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I Am Joe Scanlan

by Ryan Wong on June 17, 2014

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Now that the Whitney Biennial is over and the critical debate around it has subsided, I feel it’s time to put this project to rest: I created Joe Scanlan.

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Post image for Sydney Biennale Cuts Ties with Transfield as Chairman Resigns (UPDATED)

The Biennale of Sydney will end its relationship with major sponsor Transfield Holdings, and Biennale Chairman Luca Belgiorno-Nettis has resigned, the Guardian reports. The moves come in response to a growing boycott of the exhibition over its link with Transfield.

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Post image for Whitney Biennial 2014: Where Have All the Politics Gone?

The 2014 Whitney Biennial has many things: oversized ceramics, big abstract and figurative paintings, experimental jazz, videos of people having sex, and bead curtains. What it doesn’t have all that much of is politics.

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Post image for NYC Sculpture Park Places Fence Around ‘Controversial’ Artwork [UPDATED]

A work on view in Socrates Sculpture Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowship exhibition has been surrounded by a tall wood fence after some Queens residents complained that it was lewd and inappropriate, the New York Times reports.

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Post image for Pussy Riot Members Could Be Freed Under Russian Amnesty Bill

The Russian Parliament has passed an amnesty bill that should send the two members of Pussy Riot still serving prison sentences home, the AP reports.

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Post image for Reexamining Picasso’s Politics

Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was a lifelong Communist. But, as it turns out, it was more complicated than that.

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Post image for A Preliminary Art Readers’ Guide to the NYC Mayoral Race

After 12 long years filled with bike lanes and billion-dollar developments, the Bloomberg era is finally drawing to a close. Next Tuesday in the primaries, New Yorkers will take their first steps toward choosing a new mayor. Here’s our guide to how the candidates measure up in terms of the arts.

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Post image for Remembering Iran’s Fight for Democracy in Brooklyn

There was a time, some four years ago, when Iran held the world’s attention. Protests began there in June 2009, after the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in what many claimed was a rigged vote. A graphic video of the death of a young woman named Neda Agha-Soltan, who was shot by a member of the Basij militia, became an international focal point and symbol. But time passed, the protests were violently crushed, Ahmadinejad stayed in power, and then other countries began to erupt with dissent. Most of the world — or at least, the media — moved on.

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US politicians are notoriously stingy about arts funding, but it turns out they’ve been dropping tens of thousands of dollars on commissioned portraits for decades! Why are we not surprised?

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Post image for Michigan Gov Calls Detroit Museum’s Collection an “Asset”

Earlier this week there was a brief spark of hope that the Michigan Legislature would swiftly pass a bill to try and prevent the sale of the Detroit Institue of Arts’ (DIA) collection. That spark has been put out, at least for now, by both the State House of Representatives and Governor Rick Snyder.

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