Spearheaded by John Yau, Thomas Micchelli, Albert Mobilio and Natalie Haddad

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I met Erika Ranee last summer when I took students to see a pop-up exhibition she curated in a Brooklyn studio, arranged around the theme of imagery of the eye.

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Post image for Different Shades of Punk: White Lung, Parquet Courts, Scandal, Modern Baseball

Sometimes genres die quickly (electroclash), sometimes they remain with us forever (teenpop). Sometimes they stop developing and get kept alive indefinitely by loyal keepers of their flame and proud denizens of their subculture.

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Post image for Japan, in from the Wilderness: Reiko Tomii’s Expanded Modern-Art History

The Japanese-born art historian Reiko Tomii is one of those researchers who is both passionate about her subjects and recognized among her peers for her meticulous mapping of the cultural-intellectual terrain from which they emerge.

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As is often the case with Simon’s work, the logo paintings require a period of conceptual catch-up before they can be seen as what they are, rather than as what they seem.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on May 22, 2016

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This week, US architecture’s odd couple, Roberta Smith about the new SFMOMA, Taibbi on Trump, censorship in Israel, multi-generational affluence in Florence, animals in art project, and more.

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Weekend Words: Social

by Weekend Editors on May 22, 2016

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“The nice thing about quotes is that they give us a nodding acquaintance with the originator, which is often socially impressive.”

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Lorraine Lupo’s ‘By Way Of’

Cards on the table: I prefer short poems to long ones, slender bodies of work to massive ones. So naturally, I consider the best way to read poetry is not in a book, but in a chapbook.

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Post image for Have We Been Misreading Jasper Johns All Along? Part Two

I want to focus on Jasper Johns’s three recent monotypes based on a Vietnam-era photograph of an emotionally shattered soldier, which are included in Jasper Johns: Monotypes at Matthew Marks.

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Perhaps we have all been reading his work too narrowly since his first show at Leo Castelli, more than a half-century ago.

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Esperanza Spalding’s Flow

by Lucas Fagen on May 21, 2016

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During the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony in 2011, jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding was awarded Best New Artist, a trophy assumed earmarked for Justin Bieber (who else?), and the scandal that ensued changed the recording industry forever.

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