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Morning Links: Decoding and Recodifing Art

by Paddy Johnson on March 26, 2012

  • If you were confused about why Andrew Masullo has the respect he does amongst painters, Carol Kino’s profile in the Times won’t help. There are maybe two and a half paragraphs on his actual paintings in this profile. [NYTimes]
  • Let the Mad Men recaps begin, footnotes and all.  (Hat tip The Awl). [Mad Men Unbuttoned]
  • Attribution symbols for the heavy linkers in the crowd! [The Curator’s Code]
  • All communication to upper decks will involve breast fondling. Star Trek Insignia Pasties. [Incredible Things]
  • Marina Galperina slams The Art Newspaper for venerating homophobic zealot picketers. [AnimalNY]
  • Old news, but in case you didn’t see it, James Murdoch to leave Sotheby’s board. [FoxBusiness]
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If Harvey Danger Painted: Debating the Merits of the One-Work Show

by Reid Singer on September 16, 2011
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There’s something rather extraordinary about the amount of money MoMA will have spent on de Kooning: a Retrospective, which opens to the general public the day after tomorrow. Taking into account the money spent on borrowing, transporting, and insuring the paintings in the show (which experts value at more than $4 billion), it stands among the most expensive in the museum’s history. Happy as I am to see a show like this go up (and I really am), didn’t MoMA just put on an exhibition with many of de Kooning’s paintings? Some of us are wondering if this is really where our membership dues are going.

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Are Facebook Friendly Squares Necessary?

by Reid Singer on September 15, 2011
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Silly at best, Facebook’s policy on offensive content is being enforced with little regard to consistency or common sense, and Fotografiska is right to draw attention to it. It doesn’t bother me a bit that their act of satire will bring all the more attention to an exhibition of work by a photographer whose work has been subject to arbitrary, outdated notions of decency in the past.

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