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A Many-Splendored Ode to the Dodo

by John Yau on January 31, 2016

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Absurdity and loneliness embrace each other in David Beck’s diminutive, meticulously detailed dioramas.

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Post image for Resisting Totality: The Paintings of Zhu Jinshi

A precocious youth forced to work in a factory during the Cultural Revolution, the painter Zhu Jinshi afterwards joined the seminal new art group the Stars (星星), producing works that dabbled in the imported medium of abstraction.

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When art world luminary, Ellsworth Kelly, died in December at the age of 92, his obituaries described him as an artist who rejected the very idea of art as self-expression.

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Jonathan Lasker’s approach to painting hasn’t changed materially in decades, and so why would his work, which struck me as an alienating (if not irritating) closed system when I first started looking at it in the 1990s, now feel so open, urgent, and fresh?

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ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on January 24, 2016

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This week, artists & empire, the first flower in space, Hollywood’s white problem, art in museum storage, MLK in Brooklyn, and more.

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Weekend Words: Drop

by Weekend Editors on January 24, 2016

Anton Domenico Abbiani,

Look out! Oil prices and the world’s financial markets continue to drop.

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Post image for On the Outside Looking In: Mardsen Hartley’s Poetry

Marsden Hartley represents a rather contradictory figure in American art and literature. Both poet and painter—he wrote poetry during the mornings throughout most of his life and painted in the afternoons—he survived through the latter, but actively sought out literary attention and wrote about literature as a “business.”

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Post image for The Center Does Not Have To Hold: Allison Miller’s Recent Paintings

As Robert Creeley once said: “You can’t derail a train by standing directly in front of it, or, not quite. But, a tiny piece of steel, properly placed. . .” The piece of steel in this case is the work of Allison Miller, an abstract painter who began showing her paintings in Los Angeles in 2006, a decade ago.

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MusicWeekend

David Bowie, Prettiest Star

by Lucas Fagen on January 23, 2016

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David Bowie was a legendary art hero, a hot tramp and an honorary young American and a true somebody person. He was a gifted actor who injected every role he played with flamboyant electricity, and he was always playing a role.

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Harsh Ambient Arca

by Lucas Fagen on January 23, 2016

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Arca is a pseudonym for Alejandro Ghersi, a Venezuelan DJ/producer based in New York. He specializes in eerie, glitchy, electronic instrumentals that confound ordinary electronica categories.

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