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The election fever has been ramping up in the US (and it’s still nine months away) so it seemed a good time to post this image of an election in Japan (circa 1920–25). It’s also my periodic reminder to you that the Library of Congress has a great Flickrstream of public domain images. (via flickr.com/library_of_congress) …

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“Entangled” by Photographer Maude Arsenault

A selection of images from “Entangled”, by Canadian photographer, artist and curator Maude Arsenault. Published as a photobook by Deadbeat Club in 2020, “Entangled” is a beautiful and intimate exploration of feminine identity and the ways in which it’s shaped and restricted by society and culture. Informed by her perspective as a mother of three, …

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Reconsidering the Watergate Courtroom Sketches, as Trump’s Trial goes on

Freda Reiter, President Richard Nixon, H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman in Oval Office, Recreation of 1973 conversation, drawn to accompany television playback of Nixon White House tapes during the 1974 trial. Recreation of 1973 conversation, drawn to accompany television playback of Nixon White House tapes during the 1974 trial. Pastel drawing, 17″ x 14″ (all images …

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Félix Vallotton and the Dark Heart of the Nineteenth-Century Bourgeoisie

The bourgeoisie: now there’s a subject for a nineteenth-century artist. In little more than a century, this newish class had gone from being comedic fast-talking Figaros to planet-altering overlords striding across the globe in search of a soul, status, and an appropriate self-image. What, aside from double-entry bookkeeping, lurked in the heart of the bourgeoisie, …

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Dlectricity, Detroit’s Light and Art Festival, is Now Accepting Artist Applications

January 20, 2020 Colossal, City Scape Outdoor Exhibit “{The Amazing!} House of Fog: il Cinema Nebbioso” (2017) by D Met Design: Joel Schmidt and Liz Skrisson, a fog-filled fun-house with internal novelty video projections that was part of DLECTRICITY’S children’s zone entitle Electric Park, photo by David Lewinski For three electrifying weekends in 2012, 2014, …

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“Lost Tales, a world in between” by Photographers Rose Moreno & Arthur Bouet

A curious hybrid art project from photographers Arthur Bouet and Rose Moreno . Based on time spent travelling the Scottish countryside between September and November of 2018, “Lost Tales, a world in between” combines portraits, landscapes, and staged photography with video testimonials, interviews, and writings that explore the unique beliefs and mythologies of the area …

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Suzy Lake on Navigating Ageism and Feminism Like a Game of Strategy

Suzy Lake, who was born in Detroit in 1947 and emigrated to Canada in the late 1960’s, works with video and photography to confront feminist issues. Intermingling recent and early works, Lake’s show “Performance of Protest,” on view at Arsenal Contemporary Art in New York through January 18, emphasizes the persistence of her vision and …

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Muses: B-52’s Singer Fred Schneider on Kurt Schwitters, Nonsense Poetry, and Rauschenberg’s Slap-Happy Hand

Fred Schneider is a singer in the B-52’s, one of the truly singular rock bands to spring up out of the postmodern cultural firmament of America in the 1970s and ’80s. After starting out in Athens, Georgia, the group located to New York and traveled a path through the art-rock underground to the top of …

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Meet LA’s Art Community: “I Always Was Able to Imagine Myself as an Artist,” Says Beatriz Cortez

This week, we interview Beatriz Cortez, an artist whose work explores memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the experience of migration. Cortez holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and a doctorate in Latin American literature from Arizona State University. Since 2000 she has worked as a professor in …

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