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Is Jeff Koons More Like Edward Snowden or Buzzfeed?

by Paddy Johnson on June 30, 2014
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Jeff Koons may inspire more debate than any other living artist. His work is kitschy, expensive, and market-friendly. He recycles imagery to the point of looking intellectually lazy. Is his factory of art makers really that different from Buzzfeed, a vast and wealthy website that brings together hundreds of pre-existing and manipulated images for little more than entertainment?

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Report From Chicago: Fresh Public Art, and a New Ed Paschke Art Center

by Robin Dluzen on June 24, 2014
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While the Chicago gallery scene mostly checks out for the summer, the city’s art museums and public arts programming tend to pick up the slack—and plenty of it is free and open everyday.

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“Everybody Is a Zhe”: This Is Zhe Zhe

by Henry Kaye on June 24, 2014
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Throughout the web series Zhe Zhe, the show’s characters both fantasize and delude themselves about being anything other than in their twenties and underemployed. They’re rockstars, they’re socialites, and occasionally, even demonstrate a modicum of self awareness.

This is what makes Zhe Zhe so good.

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We Went to The Lower East Side: Looking Back at History

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on June 20, 2014
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We visit CANADA’s Supports/Surfaces show and P!’s Elaine Lustig Cohen and Heman Chong show. Mixed reviews for all!

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We Went to the New Museum: Kjartansson, Oleson, and Cuoghi

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on June 18, 2014
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In which we discuss Ragnar Kjartansson, Jeanine Oleson, and Roberto Cuoghi’s exhibitions at the New Museum.

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We Went to the New Museum: Camille Henrot

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on June 18, 2014
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We talk about Camille Henrot’s show “The Restless Earth”, which includes her video “Grosse Fatigue,” which won her the silver lion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. The award was justified.

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Songs of the Civil War: A Moving Performance at the Studio Museum

by Corinna Kirsch on June 11, 2014
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A year after the close of the American Civil War, America’s first homegrown musical, “The Black Crook,” premiered in New York. That timing probably has a lot to do with why the Broadway-style musical has come to be seen as American as apple pie. But it also now begs the question: Why aren’t there more singing Lincolns? For that, there’s Courtesy the Artists to fill the void. Made up of Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade from the performance group My Barbarian, Courtesy the Artists channeled the same type of zany, yet critical theatrics the group’s known for.

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Three Reviews of Three Bushwick Shows

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on June 6, 2014
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While Bushwick Open Studios inspired some pretty harsh criticism on this blog, we did leave the galleries with plenty to recommend. We saw shows at the NEWD Art Show, Interstate Projects, and English Kills.

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Bushwick Open Studios in Review: 17-17 Troutman

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on June 2, 2014
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In this edition of Bushwick Open Studios in Review, we look at what happened in the 17-17 Troutman building. We cover Onderdonk, Harbor Gallery, Roll Call, Ortega y Gasset, and Parallel Art Space.

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Revising History With the Nasher’s “Jazz Age” Retrospective

by Whitney Kimball on June 2, 2014
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On its first stop in a national tour, “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” reintroduces viewers to a Harlem Renaissance painter who seems to have little to do with any movement at all.

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