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Post image for The Hudson Valley Art Scene Does Not Need Saving

Writer and editor James Trainor’s recent essay in Artsy about the Hudson Valley art scene — obnoxiously titled “The Hinterlands: Can artists and dealers change the creative and economic landscape of Upstate New York?” — reads like a call to artist-saviors to move up the Hudson in order to colonize the virgin, green Hinterlands in the name of high culture.

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Post image for Study Confirms What We Already Know About the Importance of Artists’ Authenticity

For all the studies considering how we relate to artwork and artists that are producing fascinating results, there are others that are duds.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on October 19, 2014

The Gif Connoisseur

This week, an art project asks people to give away their data for a cookie, the first web brower turns 20, a child befriends Siri, slowing down in museums, the smell of old books, tea propaganda, and more.

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Weekend Words: Tower

by Weekend Editors on October 19, 2014

Marten van Valckenborch I, “Tower of Babel”

A new luxury condominium tower (104 units, $7,000,000-$95,000,000) under construction in Manhattan has just topped off at 1,396 feet — 150 feet taller than the Empire State Building.

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Paul McCarthy's

After a rough start for Paul McCarthy’s 80-foot tall “Tree,” that included a few punches and name-calling by people unhappy with the artist’s provocation, the inflatable green sculpture has been, well, unplugged.

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Post image for Paul McCarthy’s XXXmas Tree Plugs Up Paris

American artist Paul McCarthy has erected his latest Christmas-themed work, “Tree,” and it has plugged up Paris’s Place Vendome for the FIAC Contemporary Art Fair.

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Post image for Some Tips for Artists from Chinese President Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping, president of China and general secretary of its Communist Party, has, like his predecessors going back to Mao Zedong, some opinions about how “art workers” should go about their labor.

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Post image for Women and Men Looking and Not Looking at Art

For better or for worse, visual art seems to be having a populist moment. On the “better” side of that situation is the fact that more people are taking the time to think about and engage with art; on the “worse” side is that for a number of those people, engaging with art means using it as a backdrop.

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z Pic with the Mona Lisa

Some thoughts …

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on October 12, 2014

Zaha Hadid has unveiled her designs for a new Cambodian institution

This week, a new Islamic museum, a mysterious art dealer, protest objects, Palestinian food controversy, art of coding, kangaroos boxing, and more.

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