Potatoes Aren’t Contraceptives: Links You Need to See

This is an oddly political day, and for that, I apologize. Much to the chagrin of lazy Americans everywhere — but mostly Republicans, heh — the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since 2008. Only 6% of Americans are currently of “unemployed” status. Nearly 248,000 jobs were created last month, too. That’s a lot of jobs. Some would even say that’s close to a quarter-of-a-million jobs. Suddenly it seems like so much more! But then, who wants a “job” job, anyway, when you can spend a month-and-then-some writing while traveling the country on Amtrak? … Read More

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From Collaboration to Theft: What Happens When Art and Advertising Collide

Last week, the Texas Department of Transportation ordered the removal of a new large-scale sculpture designed by contemporary artist Richard Phillips for Playboy Enterprises, on the grounds that Playboy had not solicited a permit for a public advertisement. Titled Playboy Marfa, the work sits along a stretch of US Highway 90 outside of Marfa, Texas, and is comprised of a 1972 Dodge Charger sitting on a plinth next to a giant neon rendering of the Playboy logo. … Read More

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Superstars, Segways, and Santa Claus: A SXSW Photo Odyssey

Every March, Austin, Texas puts its money where its mouth is to back up its self-proclaimed status as the “live music capital of the world.” As the SXSW Music fest takes over the city for four days and nights of nonstop live acts in every venue and location possible, thousands of… Read More

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Down, Set, Hike: Contemporary Art Throws for a Touchdown

Olafur Eliasson. Mel Bochner. Lawrence Weiner. Meet polarizing NFL general manager Jerry Jones and 80,000 screaming football fans. We learned this week that the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium, right in the seat of gun-toting, Good Book-thumping, Friday Night Lights-living country, is launching an art program, and a contemporary one at that. Connecting the general public to 14 contemporary artists of museum quality is an inventive idea, sure, but will it work? Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes points out that abstraction in modern art is having a moment: blockbuster exhibitions this fall include Georgia O’Keeffe abstracts at The Whitney, an Arshile Gorky retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a Kandinsky survey at the Guggenheim, and the typically “safe” SFMoMA presents modern paintings from Clyfford Still’s collection. Judge for yourself whether sea change is a-comin’, after the jump.… Read More

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