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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on April 20, 2014

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This week, photography’s bias towards dark skin, the world’s tallest building rises, the earliest emoticon, Zorthian Ranch, Noah’s lack of black people, a novella based on Edward Hopper, the paintings of Bob Ross by the stats, and more.

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Weekend Words: Water

by Weekend Editors on April 20, 2014

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On Thursday, the Guardian reported that officials in Portland, Oregon, plan to flush millions of gallons of drinking water “for the second time in less than three years because someone urinated into a city reservoir.”

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In part 1 of this month, reviews of Karmin, Perfect Pussy, Sunkil Moon, and Todd Terje.

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CHICAGO –– I first saw Leslie Baum’s work in a sprawling group show, My Crippled Friend, at the Canzani Center Gallery (October 11, 2013–January 10, 2014), the main exhibition space of Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, Ohio).

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Plucking something — anything — out of its original context, placing it in a different setting and letting whatever new meanings or implied meanings emerge from the unexpected juxtaposition: such an “appropriationist” gesture lies at the core of postmodernist art-making “strategies.”

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Post image for Wagner with Quotes on: Richard Maxwell’s ‘Isolde’

Director/writer Richard Maxwell was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, an unusual, though not undeserved, honor for a theater director. His Isolde, now running at the Abrons Arts Center, is a departure from his recent work, a surprisingly conventional play, which he presents in his customary flat, affectless fashion.

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Post image for Monsters’ Ball: Peter Saul and the Company He Keeps

The great iconoclastic painter Peter Saul, for the first time ever, has turned his hand to curating, gathering together nearly two dozen kindred spirits for a show that revels, as to be expected, in the libidinous and the ravenous, the stunted and the scared, the blinkered and the grotesque — that is to say, humanity. The effect, as to be expected, is sublime.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on April 13, 2014

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This week, how to protect your passwords online, ignorance is bliss, the Jesus Wife Papyrus is not fake, 8 million flower petals in Costa Rica, Minimalism redux, million-dollar painting trashed, Bush paintings’ lazy sourcing, Koons on inflatables, and more.

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Weekend Words: Hundred

by Weekend Editors on April 13, 2014

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On Thursday, New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, passed his hundredth day in office, telling an audience in the Great Hall of Cooper Union, “Grass-roots politics, neighborhood politics, tells us that the people are almost always ahead of their leaders.”

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The body is a sick place. Its reality is viscera. Kim Hyesoon’s poems are composed of these unsightly and unpleasant viscera. They squirm, blind and deaf like newborn puppies, then grow up and live in a dog-eat-dog world. This world is called Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream.

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