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Post image for Follow-Up to My Review: Does the Museum of Modern Art Even Know About This Great Photographer?

Very soon after my review of Louis Draper was published in Hyperallergic Weekend (February 7, 2016), I got an email from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and from the Museum of Modern Art.

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The Myth of Beyoncé and Pop Cultural Liberation

by Seph Rodney on February 11, 2016

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The argument is that Beyoncé’s “Formation” is complexity masquerading as simplicity. But it’s also simplicity pretending to be more complicated.

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Post image for In Cindy Sherman’s Street Style Satire, the Joke’s on Her

Chameleonic photographer Cindy Sherman is featured in March’s Harper’s Bazaar in a send-up of street style Instagrammers that makes both the artist and the magazine look out of date and tone deaf.

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Post image for In Defense of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement

Opposing the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement takes away the only effective nonviolent leverage that Palestinian society currently has.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on February 7, 2016

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This week, 100 jokes that shaped modern comedy, the information of critic Lawrence Alloway, critics of China are not safe, giant dancing bears on Twitter, and more.

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Weekend Words: Imbecile

by Weekend Editors on February 7, 2016

Hieronymus Bosch,

This week, Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, invoked the Fifth Amendment before a House committee investigating the company’s fiftyfold price increase of a decades-old drug.

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Post image for Uber’s Redesigned “Identity System” Is a Mishmash of Bad Ideas

When you have to release a 2½-minute video to explain what your logo means, you have failed.

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Post image for Learning About the Figure from Picasso’s Sculptures

Seeing the current retrospective of Picasso’s sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art reminded me of a graduate school experience, because as I wandered through the show I saw work that cleverly illustrated problems that sculptors would need to solve and questions they might have to answer in the course of plying their practice.

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Post image for Ai Weiwei’s Photo Reenacting a Child Refugee’s Death Should Not Exist

I see this image and I wonder.

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Post image for “Looks Like an Old Turd”: Outraged Netizens React to Reported $1.8 Million Sale of Potato Photograph

You may have heard the news that a German businessman has reportedly purchased a photograph of a dirty potato for $1.8 million.

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