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The Best and Worst Art Shows of 2013 So Far

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It’s hard to say if the art world has done an adequate job of responding to world events lately. 2013 has been marked by a crisis in Mali, a new pope, a marathon bombing, and a giant meteor landing in western Russia, and unless you count this series of dashboard photographs taken by drivers in Chelyabinsk, very few painters, video makers, sculptors, or performance artists have tried to reckon with any of this. It’s enough to make you wonder if the world’s most powerful artists and art institutions aren’t also the most solipsistic. For better or for worse, a lot of the year’s most anticipated exhibitions have been disconnected not only from current events but from history.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. According to the terms of a real estate agreement that’s currently in the works, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will take over the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Marcel Breuer-designed building in 2015, when the Whitney opens its new museum downtown, for a minimum of eight years. [via NYT]

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Exploring the Best ‘Secret’ Gardens in the US

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While over at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, over a dozen cherry trees began to bloom this week and held their blossoms despite the rain (and just in time for Hanami!), we got in the mood to do a little exploring of gardens you may be less familiar with, but which are worth going out of your way for. Some may require a short trip outside the city, others are infrequently open to the public, and still others are open at odd hours for the spring season to let you enjoy their splendor under moonlight. Take a stroll through this slideshow of some of the best hidden gardens in Flavorpill cities.
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What Were the Most Popular Art Exhibitions of 2010?

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Suffice it to say that The Art Newspaper‘s 17th ­annual survey of exhibition attendance ­figures contains a few surprises — namely the fact that a brainy look at the intersection of photography and sculpture beat out Marina Abramović’s buzzed-about retrospective, and not one, but two of the shows in the top 10 feature the work of Japanese master painter, Hasegawa Tohaku. Click through to see which other exhibitions topped the list, and head over to The Art Newspaper for the full breakdown.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Morgan Spurlock, Joss Whedon, Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles, and Stan Lee are collaborating on a documentary that will “follow seven different people from across America, and around the world, as they descend upon the veritable Mecca of fandom and experience the rapture that is Comic-Con.” [via ABC News]
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This Season’s Edgy Art Ticket… Picasso!

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On name recognition alone* — not to mention a prolific career spanning roughly seven decades — Pablo Picasso is arguably the most famous artist throughout history. He is estimated to have produced a staggering 50,000+ artworks, including the auction record-breaking Boy With a Pipe, which once sold for $104 million at Sotheby’s. Picasso has two stand-alone museums dedicated to his legacy (one in Paris, one in his birthplace of Málaga, Spain) and and during his lifetime collaborated with artists and thinkers on the cutting edge of literature, philosophy, dance, painting, theater, and poetry. There’s no denying that Picasso’s star still burns bright, and rightfully so, but what’s with the three — count ’em, three! — major museum exhibitions hitting the East Coast this spring? And how are those aforementioned institutions saving a buck by featuring the… Read More

Interactive Art: Climb Up On It!

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This summer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art invited Brooklyn based artist Roxy Paine to design a site specific installation in The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. In keeping with the garden’s aboreal surroundings, Paine has installed a variation on his classic stainless steel defoliated trees. For the rooftop installation Paine has situated each tree that comprises the small copse sideways, as if blown over by a strong gust of wind. Fittingly, Paine has titled the piece Maelstrom. (The Met’s rooftop bar is also serving a cocktail of the same… Read More