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I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads is dedicated to the granular dissection of the visual semiotics and rhetorical stylings of political advertising.

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Post image for ‘Southern Accent’ Is a Revolutionary Exploded Diagram of Southern Identity in Contemporary Art

As a lifelong resident of the South who often has cause to talk to people from elsewhere, I find that my accent is a recurring topic of conversation. Someone will wonder why I don’t have one, and seem astonished. Someone else will retort, “What are you talking about? He totally has one!” and seem amused.

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Post image for Waiting to Pee in “America,” the Gold Toilet at the Guggenheim

While waiting in line to pee in “America,” a toilet cast in 18-karat gold and installed in a Guggenheim Museum bathroom, I ran into my friend Fritz Mead, who lives in a shack he built himself out of scrap wood in a backyard next to a skate bowl he also built himself.

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WASHINGTON, DC — An effort to describe the diversity of birds led to one of the first modern color systems.

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Post image for Tracking the Beat Generation Across Three Continents

PARIS — Though almost entirely lacking a female presence — artist Jay DeFeo and poet Diane Di Prima being the exceptions that prove the rule — the Centre Pompidou’s airily laid out retrospective of the Beat Generation is otherwise flawless.

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CHICAGO — The Sidney R. Yates gallery in the Chicago Cultural Center is a large space on the top floor of a neoclassical-style building on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue.

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Camille Henrot’s Melancholic Mondays

by Francesco Dama on September 20, 2016

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NAPLES, Italy — “I don’t care if Monday’s blue,” sang the Cure. But French artist Camille Henrot seems to care a great deal.

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Framing Cindy Sherman Against a Hollywood Backdrop

by Susan Silas on September 20, 2016

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LOS ANGELES — I have not always been an unalloyed fan of Cindy Sherman.

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Post image for When Art and Design Got High on Hippie Utopianism

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Sometimes, taking a wider view of art history can create a more expansive curatorial vision.

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Post image for A Survey of Art from the Middle East and North Africa Puts Geometry Before Politics

Taking its title, But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, from a painting in the exhibition by the exiled Iranian artist Rokni Haeirzadeh, the third edition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative focuses on contemporary art from the Middle East and North Africa.

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