Americana

SEE // Win Tickets to Danh Vo’s Guggenheim Artist Talk
Jarrett Moran |
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In honor of Vo’s 2012 Hugo Boss Prize, the Guggenheim is opening an exhibition that shows a more personal and intimate side of Vo’s work.

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SEE // Where to Follow the Election
Jarrett Moran |
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Waiting anxiously for the returns to come in is better with company, so here are a few ideas.

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Are These Olympic Portraits a Critique of American Heroism Or Just Plain Incompetent?
Amanda Ryan |
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Photographer Joe Klamar caught some flack for his less-than-flattering portraits of the US Olympic Team.

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Hunt Slonem's Antebellum Oz
Zach Bell |
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Hunt Slonem draws us into a world of ghosts, mystics, plantations, and exotic birds.

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American History in Ten Photographs, Paintings, and Prints
Spencer Nelson |
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It’s the 4th of July, so we’re looking back at 236 years of American history in iconic images and artworks.

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Celebrate America by Blowing Something Up
Amanda Ryan |
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In celebration of the Fourth of July, here are a few artists who have used fireworks and explosions in their work, from drawing on walls to collaborating with research laboratories to creatively disposing of others’ artworks.

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Long Island Residents Call for Destruction of American Flag Art
Spencer Nelson |
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An artist’s exhibition focusing on renditions of the American flag ignites a frenzy in a normally quiet New York suburb.

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Aaron Young's Motorcycle Diaries
Manish Vora |
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Aaron Young almost got himself kicked out of art school for his motorcycle shenanigans. Now they’ve turned him into an art world rock star.

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Digital American Dreamer
Mayukh Sen |
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Cynthia is an ungainly sight. She wears hemorrhoid pillow dresses. There’s a constant look of displeasure on her face. Her voice is pained and slightly monotonous. To numb her boredom, she surrounds herself with the stuff of infomercials – new age kitsch and painted sand. She is the alter ego of video and performance artist Shana Moulton, one of ten New York-based artists being profiled in Art21’s “New York Close-Up” Series. The protagonist of Moulton’s long-running Whispering Pines (2002 – ) series, Cynthia is the digital age’s American dreamer.

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