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Four Questions About Contemporary Arab Art

by Hrag Vartanian on September 28, 2014

Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum

I admit to feeling crippled by the New Museum’s Here and Elsewhere show. As the first major show of art from the “Arab world” in a New York museum, it stirs a huge well of emotions and frustrations about a topic that needs volumes to unpack.

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The Art of the Chinese Album, the outrageously beautiful exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, chronicles nearly 800 years of variations on a hybrid theme: painting and the book, fused into cinematically sequenced images, a meditative synthesis that speaks to our cultural disarray with startling immediacy.

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Francesco Clemente in India

by Melissa Stern on September 26, 2014

Francesco Clemente's Inspired by India at the Rubin Museum

One of things I have always loved about the Rubin Museum is their fearlessness when it comes to exhibition design and color.

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What does it mean when the people hired to make a body of work relevant, as the magazine Bidoun was for the collective GCC, call it “quick and cute and perfectly timed”?

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Film Strips Shining Like Stained Glass

by Daniel Larkin on September 25, 2014

Jennifer West, 'Flashlight Filmstrip Projections' (2014)

PORTLAND, Oregon — A cavernous room in an abandoned factory that once made window coverings is showcasing a different kind of window. Artist Jennifer West has installed a set of transparent plexiglass frames covered with strips of 35mm and 70mm film.

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Annika Larsson’s Bodies Politic

by Mostafa Heddaya on September 19, 2014

Installation view, Annika Larsson, 'Introduction'

ROME — In Annika Larsson’s Introduction at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO), the recent political unrest in Europe is cast between the historical and the personal, with two video works accompanying a vast arrangement of printed matter.

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Revisiting Steve McQueen’s Early Work

by Erin Joyce on September 15, 2014

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LOS ANGELES — In a city whose name is synonymous with the motion picture industry, it’s common for the worlds of film and art to collide. It’s less common, however, for them to collide in a way that’s critical and not simply flirting with the idea of celebrity.

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Willem van Genk,

The first United States exhibition of Dutch artist Willem van Genk’s work at the American Folk Art Museum offers a comic counterpoint to the recent Futurist show at the Guggenheim.

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The Pitfalls of Art as Therapy

by Steve Ruiz on September 8, 2014

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CHICAGO — Invented in 2011, Zachary Cahill’s USSA 2012 began as a one-off joke, a half-sketched theoretical future where America was reshaped as a socialist nation.

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Architecture for Humanity at the New Aspen Art Museum

by An Xiao on September 8, 2014

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ASPEN, Colorado — Despite its reputation as a resort town for the 1%, the heart of Aspen looks much like a classic Western American town. The new Aspen Art Museum, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban, stands out in this context in both height and design.

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