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Post image for The Sibling Rivalry that Shaped Diane Arbus’s Vision

In Silent Dialogues, art historian Alexander Nemerov, son of former US Poet Laureate Howard Nemerov and nephew of Diane Arbus, traces his father’s evolving attitudes toward photography and his sister’s work in particular.

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Post image for The Bleak Banality of Shopping in Communist Europe

“In a cityscape largely without commercial seduction, the banality of the shop windows underscored a real cultural difference between East and West,” photographer David Hlynsky writes in his introduction to Window-Shopping Through the Iron Curtain.

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Post image for Contemporary Photography’s Capitalist Realism

In Caspar David Friedrich’s “Frau vor untergehender Sonne” (“Woman before the Rising Sun”), a young woman is depicted facing the rising sun, which turns her almost completely, but not entirely, into a silhouette.

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Post image for A Heartbreaking Archive of Missing Pet Posters

Taped around telephone poles and pinned to message boards, the homemade missing pet poster is an enduring form of public communication in an era when just about every other type of transmission is going digital.

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Post image for An Essay Collection Wanders Through Centuries of Cultural Curiosities

In his essay on Andy Warhol’s 1964 film “Empire,” writer, critic, and public intellectual Brian Dillon turns what many would consider an invitation to deeply nap into an invitation to deeply look.

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Post image for Mapping the Mid-Century Murders and Gritty Life of New York

In the gritty, sleepless streets of mid-century New York, Weegee photographed the cars crumpled like accordions, bodies dripping blood encircled by gawkers, and night cops hunched over the latest crime scene.

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Someone Made a Book of #artselfies

by Alicia Eler on March 2, 2015

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The selfie exists everywhere that people own smartphones. DIS Magazine’s #artselfie, published by Jean Boîte Éditions, attempts to freeze one aspect of this cultural moment — the art selfie — by parlaying its meaning into a gleaming, print-only book

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Post image for Robert Moses’s Two-Faced Legacy Gets the Comic Book Treatment

Robert Moses was never elected to a major office in New York City, but he completely altered the topography of the metropolis through three decades of construction projects.

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Mapplethorpe’s Other Man

by Larissa Archer on February 24, 2015

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In Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, Philip Gefter’s new biography of collector, curator, and market force Sam Wagstaff, the author argues that it was not only his subject’s life that was transformed by his relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Post image for A Comic Book that Reads Like Sheet Music

Richard Kraft’s Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera explodes off the page.

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