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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on May 24, 2015

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This week, France’s faux prehistoric cave, Palmyra’s importance, does color exist, dangers of selfie sticks, and more.

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Weekend Words: Arm

by Weekend Editors on May 24, 2015

Federico Fiori Barocci,

This week came the report of a new robotic arm that can be operated with the power of thought.

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I’ve been hesitant to embrace Christoph Büchel’s project for the Icelandic Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale from the beginning.

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Both literature and visual art share a common concern: they continue to grapple with questions of inclusion and diversity, and in many ways have done a poor job of righting the long-standing wrongs of white men who have dominated the landscape since forever.

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I think that there is ample justification for the disturbing scene in “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.”

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The cultural push towards artifacts with obvious, immediate utility is symptomatic of a culture that fails to place sufficient value on humanistic or artistic pursuits, many of which don’t have tangible or quantifiable benefits.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on May 17, 2015

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This week, Picasso and global inequality, mistaking art for a garbage can, Twitter’s abuse problem, gayness vs. homosexuality, and more.

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Weekend Words: Nails

by Weekend Editors on May 17, 2015

Hans Holbein the Younger,

As reported this week in the New York Times, Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered emergency measures to address wage theft and health hazards faced by the thousands of people who work in New York State’s nail salon industry

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The record price paid for Pablo Picasso’s “‘Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)” (1955) made us wonder what else could $180M buy?

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When the soaring ceilings and Doric columns of the McKim, Mead & White-designed Pennsylvania Station started to fall under the wrecking ball in 1963, architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable called it a “monumental act of vandalism against one of the largest and finest landmarks of its age of Roman elegance.”

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