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Black Is and Black Ain’t in Pace Gallery’s “Blackness in Abstraction”

by Emily Colucci on August 18, 2016
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“Black is and black ain’t.” Walking through Pace Gallery’s current exhibition Blackness in Abstraction, I began to think about that title line from Marlon Riggs’s final film—taken from the prologue of Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man. Even more than the pervasive “Black is beautiful,” this curiously ambiguous phrase hints at the multitude of meanings, voices, and questions surrounding blackness in the exhibition.

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We Went to Frieze: Ate Shit, but Didn’t See the Ass

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on May 4, 2016
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One could more or less have the same experience of Frieze by looking at documentation of most of the work. This, despite the fact that visitors can sample dystopian “food” products and see a live donkey (sometimes).

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Rijksmuseum takes White-Out to Art History

by Rea McNamara on December 10, 2015
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Has the trigger warning phenomenon hit institutional curation?

The New York Times reported today on an ongoing project at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to have their history department curators remove “racially-charged terms” from the titles and even descriptions of artworks in their collection’s online catalog.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Migratory Art Horses Return, Marking Beginning Of Spring

by Whitney Kimball on March 25, 2013
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Don’t worry about Tilda. As MoMA and the Armory become even greater parodies of themselves, and after a long series of depressing gallery trips, things outside the mega-art world are looking up.

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