealous focus on the transit system as part of his approach to policing the city.

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Post image for Official Resigns, Contract Withdrawn in Houston Public Art Fiasco

A major art commission in Houston has been suddenly placed on hold, prompting the resignation of a director at the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and causing an outcry in the city’s art community, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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Events

ArtRX LA

by Matt Stromberg on November 25, 2014

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Just because it’s Thanksgiving this week, that doesn’t mean art takes a holiday.

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Post image for From Hermitage Cats to a Chernobyl Safari, Anna Jermolaewa’s Counter Histories

By now the Hermitage cats, the troupe of feline pest control agents residing at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, are well known, but Anna Jermolaewa is providing some historical context for all the cuteness.

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Post image for Evidence Points to Fresh Destruction of Yazidi Temples by Islamic State

New video and testimony has emerged of Yazidis who have returned to the village of Babila (also known as Babira and Babirah), which was occupied and devastated by the Islamic State. It documents the community’s resumption of its life amidst the ruins of two temples.

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Post image for Smithsonian: Exhibiting Cosby Collection “Does Not Imply Any Position on the Serious Allegations”

After last week’s radio silence, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art has released a new statement acknowledging the rape allegations against Bill Cosby.

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Post image for St. Louis Museums Close Following Grand Jury Decision on Michael Brown Case

Museums in St. Louis are closed today due to the protests that have been underway in the suburb of Ferguson since last night, when the grand jury in the Michael Brown murder case announced its decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson.

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Interviews

Artists Pick Artists: Des Lawrence

by Rob Colvin on November 25, 2014

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I crossed my fingers and wrote as persuasively as I could when asking Des Lawrence for an interview. The artist Tom Chamberlain, who picked him, warned me, “there’s a possibility he might refuse; it’s hard, but worth it, getting him to talk about his work.” Indeed, there is nothing on the internet written or said by him. I know of nothing in print.

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Post image for Celebrating Supercute: Hello Kitty Gets a Retrospective

LOS ANGELES — The retrospective: it’s standard fare in the museum world, a survey of an artist’s work over some stretch of her career. In Los Angeles, however, I’m not sure if there’s such a thing as “standard fare.”

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Events

ArtRx NYC

by Hrag Vartanian on November 25, 2014

Chris Verene,

This week, a liberated Regina Rex, queer classical nudes, Mr. Turner at the Museum of the Moving Image, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a retrospective of Xavier Le Roy, and much more.

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