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Featured: Railing Opinion: A Call to Art Critics Real Voices: A Name in lieu of Authority, by Irving Sandler by Tyler Rowland

This is a conceptual text piece “written” by an artist and was penned as a response to Irving Sandler’s “Railing Opinion: A Call to Art Critics” published by the Brooklyn Rail (December 2006/January 2007). …
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Interview with Tom Lawson, Dean of CalArts School of Art

This interview took place the glorious sunny afternoon of October 7, 2006, at the Spain Restaurant in Los Angeles, California, hours before the New York Mets swept the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the National League Division…
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Memoirs of a Gusano: Cuba, Private Property and the Punctum

“Cubans are not going to fight over the last few crumbling homes,” said Nicolas J. Gutiérrez Jr., a 42-year-old Cuban-American lawyer in Miami who represents many business claimants and for himself seeks the return of two…
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On Urban Renewal, Saatchi, and Reterritorialized Markets

An interesting week for visual culture, law, and community formation as elucidated by digital and real-property mediums. The New York Times reported on December 18, 2006, on Charles Saatchi’s ever-popular “Stuart,” his…
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Michael Asher: MoCA Chicago 1979

For this installation, Asher proposed that the two horizontal rows of aluminum panels on either side of and on the same level as the Bergman Gallery windows should be removed from the facade and placed on an interior wall of…
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On Giorgio Agamben’s State of Exception

In this book, Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben (1942- ) tackles the concept known as “state of exception” (“suspension of law”). Agamben is primarily known for his first and most influential book, Homo Sacer: Sovereign…
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The Better Futures of Architecture, by Roberto Mangabeira Unger

The trouble with style in contemporary architecture has three sources. One cause is artistic: the absence of a canonical set of forms sustained by authoritative standards of expression and representation. The second basis…
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