Weekend


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

ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on April 17, 2016

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This week, the attention web, Art Institute of Chicago’s rehanging, Superman’s Jewishness, Libeskind in Kurdistan, defining neoliberalism, and more.

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Weekend Words: Fraud

by Weekend Editors on April 17, 2016

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“Whoever is born in New York is ill-equipped to deal with any other city: all other cities seem, at best, a mistake, and, at worst, a fraud. No other city is so spitefully incoherent.”

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I keep wondering whether it’s really possible to write at length and in depth about this kind of music.

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GalleriesWeekend

The Wild Children of William Blake

by John Yau on April 17, 2016

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Raymond Foye – who possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of various underground currents of poetry, music, and art – is the only person on the planet who could have conceived of this exhibition, Dark Star: Abstraction and Cosmos at Planthouse.

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Post image for Conversations Can Be a Way of Moving Forward: Melissa Meyer’s Category-Resistant Abstractions

Since 2001, Melissa Meyer has continued to reinvent herself without severing her connections to Abstract Expressionism or, more particularly, the brushstroke and drawing in paint.

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Visiting the exhibition of Stephen Greene’s paintings from the 1960s at the Jason McCoy Gallery is like hearing a squat black dial telephone ring next to an ashtray holding a freshly lit cigarette, the smoke curling up into a shaft of sunlight.

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BooksWeekend

Beguiling Simplicity: The Poetry of Robert Lax

by Louis Bury on April 16, 2016

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Lifelong friend of Trappist Monk Thomas Merton and abstract painter Ad Reinhardt, Robert Lax wrote spare poems that, in their beguiling simplicity, provoke anxieties about how and why we read.

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Before Jake Berthot became a painter, he was ridiculed by high school peers for an unorthodox answer he once gave in class. Berthot’s teacher rescued him by saying that the response he’d given made its own kind of sense because the young man was a poet.

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Among contemporary American poets, Joseph Donahue is an underrecognized master. For years, he has been accumulating a prodigious body of work in which a searching vision and a refinement of craftsmanship combine.

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MuseumsWeekend

Smeary Smeary Edgar Degas

by Thomas Micchelli on April 16, 2016

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The first picture that caught me up short was “Factory Smoke” (1877–79), hanging alone on a freestanding wall in the middle of the gallery.

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