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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on March 29, 2015

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This week, the secrets of late Barnett Newman paintings, Parviz Tanavoli in the spotlight, Asian-American poetry and visual art, glitch art, old US infographics, dinosaurs at MoMA, and more.

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Weekend Words: Sight

by Weekend Editors on March 29, 2015

Jan Brueghel the Elder.

John Bramblitt of Denton, Texas, lost his sight 13 years ago but paints vivid portraits and landscapes by “feeling” the textures of different colors.

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I generally stay out of public arguments about the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). I feel too close, yet I’m not an insider.

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On Tuesday, artnet News posted an article by Christian Viveros-Fauné with the attention-grabbing and self-explanatory title, “MoMA Curator Klaus Biesenbach Should Be Fired Over Björk Show Debacle.”

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A work of literature or art can be effective in different ways — most of which are by nature invisible.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on March 22, 2015

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This week, the post-AIDS body, the conservatives are trying to change higher education in North Carolina, Saudi Arabia is destroying its heritage, white fragility, skin tone in comics, cat haikus, and more.

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Weekend Words: Knight

by Weekend Editors on March 22, 2015

Master E.S.,

Spanish investigators report they may have discovered the remains of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, better known as Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, in a convent in Madrid.

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LOS ANGELES — When we last reported on Norms Coffee Shop in January, the new owner of the Southern California chain had just been issued a demolition permit for the building, leading to a massive outcry from architectural preservationists.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on March 15, 2015

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This week, considering why museums publish online, destroying an Islamic museum, a new peacock spider, Mac’s original icons, male shaming, and more.

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Weekend Words: Half

by Weekend Editors on March 15, 2015

Simone Peterzano,

This week, Hyperallergic’s Laura C. Mallonee reported that the Friedenstein Foundation in Gotha, Germany, is seeking the upper half of the 16th-century painting “Bowl With the Head of John the Baptist” by Lucas Cranach, which was sawn in two by an art dealer in 1936.

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