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The artists of the so-called Mission School, that indie-inspired band of DIY artists centered around the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) in the 1990s, are getting their moment in the New York sun with Grey Art Gallery’s Energy That Is All Around exhibition.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on April 20, 2014

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This week, photography’s bias towards dark skin, the world’s tallest building rises, the earliest emoticon, Zorthian Ranch, Noah’s lack of black people, a novella based on Edward Hopper, the paintings of Bob Ross by the stats, and more.

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Weekend Words: Water

by Weekend Editors on April 20, 2014

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On Thursday, the Guardian reported that officials in Portland, Oregon, plan to flush millions of gallons of drinking water “for the second time in less than three years because someone urinated into a city reservoir.”

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No Mag Is an Island

by Mostafa Heddaya on April 17, 2014

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In the latest issue of Cluster Mag, a “magazine of international popular culture,” writer Jesse Myerson places the asset-stripping drama surrounding Detroit’s bankruptcy against a broader historical context, one that dates to the 13th-century failure of Constantinople.

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The best fiction often succeeds because its creator has constructed a convincing world. By that I don’t mean a place that seems realistic, but rather a world that’s believable because it’s been thought through — pages of notes, characters described down to their beauty marks, the relationships between them, their homes and towns mapped out.

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Cecilia Azcarate’s art history tumblelog B4XVI pairs pictures of rappers with historical sculptures, paintings, and statues from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.

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When it comes to religious art, depictions of Jesus tend to feature him as saintly, reverential, floating above mere mortals or healing them with his touch (or he’s a baby). But a sculpture by artist Timothy P. Schmalz shows Jesus as a homeless man wrapped in a blanket, asleep on a bench.

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Franco’s Playhouse

by Alicia Eler on April 15, 2014

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LOS ANGELES — For all of James Franco’s talk about being James Franco, it’s pretty lame that he’s now trying to glean a bit of Cindy Sherman’s fame by recreating her photographs in drag.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on April 13, 2014

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This week, how to protect your passwords online, ignorance is bliss, the Jesus Wife Papyrus is not fake, 8 million flower petals in Costa Rica, Minimalism redux, million-dollar painting trashed, Bush paintings’ lazy sourcing, Koons on inflatables, and more.

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Weekend Words: Hundred

by Weekend Editors on April 13, 2014

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On Thursday, New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, passed his hundredth day in office, telling an audience in the Great Hall of Cooper Union, “Grass-roots politics, neighborhood politics, tells us that the people are almost always ahead of their leaders.”

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