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Mike Wallace by Phillip Lopate
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In advance of the next installment of his extensive history of New York City, Wallace expounds on the pivotal early years of the twentieth century.

Frederick Wiseman by Nicholas Elliott
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“The best comedy is sad comedy.”

Chantal Akerman’s News from Home by Nicholas Elliott
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Above and Below: Gordon Matta-Clark by Lytle Shaw
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The 17th-century townhouses that Gordon Matta-Clark and his friends chipped away at in Conical Intersect (1975) did not collapse immediately—like, say, flimsy clapboard ranch styles built where neighborhood site plans had been rushed and mistaken.

Wendy White by EJ Hauser
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In Chinatown, NYC, where Wendy White lives, new signs go up over outdated signs, new awnings are installed over old ones, graffiti is painted over, windows become walls, additions are built, architecture is modified, buildings disappear … White has become a connoisseur of these visual shifts.

2001 by Sabine Russ
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Sabine Russ maps Wolfgang Staehle’s 2001 onto 2011, tracing the painful and cathartic implications of its memory.

Under Your Bootsoles by Geoffrey Hilsabeck
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A poignant vision of our country from the great American photographer Edward Weston is on view now at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Eve Sussman by Matvei Yankelevich
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Sussman’s remarkable new film, whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir is an sci-fi narrative that constantly re-edits itself. The filmmaker talks to poet Yankelvich about outdated notions of the future, Malevich and Kazakh deserts.

Atlanta: Hip Hop and the South by Richard Maxwell
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Michael Schmelling made a book called Atlanta, a photo book about the Atlanta hip-hop scene. Then Richard Maxwell wrote a review of it.

Luis Molina-Pantin’s Narco-Architecture and its Contributions to the Community by Nick Stillman
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Posing as a real estate photographer, Venezuelan artist Luis Molina-Pantin took photographs of gaudy buildings built with drug money.

Vanessa Place’s La Medusa by Stefanie Sobelle
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Los Angeles is distinctive for its magic hour; that time of day when the sun is teasing the horizon.

Smiljan Radic (en español) by Jose Castillo
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Aunque tenemos amigos en común, Smiljan Radic y yo nunca nos hemos conocido en persona; tampoco hemos hablado por teléfono.

Julie Mehretu by Lawrence Chua
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At the heart of Julie Mehretu’s paintings is a question about the ways in which we construct and live in the world. Perhaps that is what makes the work so radical: its willingness to unravel the conventionally given answers about the violent environment we inhabit today. 

Michael Bell by Andrew Benjamin
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Michael Bell represents a new breed of architectural practitioner, theorist, and professor. 

Tom Slaughter by Jon Robin Baitz
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Tom Slaughter’s paintings have a very specific effect. Like Brazilian music, as in Jobim, or Caetano Veloso, they are instantly pleasing.

At the Moment of Destruction, You Stop to Examine the Wreckage by Laura Migdal

Our love arrived on a platform of the subway station at Grand Army Plaza.

Raimund Abraham by Carlos Brillembourg
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Mitch Epstein’s The City by Marvin Heiferman
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Mitch Epstein’s enigmatic approach to conveying life in New York City gives one “the opportunity to ponder what photography can and cannot reveal about our public lives and our most private selves,” according to reviewer Marvin Heiferman.

Colson Whitehead by Suzan Sheman
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Three Poems by Asher Reich

A winter-haunted sky. / Icicles like stalagmites on the ground.

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