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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on August 17, 2014

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This week, photography’s truth, the media’s numbness to torture, the clock of the Met Museum, mass art, a photo no one would publish, mistakes in Medieval English architecture, and more.

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Weekend Words: Flag

by Weekend Editors on August 17, 2014

Peter Paul Rubens,

This week it was revealed that the masterminds behind the mysterious appearance of a white flag atop the Brooklyn Bridge on July 22nd were artists after all.

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Global warming is a phrase that pops up just about everywhere, ensuring that we confront our planet’s worsening climate changes. Designer Milton Glaser, however, is aiming to stress that the reality of the environmental situation is much worse than the term ‘warming’ would suggest.

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If They Gunned Me Down tweet

Last night, in Ferguson, Missouri, police in riot gear entered residential neighbourhoods and lobbed teargas, flash bombs, rubber bullets, and noise cannons (also known as LRAD or Long Range Acoustic Devices) at people who were gathered peacefully to protest the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old, Michael Brown, by a still un-identified policeman.

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Ancient Statues Pose for Selfies

by Alicia Eler on August 12, 2014

Selfie-ification of Hamo Thornycroft,

It’s one thing to take a #museumselfie with a work of art, as if to say, “yes, I was here with this artwork” or “yes, here is my reflection in the surface of this piece.” It’s another thing to make Greco-Roman statues look like they were chiseled specifically for selfie-shooting moments.

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For the days when you don’t feel a sense of brotherhood, there is Beyoncé.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on August 10, 2014

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This week, museums of the mind, Google captured in photos, a leaked document by Manifesta 10 curator Kasper König, 30 years of cell phone design, Sonny Rollins spoof goes wrong, online curators, and more.

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Weekend Words: Walk

by Weekend Editors on August 10, 2014

Thomas Gainsborough,

This week, the Guardian reported that Dallas, which “shares with Detroit the honor of being one of the two most car-dependent major metropolitan areas in the US” may be losing its affection for the automobile.

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Apparently Wikimedia, the US-based organization behind Wikipedia, is refusing to remove an image of a monkey taken by … wait for it, wait for it … the monkey itself.

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Jasper Johns,

Jed Perl, a savvy polemicist far above fatuous windbag trolling, is mad as hell. Why? Because “Liberals Are Killing Art,” according to the headline accompanying the art critic’s latest for The New Republic.

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