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Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Reading Félix González-Torres in Times of Fascism

by Michael Anthony Farley on November 18, 2016
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Félix González-Torres’ nuanced, thoughtful observations on sociopolitical conflict, the Right Wing agenda, and the Left’s dysfunctions are so singularly true and poignant that it’s physically painful to know he’s no longer with us.

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HIV/AIDS Goes Art History In “Art AIDS America” At The Bronx Museum

by Emily Colucci on July 29, 2016
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What is lost when HIV/AIDS becomes art history? A lot, as it seems.

As HIV/AIDS gets revisited by a slew of recent exhibitions, books and films, the real continued emotional impact of the disease is in danger of being replaced by a distant historical interest. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Bronx Museum’s current exhibition Art AIDS America.

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A 10th Grader’s Artwork Is Setting Off a Shitstorm of Ridiculous Controversy

by Michael Anthony Farley on March 25, 2016
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On March 15th, an exhibition of high school students’ artwork went up in the atrium of Denver’s Wellington Webb Municipal Building. And now a lot of grown men are crying crocodile tears about it. An unnamed 10th grader responded to an assignment to recontextualize a piece from art history with contemporary themes by combining Goya’s “The 3rd of May 1808” with the more recent “A Tale of Two Hoodies” by Michael D’Antuono. Those paintings commemorate the execution of Spanish resistance fighters by Napoleon’s armies, and the murders of African American youth by police and vigilantes, respectively.

Predictably, the #BlueLivesMatter reactionaries are out in full force to cry victim.

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Hans-Ulrich Obrist’s New Do It Video Tells You to Do It With Social Media

by Corinna Kirsch on April 29, 2014
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But why should we do it?

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Slideshow: Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart

by Whitney Kimball on January 22, 2014
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At Artists Space, Julie Ault’s collection reveals the other New York art world.

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Week Ten: Oprah Winfrey Is the New Curator at the Palais de Tokyo

by Corinna Kirsch on January 14, 2014
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Because why not?

This week’s dream exhibitions brought to you by Joshua Weibley, Jessica MacCormack, Angela Washko, and Laura Swanson.

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Thursday Links: Incremental Progress

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on March 28, 2013

  • Do not mess with art critics; you might get sued. At least that’s what happened when Danish artist Kristian von Hornsleth pasted art critic Camilla Stockmann’s face into a pornographic collage where she’s the center of a gangbang. Those real mature antics didn’t get Hornsleth anywhere except court. Now, judges have found Hornsleth guilty of copyright infringement for using Stockmann’s image without permission. [The Art Newspaper]
  • We are now living through the second golden age of American philanthropy. Is this a good thing? A democratic society is committed, at least in principle, to the equality of citizens. But foundations are, virtually by definition, the voice of plutocracy. A thorough look at the pros and cons of these organizations. #longreads. [Boston Review]
  • Kriston Capps calls Pritzker Architecture Prize after a change.org petition launched demanding that Denise Scott Brown be retroactively recognized; the contributions she made, led to her husband to win the prize in 1991. Apparently, Mr. Pritzker has “taken it under advisement.” [Architect Magazine]
  • Gallerist writes an enormous profile on Julian Schnabel, but can’t get his ex-wife, artist David Salle, Pace Gallery’s Arnold Glimcher, Dealer Mary Boone, and a number of other friends from the 80’s to talk. A significant amount of the story is dedicated to fleshing out Schnabel’s enormous ego. [Gallerist]
  • Anthony Huberman has been appointed Director of the CCA Wattis Institute. He fills the position recently left vacant by Jens Hoffmann, who took on a Deputy Director position at the Jewish Museum in November 2012. [e-flux]
  • Have you ever wondered who keeps on refilling Felix-Gonzalez Torres’s candy sculptures? Time Out Chicago critic Lauren Weinberg fills in the gaps. [Time Out Chicago]
  • The Marina Abramovic Doc won a Peabody Award, reports Michael Miller, the oldest award in broadcasting. She joins the ranks of Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham, Lorne Michaels, and Louie CK. [Gallerist]
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