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Opinion

FAIR AND BALANCED: Paddy & Michael Look at BIG’s New Plans for a Fox WTC Tower

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on June 9, 2015
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Bjarke Ingles Group has just unveiled plans for WTC Tower 2, a huge departure from the slightly yawn-inducing Norman Foster proposal. Since this thing is going to forever change the Manhattan skyline, we’re weighing in on the new design, which will be the new home of Fox News, among other tenants.

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Too Little Too Late: The Art World’s Letter-Writing Campaign to the UAE

by Michael Anthony Farley on June 3, 2015
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This week, cultural leaders signed a letter protesting the United Arab Emirates’ decision to bar labor activists from entering the country. That’s great, but why are cultural institutions opening satellite campuses in a right-wing authoritarian state in the first place?

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Islamic State and the Reinvention of Iconoclasm

by Corinna Kirsch on June 1, 2015
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Art gives power to the already-powerful. But when the powerful are dethroned, their art usually comes tumbling down with them. That’s political iconoclasm: the destruction of statues, monuments, and images by those newly in power. Out with the old, in with the new.

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Seriously, Fuck You, Georg Baselitz

by Paddy Johnson on May 21, 2015
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Can collectors all just agree never to buy a Georg Baselitz painting again?

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The Dot Meme Mutates at Zwirner

by Paddy Johnson on May 11, 2015
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Be afraid.

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What’s the Use of an Art Critic in a City on Fire?

by Michael Anthony Farley on April 28, 2015
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For the past twenty-four hours or so, I’ve been struggling to write about the situation here in Baltimore. I’ve tried doing my job—reviewing art shows—but even attempting to view politically informed projects in Baltimore through the lens of recent events felt strangely inappropriate. Like many bewildered Baltimoreans, any coherent thoughts I’ve attempted to compile have been quickly drowned out and scattered by the sounds of sirens and countless low-flying helicopters.

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Sanitizing the Web: Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update

by Corinna Kirsch on April 22, 2015
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Crappy websites, art websites, old websites—Google is pushing you out. This is gentrification on the web.

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Protesters Should Collaborate With the Whitney in Protest of Gas Pipeline

by Paddy Johnson on April 16, 2015
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Monday night about two dozen protesters took the streets of the Meatpacking district to protest the Whitney Museum’s decision to build a new mega-museum on top of a Spectra Energy natural gas pipeline. The pipeline brings gas that has been fracked (a practice known to use carcinogens and toxins) from Pennsylvania to New York. So, that’s bad. Pipelines are also dangerous—is it really a good idea to build a museum over something that could explode?

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Let Them Eat Cake: Kanye, SAIC, and the High Price of Graduation

by Katie Waddell on March 31, 2015
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Rosalia Marzulio wants to bake Kanye West’s honorary doctorate in a cake.

That is, the artist and freshman at School of the Art Institute (SAIC) is requesting that SAIC President Walter Massey pass this proposal on to West. She started a Facebook event and Twitter feed so the project could gain some momentum. When I spoke to her on the phone last Saturday, she’d landed a meeting with President Massey, and was excited to pass on her idea to the administration.

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