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Copy That!

The Grift Economy

Copy That!

The Grift Economy

Columnist Joy Garnett offers a new spin on a common letter.

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Occupation: Artist

Occupation: Artist

Guest writer Jayna Swartzman-Brosky surveys the myriad ways that contemporary artists monetize their practice and negotiate the value of their labor.

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Money: worth more than the paper it’s written on

Money: worth more than the paper it’s written on

“Like economic value, an artwork’s meaning (its aesthetic value) is derived through a critical judgment that employs comparisons…”

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New Kids on the Block

BFAMFAPhD: An Imaginative School of Thought

New Kids on the Block

BFAMFAPhD: An Imaginative School of Thought

Caroline Woolard’s collaborative project, BFAMFAPhD.com, “endeavors to unite artists in order to address the problems of their rising population” in the U.S.

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Mapping San Francisco

Mapping San Francisco

With its Google bus wars, start-up fever, and rapid gentrification, San Francisco has become a touchstone in conversations about money. Where do art and creativity fit into the shaping of the city?

Shana Moulton performs Whispering Pines 10 at the New Museum, New York, 2011. Production still from the New York Close Up film, Shana Moulton & Nick Hallett Stage An Opera. © Art21, Inc. 2014.

Shana Moulton & Nick Hallett Stage An Opera

Shana Moulton & Nick Hallett Stage An Opera

New in New York Close Up, artist Shana Moulton and composer Nick Hallett collaborate on the opera Whispering Pines 10—rehearsing and performing at the New Museum as part of the Rhizome “New Silent” series.

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Reflections on Chinese Contemporary Art: Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Cai Guo-Qiang

Reflections on Chinese Contemporary Art: Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Cai Guo-Qiang

“Armory Focus: China” curator Philip Tinari discusses artists Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Cai Guo-Qiang.

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Josephine Halvorson Gets the Conversation Going

Josephine Halvorson Gets the Conversation Going

New in New York Close Up, artist Josephine Halvorson guides an undergraduate painting class in a group critique at Cooper Union in Manhattan.

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Alchemy of Inspiration

Translating a City Back to Itself

Alchemy of Inspiration

Translating a City Back to Itself

Columnist Jessica Lott travels to Barcelona and observes “Making Neighborhoods,” a multidisciplinary project with the city’s African immigrant population.

Susan Silton, "In everything there is the trace," 2013. Installation view at the USC Fisher Museum of Art. Photo: Alexandra Brown.

Word is a Virus

Manual Transmissions

Word is a Virus

Manual Transmissions

“Word is a Virus” columnist Carol Cheh looks at two recent performance projects that involved retyping iconic works of literature on typewriters.