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In Critical Awe of Humanity’s Impact on the Environment

Perhaps the consummate bard of the American landscape, Mark Twain depicted in his writing a countryside both tamed and wild. He once wrote, “The Mississippi River will always have its own way; no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise.” The same description could be applied to the waterways of photographer and video artist Isabelle Hayeur’s exhibition Death in Absentia at Pierogi gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, part of the ongoing Brooklyn / Montreal, a gallery exchange between the two cities. In stunning photographs, Hayeur documents rivers half taken over by industry and development but half still mysterious.

Posted inOpinion

Are Tech Companies the New Thought Police?

VALENCE, France — There is a new thread in the ongoing stream of censorship by social networks and mobile applications. Vine, the iPhone and iPod Touch “Instagram for video” app, underwent controversy mere days after it’s release on the App Store. Twitter-owned Vine was released last week to a notable buzz, even being featured by Apple as an App Store “Editor’s Pick” from the first day of its launch.

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Who Says LA Doesn’t Read? Inaugural LA Art Book Fair Opens Today

AA Bronson, the internationally recognized artist and former president of New York’s Printed Matter artist-book store, is currently in LA to launch the first ever LA Art Book Fair at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary space in downtown LA. Bronson, who is also the director of the NY Art Book Fair, says he’s been thinking about an LA companion to the popular New York fair for about three years now.

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False Appearances Mask Hidden Truths

When you first enter Parker’s Box, you’ll find a clear aisle in front of you but to the right, a giant construction blocking your way. The size of the piece is imposing size, but its material is puny — one of the most lightweight and disregarded objects imaginable, plastic drinking straws. The work is a manifestation of artist Patrick Martinez’s LINX, a system he devised and recently funded on Kickstarter that lets users assemble drinking-straw constructions with a specially designed plastic connector.

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Georg Baselitz Is a Sexist Grump

Women, ladies, girls, however you identify — if you’ve got two X chromosomes, I’m talking to you, and I have an unfortunate announcement: You can’t paint. At least not well. So if you’re thinking about becoming a painter, don’t do it; you’ll never be any good. If you already are one, I’m sorry; you should probably take up knitting instead.