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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on March 23, 2014

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This week, the Oxford comma debate, artists and being liked, science and bisexuality, longform on Twitter, best pizza in New York, and much much more.

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Weekend Words: Woo

by Weekend Editors on March 23, 2014

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On Thursday, the New York Times published a large pull-out section, Museums, which included an article on the attempts various institutions have made at “Wooing a New Generation of Museum Patrons.”

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In part 1 of this month, reviews of Beck, 2NE1, Eric Church, and St Vincent.

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Regrets — the collective title of Jasper Johns’s most recent series of paintings, drawings, and prints — is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (March 15–September 1, 2014). The inspiration for the series was a ripped, crumpled and stained photograph of Lucian Freud perched on the edge of an iron bed, one leg tucked under the other, with his hand clutching his hair as he looks down and away.

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A couple of years ago, I heard Chris Martin give a talk to Columbia MFA students. Rather than the standard artist’s slide lecture, Martin brought along his conga drums and a small band, a girl wearing a metallic dress and carrying a boom box, and a couple of people who tore sheets from a book of Italian Renaissance drawings and handed them to audience members.

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What’s stunning about Matt Kish’s illustrations for Heart of Darkness — one for every page of Joseph Conrad’s text — is how sunny they are. His modest palette comprises yellow, green, black, and white, with the occasional hit of red, orange, or blue. The novel, on the other hand, is tonally dark: sepulchral and miasmic.

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Peter Buggenhout’s massive stacks of debris hang off the wall or sprawl across the floor in a state of dereliction and collapse, monumental castoffs from a world spinning out of control.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on March 16, 2014

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This week, the web turned 25, the art world is infatuated with a new person, photographers in Hungary are concerned, Sylvain Chomet does The Simpsons, writing tips, the economics of the sex trade, and more.

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Weekend Words: Wage

by Weekend Editors on March 16, 2014

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The only bright spot in the news this week was President Obama’s executive action on Thursday, ordering the U.S. Department of Labor to revise federal rules on overtime wages, qualifying millions of Americans to receive extra pay if they work more than 40 hours a week.

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Yeezus Christ Superstar

by Lucas Fagen on March 16, 2014

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When Kanye West first released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010, his celebrity had reached its peak, or so we all thought. No album that year dominated as absolutely — critically, commercially, artistically, musically, culturally. Not only did it go platinum, but hip-hop intellectuals loved it.

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