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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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Who likes Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years at the Met?

by Leighann Morris on September 24, 2012
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Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years just opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and boy, have critics had a field day, almost universally panning it. With almost 50 works by Warhol and nearly 100 works by artists who have responded to Warhol in some way, the show was bound to cause a stir because really, which artist hasn’t been influenced by Andy Warhol? With this in mind, critics ask: is Regarding Warhol an intelligently curated retrospective that explores important aspects of Warhol’s work, or is Regarding Warhol a celebrity driven, gimmicky attendance boost?

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The Art Market Bubble? Not in the Lower East Side

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on September 14, 2012
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If there’s an art market bubble, shouldn’t all galleries be experiencing it? If the flurry of press releases announcing gallery upgrades is any indication, the Lower East Side is experiencing yet another bout of growing pains. Lisa Cooley, Thierry Goldberg and CANADA have all moved to larger locations and smaller galleries such as Bushwick’s formerly defunct Pocket Utopia have reopened in the neighborhood.

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