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New York Times Arts Reporter Copies Renaissance Painter’s Wikipedia Entry


Piero di Cosimo, “Saint Anthony with pig in background” (c. 1480) (image via Wikipedia) The media blog Fishbowl New York is reporting that the lead paragraph of a July 25 New York Times article by Carol Vogel bears a striking similarity to the Wikipedia entry for its subject, the Renaissance painter Piero di Cosimo.

ArtRx NYC


View of Žilvinas Kempinas’ “Scarecrow” (2014), Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, Queens (via socratessculpturepark.org) This week, Marcel Duchamp lands at Gagosian, a Syrian family’s dinner table is the subject of an exhibition, art book shops are making deals, Flux Factory is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and more.

The Overlooked Elegance of Japanese Pattern Books


Kimono designer’s pattern book, 1860s, hand painted book (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) CHICAGO — The Chicago Botanic Garden, located on 385 acres in a suburb just north of the city, is one of the great treasures of Chicago.

Tracing a Line Between Conceptualism and Blackness


Adrienne Edwards and Adam Pendleton in conversation at MoMA (all photos by Keith Smith, © 2014 MoMA) The soothing piano music and soulful singing of Marian Anderson’s “Trampin’” filled the auditorium as artist Adam Pendleton began his performance at the Museum of Modern Art.

Broadcasting Los Angeles


KCHUNG TV stage at Made in L.A. 2014 (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) LOS ANGELES — One of the first objects in display at the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A.

Food Cart Fracas at Met Museum Steams Top Dogs


An exterior panorama of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (image via Michael Gray/Flickr) The $65 million redesign of the plazas in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has staunched the rising tide of food carts that typically congregate at the foot of the institution’s sweeping entrance, the New York Times reported.

Ukrainian Separatists Lift Soviet Tank, Howitzers from Local Museum


Pro-Russian rebels attempting to start a Soviet-era tank in the Ukrainian town of Kostyantynivka (screenshot via YouTube) In case you needed a reminder that history is just fossilized life, look no further than Ukraine, where the past has been quite literally and rudely revived. The city of Donetsk has been caught up in a pro-Russian separatist uprising for months, occupied by insurgents who have declared the area the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). After taking over an arts nonprofit last month, members of the DPR militia have now turned to the city’s war museum — but rather than squat there, they’ve stolen from it.

Marketing the Great War


I Want You for U.S. Army. James Montgomery Flagg. New York: Leslie-Judge Co., 1917. The New York Public Library, Rare Book Division.

Two Exhibitions Capture Life in the Caucasus


Varhram Aghasyan, “Museum of the Revolution,” in ‘RE: Museum’ at the National Gallery (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) TBILISI, Georgia — This week in Tbilisi, there are two exhibitions worth checking out.

Artists Present Alternative Instagram Models


Instagram Mini-Marathon Curator Group Selfie with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kevin McGarry, and Bettina Korek.

Native Activist Charges Art Students with Plagiarism


Cohere: Mapping Voices Across the Silence (screenshot via Kickstarter) A Native activist and organizer is claiming that a group of students at the California College of the Arts stole her work for a project that received a monetary award from the school’s Center for Art and Public Life.

Required Reading


Mysterious white American flags appeared on the top of the Brooklyn Bridge this week. Authorities are still scratching their heads.

Weekend Words: Mess


Crispijn van de Passe, “Discordia” (n.d.). Engraving. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. (image via Web Gallery of Art) “‘It’s a very tangled mess,’ said Gary Samore, a former national security aide to Mr.

Fagen’s Critical Catalogue (July 2014, Part 2)


Having coined Fagen’s First Law of Live Rock Performance, which states that any concert without people wearing Ramones paraphernalia in the audience is a concert barely worth attending, I tested my theory out at the Pitchfork Music Festival last weekend in Chicago’s Union Park, where Kendrick Lamar’s arena-rap and especially Schoolboy Q’s explosive crunk-hop really got the party going.

Marilyn Chin: Poet, Translator, Provocateur


Marilyn Chin (2007) (photograph courtesy Don Romero) A few weeks ago, on Centre Street–just north of Canal, the longtime boundary between Chinatown and the rest of Manhattan–I was on a panel, Re-imagining Asian American (and American) Poetry, at the Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA).

Now on Film: The Mysterious Healing Power of Emery Blagdon’s Art


Close-up of one of Emery Blagdon’s hanging sculptures (2012), wire, found bottles, wire, metallic foil, paint, shells, dimensions variable (photograph by Kelly Rush) Yesterday evening’s nationwide PBS broadcast of Kelly Rush’s new documentary short, Emery Blagdon & His Healing Machine, served as a reminder of just what it is that distinguishes the lives and careers of the most exemplary outsider artists.

Single Point Perspective: Peter Acheson’s Table


Peter Acheson, “Table” (c.2003-ongoing), mixed media, dimensions variable (all photographs by the author for Hyperallergic) I first encountered Peter Acheson’s table sculpture several years ago.

Man of Letters: Ray Johnson Art in Motion


Cover of “Not Nothing: Selected Writings By Ray Johnson, 1954-1995″ (2014), Sigilo Press (all images courtesy Sigilo Press) Not Nothing: Selected Writings By Ray Johnson, 1954-1995, recently released by Siglio Press, is edited by poet and translator Elizabeth Zuba, with an essay by poet and novelist Kevin Killian.

The Real Life Politics of Palestinian Art in New York


A view of Khaled Jarrar’s “No Exist” (2014) at Whitebox Art Center (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) Last night’s opening of Khaled Jarrar’s two-part exhibition No Exit at Whitebox Art Center and the related 10 Days, 10 Ideas workshops at Undercurrent Projects was a window into the art world realities facing Palestinian artists in the midst of the escalating violence in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel.

Dispatches from the Gateways to Death Valley


Pamela Littky, “Burned Out Truck, Baker, California,” from “Vacancy” (all photographs courtesy the artist and Kehrer) Two rural communities have ominously declared themselves the “Gateway to Death Valley” — Baker, California and Beatty, Nevada — each isolated as the last stop before miles of harsh landscape.


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