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Books

What Is an Object?

by Michael Blum on April 23, 2014

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Before even opening The Object, Whitechapel Gallery and the MIT Press’s latest installment in the Documents of Contemporary Art series, the book’s title stares back, interpolates itself, asking questions: What is an object? Which object?

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PARIS — Jakob + Macfarlane’s drawings conceptually extol dandy artifice and knotted ambivalence while staying open to the breath of the voluptuous landscape.

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect upon entering the fourth floor galleries at the Museum of Modern Art for a collaborative performance, “illlummminnnatttionnnssss!!!!!!!” (2014), by old-guard experimentalists Simone Forti and Charlemagne Palestine. The pair had not performed together in over four decades.

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Did you know that the Chupa Chups lollipop logo was designed by Salvador Dalí? Or that Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime, despite the fact he created hundreds of works? James Gulliver Hancock has compiled these facts both familiar and strange into illustrated portraits of the artists.

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BOSTON — Traveling to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation’s collection in Miami, Permission To be Global (Prácticas Globales) — the MFA’s first exhibition of contemporary art from Latin America — calls attention to globalization within the institution’s newly-refreshed Linde Family Wing.

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The English Reformation of the 1530s wasn’t just an upheaval of the country’s spirituality as the Church of England severed its Catholic ties; it disrupted whole industries. One was the alabaster sculpture business of the Midlands.

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PARIS — In a search for art that reacts to the inequalities of globalization, must art lose touch with the sort of grace that exceeds the hand, a grace that couldn’t be anything but artificial and technological?

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Museums

Drones, Data, and Deletion

by Stephen Truax on April 21, 2014

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BERLIN — Two autonomous drones shaped like miniature tanks a little bigger than a kid’s Fisher-Price Power Wheels truck roam the cavernous white hall of the Berlinische Galerie. They have been programmed to sense and approach visitors.

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In part 1 of this month, reviews of Karmin, Perfect Pussy, Sunkil Moon, and Todd Terje.

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Post image for Wagner with Quotes on: Richard Maxwell’s ‘Isolde’

Director/writer Richard Maxwell was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, an unusual, though not undeserved, honor for a theater director. His Isolde, now running at the Abrons Arts Center, is a departure from his recent work, a surprisingly conventional play, which he presents in his customary flat, affectless fashion.

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