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Weekend Reads: A Plague of Plagues

by Whitney Kimball on April 6, 2013
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Maybe it has something to do with the dismal economic forecasts, but it’s been a reflective couple of weeks for the blogosphere. Several members of the community have come back around to familiar issues that continue to thrive in the art world like the plague. For that reason, we’ll be giving their thoughts a second read this weekend.

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Tuesday Links

by Whitney Kimball on December 11, 2012

  • In case you haven’t read it yet, Greg Allen, in a whirlwind of dynamo art investigation, solves the mystery behind Bob Dylan’s paintings. He builds his case from a year of interviews, press statements, his own work with the Chinese paint mills, and the Todd Haynes movie. It’s really good. []
  • Feeling newly empowered by the events of the last week, the Cooper Union students abandoned their lock-in. They now plan to implement the Cooper Union community’s right to vote out board members. [Hyperallergic]
  • The redesign plans for Jean Nouvel’s MoMA skyscraper, Tower Verre, have been released. They had to chop 200 feet off the top, possibly fearing that it would cast a shadow over Central Park in the winter. It’s still a soaring architectural monstrosity. [Curbed]
  • C-Monster’s Pablo Picasso GIF []
  • The 2013 Texas Biennial curators have been announced. [D Magazine]
  • Hooray for the UK government, for scrapping a bill that would have required ISPs to store browsing history and email details for over a year. They felt that the Draft Communications Data Bill, which would have allowed police to view your shit without a warrant, would be an unnecessary level of surveillance. [Verge]
  • Blake Gopnik was one of the many fired from the “bloodbath” at Newsweek. [ARTinfo]
  • You can still read him at


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Do Handjobs And Twitter Go Hand-in-Hand?

by Paddy Johnson on July 12, 2011
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Does the cheer leading required to build social networking communities encourage fan culture and pose a problem to online critics? Flame wars aren’t particularly good for community building, but neither is fawning over substandard art.

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