Detail of Sarah Gilbert,

In hip-hop, the East Coast-West Coast rivalry has died down since the days of 2Pac and Notorious BIG, but perusing last week’s Exchange Rates expo in Bushwick you could easily have gotten the impression that it was now raging in the art world — and that West Coast artists and galleries are killing it.

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Post image for 750-Year-Old City Founded by Genghis Khan’s Grandson Is Unearthed

It’s hard to imagine a time when present-day Russia didn’t exist. But along the banks of the Volga River in modern-day Saratov, a reminder is being unearthed.

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LOS ANGELES — In the great hall of the central building at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) last Thursday, hundreds of students gathered to work through the aftermath of an alleged rape.

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Post image for A Race to the Finish Through Bushwick with Beat Nite

Ah, Beat Nite. A time of magical madness, when we run frantically around Bushwick for four hours, trying to see all the art.

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Installation view of works at The Active Space

It’s telling that Exchange Rates, last weekend’s Bushwick-wide art event, is described on its official website as “an exposition,” as opposed to a straightforward exhibition or a sales-driven art fair. The four-day program of pop-up shows, talks, panels, performances, and ambulatory happenings felt at times like a biennial, a symposium, and, yes, even an art fair.

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Post image for At Bard Graduate Center Gallery, Two Shows Examine Artists Who Broke Ground in Their Fields

Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life is the first US retrospective of a pioneering artist, professional illustrator, and early user of the computer as an artistic tool. Visualizing 19th-Century New York explores New York City through prints and photographs produced by its cultural entrepreneurs.

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Rue Dénoyez

The tiny, two-block-long Rue Dénoyez in Paris’s 20th arrondissement has been one of the French capital’s foremost street art venues for years, but two subsidized housing projects could spell the end for this plein air gallery.

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Post image for Evoking the Erotics of the Art Object

The title of Ezra Johnson’s solo exhibition at Freight + Volume, It’s Under the Thingy, is reminiscent of Amy Sillman’s flamboyant one lump or two at the ICA Boston and Bard’s Hessel Museum.

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The Evolution of Imagination

by Lauren Purje on October 27, 2014

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Human imaginations evolved for some very practical reasons.

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Post image for The Antichrist of Early-20th-Century Photography

Violence, nudity, and the occult collide in the photographs of William Mortensen, an American photographer who gained prominence in the 1930s and ’40s but today largely exists as an obscure name in the medium’s history.

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