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In the past few decades, cultural institutions in the West have increasingly felt pressure to return artifacts acquired through questionable means during the colonial era.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on April 19, 2015

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This week, swapping a run-down house and a Henry Moore sculpture, only 18% of Artforum covers have featured art by women, the mysterious world of the “sneakernet,” how Imelda Marcos bought a Goya, and more.

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Weekend Words: Happiness

by Weekend Editors on April 19, 2015

Agnolo Bronzino,

This week it was reported that the first recordings ever made by Elvis Presley, “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” (both 1953), have been digitized and will be released by Jack White’s Third Man Records.

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The convention has been to let media companies, particularly television channels, use newsworthy footage without paying a fee because it’s in the public interest to disseminate the images.

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Although it only started in March, the Twitter account @MedievalReacts has soared to over 270,000 followers — all because it takes images without attribution from libraries and other sources and pairs them with punchy, modern text.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on April 12, 2015

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This week, overcharging billionaire art collectors, the recent fascination with medieval art, the world’s last male white rhino, discovering the previous life of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s “Young Girl Reading,” and more.

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Weekend Words: Dry

by Weekend Editors on April 12, 2015

Béla Iványi Grünwald, “Drying Clothes” (1903)

In response to a prolonged dry spell, the state of California has instituted mandatory water restrictions, bringing to mind the line from Chinatown (1974): “Middle of a drought, the water commissioner drowns. Only in L.A.”

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On the day that the world could finally send diverse-looking emoji, US-based bleach company Clorox made a very bad joke.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on April 5, 2015

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This week, sound art theory, Yemen’s embattled museums, troubled arts philanthropy in Toronto, British Surrealist Leonora Carrington, Russian internet trolls, galactic Easter eggs, and more.

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Weekend Words: Egg

by Weekend Editors on April 5, 2015

Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez,

It’s Easter, have an egg.

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