Weekend


Spearheaded by John Yau, Thomas Micchelli, and Albert Mobilio

Alberto Giacometti,

“What I am looking for is not happiness. I work solely because it is impossible for me to do anything else.” That’s how Alberto Giacometti summed it up, as told by James Lord in Giacometti: A Biography, published in 1997.

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ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on November 30, 2014

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This week, Ferguson, David Hockney and the avant-garde, Francis Bacon’s “missing” exhibition, art in a mall, Persian calligraphy, naked in a Yves Klein sculpture, the infamous 19th-century “Ape Woman,” and more.

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ReactorWeekend

Weekend Words: Climb

by Weekend Editors on November 30, 2014

Caspar David Friedrich,

Recently, Cliff Bar announced the termination of its sponsorship of five professional rock climbers.

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GalleriesWeekend

Jasper Johns Refuses to Play by the Book

by John Yau on November 30, 2014

Jasper Johns,

Currently on view in the exhibition Jasper Johns: Sculptures and Related Paintings 1957–1970 at Craig F. Starr is “Book” (1957), a work I suspect many people either don’t know about or are not likely to have seen, even in reproduction.

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MusicWeekend

Fragments of a Shape

by Lucas Fagen on November 29, 2014

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If Shabazz Palaces are the future of rap, as their label claims, then rap is bound for obscurantist whimsy — inventive and engaging though their records are, these proud bohemians have reached such a rarefied level of willful avant-garde perversity that it can take forever to hear how their musical elements fit together.

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Sam Lewitt,

Sam Lewitt is a young artist in a hurry. He was barely out of his twenties when he scored the 2012 Whitney Biennial, and right now he is filling both outlets of the Miguel Abreu Gallery — the modest space on Orchard Street and the immodest one on Eldridge.

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ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on November 23, 2014

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This week, the super-rich ruining museums, how an essay saved a Renaissance masterpiece, writing as commodity, stealing from Jasper Johns, social media as self-expression, and more.

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ReactorWeekend

Weekend Words: Crawl

by Weekend Editors on November 23, 2014

Fra Angelico,

On Thursday, amNewYork reported that the annual SantaCon charity bar crawl will not be heading for Bushwick this year.

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Trevor Winkfield,

While visiting Philadelphia a number of years ago, the poet and critic Wayne Koestenbaum asked me “Is Trevor Winkfield a real person?”

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EssaysWeekend

Gladys Nilsson’s Portraits of Everywoman

by John Yau on November 23, 2014

Gladys Nilsson,

There is something wonderfully incongruous and deeply disquieting about Gladys Nilsson’s art, which is primarily done in the medium of watercolor.

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