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Since Monday, visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City have been encountering an unusual sight at the museum’s Modern and Contemporary Art galleries, finding Marc Chagall’s “The Lovers” hidden behind a large cloth. The gesture is part of a global campaign organized by the humanitarian aid organization the International Committee (IRC) to highlight the contributions of refugees to their hosting countries... ◾️ ◾️ “The Lovers” depicts Chagall with his wife and muse Bella Rosenberg during their life together in Paris. The Belarus-born couple fled Nazi-occupied France in 1941 and resettled in New York City. Chagall’s granddaughter Bella Meyer, was the Met’s guest of honor at the shrouding ceremony. “I wouldn’t have been here if my grandparents were not accepted into the US,” she told Hyperallergic. “I’m very moved by [the Met’s] gesture towards refugees,” she continued. “Our culture is made out of all these extraordinary creators.” . 📸 courtesy @metmuseum #WorldRefugeeDay ; Read the story by @hakimbishara at link in bio

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Born and raised in Oakland, @sadiebarnette describes the themes and aesthetics of her work as “abstraction in service of everyday magic and survival in America.” Her work, to quote Essence Harden, isn’t just a love letter to her hometown, but “a love letter to black possibility, liberation and restoration,” a motif befitting Bay Area cultural production, as Oakland and San Francisco have steadily been gutted of Black life through violent, displacing processes of gentrification. ◾️◾️◾️◾️◾️◾️◾️◾️◾️◾️ Barnette’s newest project, “The New Eagle Creek Saloon,” is a recreation of the gay bar her father ran in San Francisco from 1990-1993: the first black-owned gay bar in San Francisco. As she told writer @babywasu that the installation was a commemoration of her father’s dedication to the people, musing that his creation of a safe space for Black queers in a racially antagonistic San Francisco scene was an extension of the political labor of his Black Panther community work. 🌈 Photo by Robert Divers Herrick. Click the link in bio for full story #pride #oakland #sadiebarnette

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🚨ATTN Beach-Bound Art-Lovers🚨 Check out our latest in Summer must-have merchandise. From Guerilla Girls tote bags to Judy Chicago beverage coasters to David Shrigley beach towels and inflatable floaties, we’ve got everything you could need for an art-filled day at the beach! To purchase or peruse, visit the link in our bio ⬆️ #summer #wearableart

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Between 1974 and 1983, photographer Hank O’Neal joined the LGBTQ people marching for their rights through Greenwich Village and documented their journey. These photographs, among with handwritten annotations by Allen Ginsberg, are included in Swann Auction Galleries’s “Pride Sale,” a curated auction of material related to the queer community and the gay rights movement on June 20. 🌈 🌈 Amid the backdrop of the sale’s exhibition, Hyperallergic co-founder and editor-in-chief @hragv will moderate a panel with media activist and LGBTQ PR guru, @cathyrenna, and Director of Development for the Leslie-Lohman Museum, @eddieologist. The panel takes place on Monday, June 17 at Swann Auction Galleries from 6-8 pm. More information at link in bio ⬆️ . 📸 1. Hank O’Neal, “The Gay Day Archive (1974-83); 2. Allen Ginsberg, “Harvey Milk died for your sins.” Courtesy @swanngalleries.

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“Her name is Mary Tillman Smith, and she is someone,” the pioneering American researcher and collector William S. Arnett wrote in the early 2000s. Mary T. Smith (1905-1995), a sharecropper’s daughter who began making paintings in the 1970s, was hearing-impaired from an early age and the third of 13 children. She and her siblings helped their sharecropper father grow, pick, and pack vegetables. Given her hearing disability, she had a hard time in school but still managed to reach the fifth grade; as a child, she often spent time alone, drawing. 🎨 🎨 🎨 Smith later worked as a domestic servant for white families and moved to Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where she discovered a sense of personal freedom, creating a home and transforming the yard around it into an open-air space for making and presenting her art. An exhibition of her deeply personal, expressionistic paintings continues @shrine.nyc through July 28. 📸 Mary T. Smith at her home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, early 1980s (photo by George Snyder, courtesy of Souls Grown Deep Foundation). Full review at link in bio. #marytsmith

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Shaun Leonard confronts uncomfortable and divisive subjects, including race, incarceration, and gun control through dialogue and public performance. This Monday, the New York Peace Institute will leads participants in a community-building circle practice @veralistcenter. Each circle of participants will examine a facet of freedom of speech. Following the circle practice, Leonard along with the Circle Keepers, will facilitate discussion rooted in mutual respect, problem-solving, awareness and shared leadership.. ◻️ ◻️ The seminar series “Freedom of Speech: A Curriculum for Studies into Darkness” is directed by @carinkuoni along with Hyperallergic curator-in-residence @lauraraicovich. Admission is free but registration is required. To register, visit link in bio. 📸 “I Can’t Breathe - workshop and performance, courtesy David Willems Photography

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Marcus Linden’s new documentary “The Raft” slowly unspools the strange tale of a voyage ventured into the psychological unknown. Unfolding the insane seafaring journey of ten subjects led by Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés, the film transforms the myth of the “sex raft” into a tale of self-made demagoguery. In the end, Genovés’ plan to synthesize a sociological cure for human violence became a trap in which participants endured indentured servitude and recreational abuse at the hands of a man with a god complex.. 🚣‍♀️ 🚣‍♀️ “The Raft” is now playing @metrographnyc and other select theaters. Read @cbramesco’s review at the link in bio. #documentary #film

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Researchers at Williams College surveyed the collections of 18 major US museums to quantify the gender, ethnic, and racial composition of the artists represented in their collections. The study found that 85.4% of the works in the collections of all major US museums belong to white artists, and 87.4% are by men.◻️ 🔹 🔹 @monachalabi, a New York-based artist and data journalist, took notice of the study and offered her own interpretation of its results. Chalabi translates complex academic spreadsheets into written pieces, illustrations, audio, and film, often highlighting social issues through eye-catching and often humorous illustrations based on statistical data. 📸 @monachalabi ◻️ 🔹 Click the link in bio for full story ☝🏻☝🏼☝🏽☝🏾☝🏿

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From 1958 to 2009, Estudio Luisita, the photographic studio run by sisters Graciela (“Chela”) and Luisa (“Luisita”) Escarria, produced iconic image of the stars of Buenos Aires show business. The Argentina exhibition “Luz de noche,” which translates to “Night light” in English, highlights Luisita and Chela’s efforts to create a perfect spectacle, locating this perfection not in the artifice of a performance but in its painstaking construction. ◻️ ◻️ ◻️ Foto Estudio Luisita, “Nélida Lobato” (1971) // Click the link in bio to read more ⬆️ #photography

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Tomorrow – the US Postal Service will release a new collection of boldly colored, geometric stamps honoring the late painter and sculptor, Ellsworth Kelly. One of America’s great 20th-century abstractionists, Kelly died in 2015 at age 92. The stamps feature tiny reproductions if Kelly’s rainbow-hues paintings. 🧩🔶🔴 #EllsworthKellyStamps

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Wall color. It’s a curatorial decision that dictates the sensibility and perspective of an exhibition. Whether they go for rainbow spectrums or shades of white, curators usually know what they like on a gallery wall. ◻️ 🎨 🎨 🎨 For instance, at last year’s Mel Chin exhibition at The Queens Museum (pictured), the architectural design studio @lot_ek chose a bright, hi-vis yellow. “Choosing such a bright yellow was a major commitment,” writes curator @lauraraicovich, “but sometimes a more intense color is used to accentuate or signal a category of objects as archival or as ephemera.” (📸 by Hai Zhang). Click the link to read nine curators on their favorite wall colors. ◻️ #paintcolor #artcurator

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Happy Summer! Time to grab your best late 19th century boating attire and celebrate the long weekend in style. 🌞 🌞 🌞 Pierre-Auguste Renoir, "Luncheon of the Boating Party," (1881) #MDW

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Ai Weiwei recently filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen and its Danish counterpart Skandinavisk for copyright infringement. Ai alleges that the automaker used an installation of his work at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen as a backdrop for one of its car advertisements without his or the museum's permission. ◻️ ◻️ The artwork in question was created for World Refugee Day in 2017. It consists of 3,500 discarded, bright orange life jackets used by migrants who fled persecution and landed in Lesvos, Greece. "The infringing material was circulated to over 200,000 people, giving the false impression that I had authorized Volkswagen to use my artwork," @aiww wrote on Instagram in March. In a series of courtroom photos, Italian artist Gianluca Constantini captured a particularly poignant moment in which Ai spoke out about the vests being symbols of human hope and suffering: "I think it is my responsibility to publicize the problems I encounter...these vests are the most important evidence of how human beings try to survive." ◼️ ◼️ Click the link in bio to read the full report by @zacharyhsmall; image courtesy the artist @channeldraw

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In 2016, an Obama administration initiative announced a historical and symbolic makeover of the $20 bill in which the face of slaveholder Andrew Jackson would be replaced with that of former enslaved woman and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Just yesterday, May 22, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that the Harriet Tubman $20 bill would be postponed until after Donald Trump leaves office—to the year 2026 at the earliest. 💵 💵 When questioned about the matter by Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Mnuchin replied that the decision will likely come from “another secretary down the road.” Click the link in our bio to find out how one artist ( @danowall ) is taking matters into his own hands with an innovative 3D-printed stamp. @tubmanstamp #harriettubman

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At this year’s Venice Biennale, Frida Orupabo, a Nigerian-Norwegian collage artist, presents a series of digital and physical collages assembled with paper pins, exposing different layers as if to almost implore the viewer to reflect on what they themselves are made of... ◻️ 🔹 ◻️ Paper isn’t Orupabo’s only material. Her Instagram ( @nemiepeba) manifests itself as a personal college, combining stills, text, sound and video loops. More than 2000 posts vary among fragments from her private life in Norway, the cultural and political history of Nigeria, and images of book covers or cartoons. ◻️ ◻️ Image: “Untitled” (2018), collage with paper pins mounted on aluminum (📸 by Carl Henrik Tillberg, courtesy the artist & Galerie Nordenhake) #collage #venicebiennale #fridaorupabo

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A longtime YouTube phenomena, urban exploration videos indulge viewers’ morbid curiosity, while offering a vision of American life that’s rarely seen. The practice, which predates the internet, has always been associated with video art and photography, with the community of explorers themselves taunting the mantra: “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.” 🔹 🔹 While many popular videos tend to delve into surreal locations of dreams and nightmares, like abandoned asylums and amusement parks, there’s a growing trend in America toward revealing the mundanity of abandoned suburban homes. In “Abandoned All Belongings and i Don’t Know Why” (2017), an urbexer probes a former home teeming with furniture, paperwork, and plastic. The lives of the one time residents are soon revealed as the camera pans over stacks of canned food, a copy of Stuart Little, and posters of Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, and Barack Obama. 🔹 🔹 Click the link in bio to read @redroomrantings’s full essay on the internet break-in sensations #YouTube #urbexer

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Weekend waking as interpreted by painter Louis Fratino. “Where Picasso felt entitled to his subject’s image (especially if that subject was a woman), Fratino is redeemed by the sheer awe and wonder he expresses on the canvas, of the distance and intimacy that’s shared between painter and model,” writes @gaykatemoss. ◻️ ◻️ Fratino’s solo exhibition “Come Softly to Me” continues @sikkemajenkins for one more week. Click the link in our bio to read our review. ◻️◻️ . . Work pictured: “Yellow Sleeper,” (2019), courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

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In April 1989, Barbara Kruger designed fliers to be distributed during during the Women’s March on Washington. The phrase depicted, “Your Body is a Battleground” became a rallying cry at a time when Roe v. Wade was under threat of being overturned. 🔺🔺🔺 #yourbodyisabattleground

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A multi-decade retrospective of Native artist Edgar Heap of Birds @momaps1 illuminates America’s atrocities against Native people, arguing that much of the violence inflicted on these communities still permeates our culture today. “The Republic was built on violence. No one ever dealt with that violence historically,” Heap of Birds told writer @sheilaregan in an interview. “There’s no Holocaust museum for Native people. We’ve lost 50 million Native people, but there’s no remark about that anywhere in the government.” 🔺 🔺 🔺 “Trail of Tears” (2005), aluminum signs from Heap of Bird’s public art practice. Image courtesy of #edgarheapofbirds. Click the link in our profile to read the full interview.

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Last night at Christie’s Post-War and contemporary evening sale, Jeff Koons was ordained the world’s most expensive artist for the second time after a brief unseating by David Hockney last Fall. ◻️ The stainless steel “Rabbit” (1986) sold for $91 million (with fees) to Steve Mnuchin’s father, art dealer Robert Mnuchin. ◻️ . In a 2015 essay on Koons and the 3-foot-tall steel “icon,” critic Richard Milazzo wrote, “Never was an object more perfectly sterile and yet symptomatic of an age of rampant self-consumption and overproduction that Koons’ ‘Rabbit.’” ◻️ ◻️ . Visit our bio to read the full essay. 📸 Richard Milazzo #jeffkoons

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This week in 1970: Artists organized around the New York Artists’ Strike against Racism, Sexism, Repression, and War. Many made the dramatic gesture of withdrawing their art from museums, asking that their exhibitions be closed indefinitely. ◻️◻️ . Robert Morris closed his Whitney exhibition to underscore the need for unified action within the art community, while Adrian Piper withdrew her art from an exhibition at the New York Cultural Center, stating “I submit its absence as evidence of the inability of art expression to have meaningful existence under conditions other than those of peace, equality, truth, trust and freedom.” ◼️◼️ . Click link in bio to read our 2017 story on the 1970 strike. Images courtesy of @smithsonianarchives #artstrike #protest

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Happy Accidents ➡️ Mistakes . . . Looming deadlines or fear of nuclear crisis got you down? Luckily, there’s 403 episodes of Bob Ross’ “The Joy of Painting” now legally available on YouTube. Visit the link for five must see clips which are sure to bring you lots of light in the darkness, mountain serenity, and happy little clouds ☁️☁️☁️

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Last night, activists staged protests on a subway ride to the Whitney Museum. Occupying the C train from East New York to Chelsea, demonstrators decorated the last car of the train with flowers, balloons, and various banners, including one identifying the train as “The Liberates Train.” The protestors—who have been rallying for months against Whitney board member, Warren Sanders, CEO of the defense manufacturer Safariland—now made gentrification in local Brooklyn communities part of their agenda as they journeyed from Euclid Venue to Chelsea. At the last stop, the demonstrators were met with large police forces, with one protestors placed under arrest. The 2019 Whitney Biennial is set to open next Friday, May 17. Almost 50 participating artists have added their signatures to an open letter calling on the museum to part ways with Kanders. 🔹🔹🔹 . . (📸 @hakimbishara) @decolonizethisplace #whitneymuseum #protest

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In mid-April, @performancespacenewyork hosted “I wanna be with you everywhere” (IWBWYE), a three-day festival “of, by, and for” disabled artists and writers. Though the festival’s press release stated that “disability communities don’t only make art about disability,” the performances communicated something even greater: that disability communities don’t make art about disability in the way non-disabled communities often assume. ◼️ ◼️ Performers included an enviable pool of mostly queer and trans artists with disabilities, like @jerronmarcel (pictured), a principal dancer with cerebral palsy and company member @heidilatskydance.⁣ .⁣ .⁣ (📸 @mengwencao ) ⁣ link in stories ☝🏽 #performanceart #dance #NYCdance

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Martin Puryear, who represents the United States at the 2019 Venice Biennale, emphasizes craft in his larger-than-life sculptures, often adopting symbols of freedom and enslavement. The 77-year-old artist’s installation, titled “Liberty,” translates history into abstracted yet meaning-packed symbols, such as an American Civil War soldier’s cap or a wooden wagon. ◻️ ◻️ ◻️ . All photos by @hragv. #labiennaledivenezia #biennalearte2019 #labiennale #mayyouliveininterestingtimes

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A full-page ad in Friday’s New York Times used some not to positive quotes, including one from Hyperallergic, to promote the sale of Jeff Koons’ “Rabbit” (est. $70M). The auction website suggests that the sale is “a chance to own the controversy.” The adoption of both-siderism suggests that “controversy makes something more interesting and successful.” . #jeffkoons #jeffkoonsrabbit

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Tiananmen Square, 1989: Khiang H. Hei began photographing demonstrations against the Communist-led Chinese government. Soon after, he left China for his own safety, taking with him around 40 rolls of film that he shot of the both in color and black-and-white. Hei’s photographs, on view at the @zimmerliartmuseum through July 28, offer a more intimate, deeply distressing, and crucial view — the government’s attempt to eradicate all manifestations of resistance and hope. . Khiang H. Hei, “Supporting the Next Generation: The supporters of the student protesters arrived by all means of transportation. These three men carrying a boy holding up his fingers in a peace sign travelled to the protest on a tricycle freight wagon” (1989) #tiananmensquare #photography #historyofphotography #protestphotography #politicalart

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Kyle Meyer’s ( @thekylemeyer) massive creations take portraits of Black men donning wax-cloth headwraps traditionally worn by women, and weaves these images with strips of the same fabric. The artworks are hard to discern but glorious to look at; they are simultaneously tapestry, sculpture, photograph, and collage. Works from Kyle Meyer’s “Interwoven” series are presented by @yossimilo at this year’s @154artfair, which continues at Industrial West Village through May 5. Visit our stories to read the full article by @jasmineweber. #friezeweek #154artfair #springfairs

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Inside the Spotlight section of @friezeartfair, is a life size MTA bus filled with straphangers, leaners, and man-spreaders. The hand-painted sculpture, aptly titled “The Bus” (1995), presented by @marlboroughlondon, is the work of American artist Red Grooms. Fairgoers can board the bus to discover an Instagram-friendly microcosmic love letter to New York City. #friezeweek #frieze 📷 by @hakimbishara

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Earlier this month, 120 prominent scholars and critics signed a letter titled “Kanders Must Go” demanding the removal of Warren Kanders as vice chairman on the @whitneymuseum board. Yesterday, the letter was updated to include over 100 new signatures from artists. Among the signatories are 50 artists participating in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. This demand for the removal of Kanders, who owns the defense manufacturing corporation Safariland, comes after weeks of protests lead by activist group Decolonize This Place. 📷 courtesy of @decolonizethisplace

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#MargoHumphrey, “The History of Her Life Written Across Her Face” (1989), lithograph with gold leaf, 30 x 32 inches, Edition of 30, on display in the exhibition From Dürer to Digital and 3-D at #TrentonCityMuseum through April 28. Read Ilene Dube's review on the website.

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Some Thai artists have pioneered a way to repurpose once-religious structures into life-long art projects that are sacred in their own right. The one featured above is called Wat Rong Khun (the White Temple) in Chiang Rai, Thailand. See more of these stunning temples in the article by @amandasilberling on the website!

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@alicjakwade, “ParaPivot” (2019), installation view (image courtesy the #MetropolitanMuseumofArt, photo by Hyla Skopitz). #AlicjaKwade's installation is on view on the rooftop of the @metmuseum through October 27. Read @zacharyhsmall's review on the website.

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As we’re all getting ready for this year’s Venice Biennale … 😂 (image via @temp_projects)

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Writer and artist @josephnechvatal took this photo of post-blaze Notre Dame today.

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@hankwillisthomas “All Power to All People “ (2018) at @theafricacenter (📷 @hragv)

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The 7mm pocket revolver found in the field where van Gogh is believed to have shot himself, will go up for auction in Paris on June 19. Read Sarah Rose Sharp's story on the website. #vangogh #artauction

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This is the first image ever captured of a #blackhole. The #EventHorizonTelescope (a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes) captured an image of the black hole at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. This black hole resides 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5-billion times that of the Sun. (image courtesy nsf.gov)

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Anton Van Dalen, “Evangelical Christian Church” (1983), oil on canvas, 48 x 64 inches (image courtesy #AntonvanDalen and P•P•O•W, New York), on view in the exhibition Anton van Dalen: Junk Kulture @ppowgallery through April 20. Read John Yau's review on the website.

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Comic artist @sjogrenjack presents, Spring Cleaning Bingo for artists! Includes everything from that disgusting kneaded eraser to paper too nice to ever use. #art #bingo #bingoforartists #springcleaning #springcleaningbingo

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🤔😂 // @omgthemet Je veux être seule, Malick Sibidé, 1979, gelatin silver print #iwanttobealone #haterswillsayitsphotoshop #jeveuxetreseule #malicksibide #africanphotography #mali #africanart #malianphotography #darkroomtricks #thankyounext #photographyhistory #historyofphotography #photohistory #blackandwhitephotography #africanstyle #africannightlife #breakups #breakupmemes #themet #themetropolitanmuseumofart #single #singleladies #allthesingleladies

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#MimiGross, “Grand Street Boys” (1963), oil on canvas, 60 x 70.13 inches, on display in the exhibition Mimi Gross: Among Friends, 1958–1963 at #EricFirestoneLoft through April 20 (image courtesy Eric Firestone Loft). Read John Yau's review on the website.

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From tonight’s @decolonizethisplace coalition action at @whitneymuseum’s Warhol exhibition (📷 @hakimbishara) story forthcoming …

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This Jurassic Park poster was made in Ghana, and it’s part of the “African Gaze: Hollywood; Bollywood and Nollywood film posters from Ghana” exhibition at the Brunei Gallery @soasuni in London through March 23. Link to the review by Christine Ro on our profile page.

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👏 This art history take via Twitter is one of the best versions we’ve encountered of the ubiquitous “Distracted Boyfriend” meme. 🤣

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#TomLloyd “Moussakoo” (1968) (image courtesy American Federation of Arts), on view in the exhibition #BlackRefractions: Highlights from the #StudioMuseum in Harlem, which has traveled to Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco ( @moadsf). Read the review by @cultureshockart on the website.

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We are looking for submissions for our weekly 'A View From the Easel' series. Send us a photo of your studio or artist workspace, along with a paragraph describing what we see, to be featured! ---- Please send the following information to aviewfromtheeasel [at] hyperallergic [dot] com: a) A clear photo (600 640 1280 1460 pixels wide) of your workspace, not showing a particular work too prominently, but mainly your work area. Wide-angle photographs are often ideal to show the whole workspace. b) A paragraph describing what we see in the photograph and how it relates to your daily process. Text should not be more than 200 words. No need to mention shows or promote yourself — there will be a link to your website for that. Views are posted periodically, and you will be notified by email as soon as your View is published. You can view past A View from the Easel posts on our website. Photo courtesy of T. David Downs, Pittsburgh, PA.

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Expect the unexpected (and fake news…one of the fair themes) at @springbreakartshow this year. Not everything is what you might expect. Here’s @_graham_wilson_’s room-sized project curated by @luxbyt (📷 @hragv) Watch our IG story from the show posted on our profile page.

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We are giving away 5 pairs of tickets to @laphil's concert-length celebration of Yoko Ono's work and music. Enter the contest on the Hyperallergic website for your chance to win a pair! #giveaway #contest #wintickets #laphil #yokoono

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#JudithLinhares, “Dawn” (2017), oil on linen, 48 x 78 inches (image courtesy @judithlinhares and @ppowgallery), on view in the exhibition Judith Linhares: Hearts on Fire at PPOW through March 6. Read John Yau's review on the website.