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Here and Elsewhere

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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Here and Elsewhere: A Portrait of the Global Art Economy

by Corinna Kirsch on September 8, 2014
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It’s unfortunate, then, that the lessons I got out of Here and Elsewhere, the New Museum’s current exhibition of art from the Arab World, weren’t the least bit challenging. We’re told contemporary art should look like other contemporary art and exhibitions, and that if that art is political, it should reference past events. That’s not much of a lesson plan.

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The Privilege of Philosophy: On Whitebox Art Center’s Panel on Palestinian Art

by Henry Kaye on August 8, 2014
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Those sitting in the panel discussion at the Whitebox Art Center could remove heated rhetoric about “solidarity with Palestine” from the equation by appealing to theory, but only in non-warzones is there this privilege of philosophy.

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