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Required Reading


Photographer Stefan Draschan patiently waits for people who match the art they’re looking at to come by and then snaps a photo.

Unraveling the Complicated Confederate Legacy, One Strand at a Time


Installation view of Sonya Clark’s “Unraveling” (all images courtesy Speed Museum) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Last Saturday was not the first time Sonya Clark has deconstructed a Confederate Flag.

The Killers’ Glamor, Sincerity, and Kitsch


“Nuh-nuh-nuhthing can break/nuh-nuthing can break me down,” intones Brandon Flowers on “The Man,” the Killers’ lead single from their new Wonderful Wonderful, out since September.

Rudy Burckhardt and Edwin Denby, New York City’s Greatest Flaneurs


Rudolph Burckhardt and Edwin Denby, “A Walk through Astoria and Other Places in Queens” (1943), album of 71 gelatin silver prints mounted to 25 sheets of gray card, printed c.

Disarming North Korea With Pizza and Sports


SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA 19 OCTOBER 2017 North Korean officials are still scrambling to make sense of the Olympic Committee’s sudden announcement late last night of Pyongyang’s winning bid to host the 2020 games.

Visualizing the Imaginary and Unseen


Nicolas Carone, “Orpheus” (1960), oil on canvas, 48 3/8 x 60 inches (courtesy of the Estate of Nicolas Carone) In a painting from 1989, Nicolas Carone deploys airy zigzags of luminous beige.

Ambitions and Limitations of Civic Engagement in the Museum


Installation view of “Philadelphia Assembled” (courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art) PHILADELPHIA — Unless you were born without a heart, Philadelphia Assembled, an exhibition on civic engagement initiated by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and currently on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will very likely provoke tears.

Rose DeSiano Holds a Mirror Up to Nature


Installation view of Rose DeSiano’s “Island of Empirical Data and Other Fabrications” (all photos by Toby Tenenbaum) Randalls Island and Wards Island occupy a liminal position in New York City’s geography.

American Monuments Then and Now


Lee Friedlander, “Father Duffy. Times Square, New York, New York” (1974), gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches (all photographs © Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery and Eakins Press Foundation) As public symbols of civic virtue and regional pride, the formal and iconographic range of monuments, memorials, and other commemorative statuary in American culture is truly astounding.

A Doodler Who Taught Himself to Paint


Chuck Boyce, “Urb” (2016), oil on canvas, 28 x 22 inches (all images courtesy Edward Thorp Gallery, New York) Edward Thorp has always had a knack for finding artists.

Ancient Mediterranean Oil Lamps Capture the Pop Culture of Their Time


Terracotta lamp from Anatolia with curled-up sleeping dog in high-relief (1st-4th c. CE) (all images courtesy of the J.

Help Solve a Global Crisis Through an Online Puzzle


Screenshot of Foldit (via Animation Research Labs, University of Washington/Wikimedia) The University of Washington launched the online game Foldit in 2008, and since then it has successfully engaged the public in solving puzzles for science.

The First Animation Is Film Festival Showcases the Best of Today’s Animation


Virus Tropical (Animation Is Film Festival) Over the course of the nearly ten years since its founding, indie film company GKIDS has carved out an increasingly strong niche for itself as a distributor of foreign animated films.

Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models Lets You Build the Miniature Guggenheim of Your Dreams


Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models: 14 Kirigami Buildings to Cut Out and Fold (courtesy Laurence King Publishing) With the recently-released Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models: 14 Kirigami Buildings to Cut Out and Fold from Laurence King Publishing, you can build tiny models of Fallingwater, the Guggenheim Museum, and Taliesin West.

Performance Artist Who Exposed Herself In Front of the “Mona Lisa” Is Acquitted


Deborah De Robertis performing “Ma chatte, mon copyright” at the Louve (© Deborah De Robertis, photo by Guillaume Belvèze) PARIS — On October 18, as the rest of the art world in Paris ogled the art objects at the FIAC (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain) art fair’s grand opening, French-Luxembourg artist Deborah De Robertis was fighting in court.

Photobooks Designed to Treat Dementia Gently Challenge the Mind


Spread from Photographic Treatment by Laurence Aëgerter, published by Dewi Lewis (all images courtesy the artist) A winding slide and a flamingo’s arcing neck.

The 1960s Photographer Who Documented the Peace Sign as Political Symbol


Jim Marshall, New York, NY (1963) (from Jim Marshall: Peace, © Jim Marshall Photography LLC) Between 1961 and 1968, photographer Jim Marshall followed the spread of the peace sign.

How An Artist’s Activism Nurtured his Painting


Peter Krashes, “Empty Mics” (2008) oil on linen, 63 x 84 inches (courtesy of the James Gallery, CUNY) Peter Krashes’s paintings have often drawn on distinctly personal material: flight patterns circling his parent’s house, intimate portraits of his husband (the artist Oliver Herring) or Krashes’s own body undergoing physical therapy.

An Artist Reimagines His Ancestors Through Costumed Self-Portraits


Ken Gonzales-Day, “Untitled #28,”(1996) Bone-Grass Boy Series, C-Print, 22 ½ x 34 ¼ inches (image courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles) LOS ANGELES — Created almost entirely during the 1990s, Ken Gonzales-Day’s exhibition Bone-Grass Boy: The Secret Banks of the Conejos River is historical, yet urgently timely.

Performa 17 is Inspired by the Anarchic, Restlessly Inventive Spirit of Dada


Wangechi Mutu, “Throw” (2016), site-specific action painting (image courtesy the artist) When Dadaism began, it was primarily a response to World War I, to depressing nationalism and audacious capitalism.


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