Post image for An Artist Couple from Bangladesh Shares Their Deeply Political Work

EAST LANSING, Mich. — It’s most intuitive to equate activism with a kind of direct action: collecting signatures, participating in a public protest, sending sharply worded letters, community organizing.

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Post image for In a City with Polluted Water, Flint’s Artists and Cultural Organizations Help Cope with the Crisis

FLINT, Mich. — When President Obama visited Flint a few weeks ago and took note of peoples’ feisty attitude, I was relieved to have my own perceptions echoed by someone I trust, who probably has spent about as much — or more accurately, as little — time in the city as I have.

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Post image for From Carcasses of Cloth to Race Riot Chess, Some Highlights of ArtPrize 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — I can’t imagine I’m the only one who found ArtPrize 7 a little underwhelming.

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Post image for The Little-Known Engineer Who Made the First Abstract Paintings in the US

MUSKEGON, Mich. — What’s especially significant about Manierre Dawson is that he made his breakthrough to non-objective imagery prior to any exposure to modernist art.

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Post image for Curating a Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — The centuries-old tradition of the Wunderkammer is enjoying a resurgence of late, with cabinets of curiosities on display from the Chazen Museum of Art to Gagosian Gallery, and vitrine artists like Edmund de Waal and Joseph Beuys being hailed as champions of the medium.

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Post image for Michigan Is Finding That the Arts Is a Growth Industry, Even During the Recession

Last summer, we reported that ArtsServe Michigan had releases statistics that suggest every $1 invested in the arts in the Great Lakes State yields $51 for the state’s economy. If that didn’t impress you then perhaps you will be surprised to hear that even during the recent recession the arts has been a growth industry in Michigan.

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Post image for Michigan Stats Suggest Every $1 Invested in the Arts Yields $51 for Economy

Yesterday’s voter booth success definitely helps to ensure a more financially secure Detroit Institue of Arts, but you can be assured that its passage wasn’t because of some innate sense of arts patronage among Michiganders but a victory based on educating voters about the facts.

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Will Next Year’s ArtPrize Be Different?

by Hrag Vartanian on December 6, 2011

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Today, ArtPrize, which bills itself as the most “radically open, international art competition and social experiment,” announced it will be rejiggering its financial offerings to competitors with a more robust juried prize and less (but still) spectacular populist award.

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Post image for An Insider’s Guide to Detroit’s Contemporary Art Scene

DETROIT — The rumors are true: Detroit’s contemporary art scene thrives. The rumors are also true: [insert standard boilerplate about Detroit’s struggles]. For my first article for Hyperallergic, I provide a brief guide to Detroit’s contemporary art scene.

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Post image for The Top 10 Things You Didn’t See At Artprize

After revealing the Top 6 trends of ArtPrize from my position as a participating ArtPrize artist, I wanted to compose a second blog post for Hyperallergic that revealed the Top 10 Things I genuinely found interesting during this art event experience.

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