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Feb 27, 2017
Renaud Proch Kayfabe

Interestingly, the focus was not only on the wrestlers, but on the larger wrestling world, one of spectacle and business. “C’est ‘meta’!” my friend whispered to me. “Not unlike the art world,” I remember thinking.

Feb 13, 2017
Ian Volner Philip Johnson and the New American Fascism

Johnson’s “inglorious detour” saw the brilliant, wealthy young designer and critic make a visit to Germany, where he took a shine to those beautiful blonde boys marching neatly through Nuremberg.

Jan 16, 2017
Chelsea Spengemann Fires Blazing on the Moon

At times the steam was all you could see or smell or touch. It was all-encompassing, and then suddenly it would dance off, taking the expanding image with it. 

Jan 2, 2017
Terence Riley Hope in Any Other

The layered waves of melody, emanating from one section, then another, suggest a spatial arrangement like a flock of birds taking wing, then careening this way and that, and finally disappearing into thin air.

Dec 19, 2016
Jim Lewis On the Everyday Life of Others

Pictures, books of pictures, collections of pictures, hard drives and smart phones full of pictures: these are inescapable. There is no more capacious storehouse of memories, including memory itself. 

Dec 5, 2016
Ruba Katrib Gathering in Akhalkalaki 

As Tbilisi sucks populations away from the far corners of the country with the allure of education and jobs, Fest I Nova becomes an occasion to revisit a peasant heritage from a post-Soviet present. 

Nov 21, 2016
Gean Moreno Glitch-People

The animation begins in a plainly inauspicious place—with a tiresome unspooling of clichés that supposedly represent Miami. From Gloria Estefan to the Bad Boys movies to Dexter, it is all soundtracked by—what else?—Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.”

Nov 7, 2016
Donald Judd Statement 1968

Any art involves philosophical, social, and political attitudes. It’s hard to generalize about all art and the United States but essentially the best art is opposed to the main kinds of power and to many of the prevailing attitudes.