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On the curious lack of interest in art in Google’s Art Experiments: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/google-artificial-intelligence-812147
Google Cultural Institute offers a wondrous set of experiments, from "X Degrees" to "Curators Table"—but what does it all mean?
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Some days you focus hard on writing about some complex, weird piece of art... And then some days you end up with this:
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/donald-trump-sylvester-stallone-nea-785726
A wild rumor has it that Rocky actor Sylvester Stallone is under consideration for the top arts role in the incoming administration.
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I'm speaking at this event on Saturday at NYU, with many other good people, organized by Andrew Weiner: "Sense of Emergency: Politics, Aesthetics, Trumpism"
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Some lessons from art history about art under Trump:
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-must-admit-trump-lesson-764063
The shock of Donald Trump’s election is fading, leaving only the horror. We need to reckon with the shock if we are to combat the horror.
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Stephen "Turn on the Hate" Bannon's record on art during his tenure at alt-right news factory Breitbart News:
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/stephen-bannon-breitbart-art-752216
Donald Trump strategist and former Breitbart chairman Stephen Bannon developed an especially nasty style of Breitbart art coverage.
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Another interview, this one with "Books and Arts" on Australian public radio, about the art of the election:
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/us-presidential-election-art/8004330
How have artists responded to the polarising struggle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?
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Here are some thoughts on the legacy of John Berger:
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/the-unfinished-business-of-john-berger-806741
John Berger's classic art criticism is truly eccentric, and it leaves behind unanswered questions—this is what makes it great.
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Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal owes a debt to Andy Warhol's "business art" philosophy, not to mention the art excesses of the era.
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For your amusement and edification, here are the 25 biggest museums on Instagram in 2016:
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/most-instagrammed-museums-2016-768923
Also: the most-used art hashtags, and the year's most popular filters.
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I wrote (and got a lot out of writing) this for the Thanksgiving weekend: 10 Treasures of the Metropolitan Museum to Broaden Your Mind and Lift Your Spirits
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/top-treasures-metropolitan-museum-759059
From the Crown of the Andes to the Damascus Room, the Metropolitan Museum's many treasures remind us of how small our story is.
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Right at the wire: Here's an interview with two artists who spent they year exploring the country in a satirical Trump bus, on what they've learned:
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/artists-satirical-bus-trump-country-740198
David Gleeson and Mary Mihelic bought a Trump campaign bus and turned it to their satirical purposes, and spent a year in Trump Country.
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A round up of aaaaall the art of Election 2016
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/election-art-2016-734828
The nastiness of the Clinton vs. Trump campaign has been reflected in the spirit of the election art it inspired.
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