Author Archives: Robin Cembalest


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Corita Kent, E eye love, 1968, serigraph. PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF THE TANG MUSEUM AT SKIDMORE COLLEGE AND CORITA ART CENTER, LOS ANGELES.

From Black Power to Migrants’ Power

As ’60s activist art enters museums, a new generation is creating an iconography of protest for today Read More


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What I Like About You: Artists to Follow on Instagram

How Laurie Simmons, Ryan McGinness, Kenny Scharf, and others are using the photo-sharing network to disseminate their work—and their fixations Read More


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Everyone’s a critic–or a curator

The duchess, Pompeiians, activists, Oscars, Aaron Swartz, Shepard Fairey and more in links from around the Web Read More


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Yishai Jusidman, Dachau, 2010-­‐12, acrylic on wood, artist's frame.

Painting Auschwitz Blue

Some artists trick the public into perceiving images of the Holocaust anew; others want viewers to “feel” it Read More


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Divya Mehra, Still from On Tragedy (Did you hear the one about the Indian?), 2012.

Remixing Romare Bearden

The Bearden iPad app, your Demuth’s in the mail, Frida threatens to shave, and other links from around the Web (and MTV) Read More


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Roman Vishniac, [Zionist youth building a chool and foundry while learning construction techniques, Werkdorp Nieuwesluis, Wieringermeer, The Netherlands], 1939.

Taking Roman Vishniac Out of the Ghetto

With a trove of images that were unseen, unprinted, and unknown, the ICP creates a new and nuanced portrait of the photographer best known for documenting the vanished world of Eastern European Jewry Read More


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Judgement, 2008
Modified computer game, custom computer

(More) Old Masters of Our Domain

Riffs on the classics, part 2: from Artschwager’s altarpiece to Kanye’s hoodie Read More


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What a Short, Strange Miami Trip It’s Been

Best optical illusion, best cat, and other highlights that linger in the mind and the brain after five days of fair-going Read More


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Antoni Berni, Los emigrantes, Homenaje a Segall, 1956, mixed media on canvas. Courtesy Galería Sur.

Immigrants and Ancestors

A painting by an Argentine son of Italians echoes works by a Lithuanian-born Brazilian and a Spaniard exiled in France Read More


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Frida Kahlo, Una Carta, 1943, watercolor, pen and ink on paper. MARY-ANNE MARTIN.

Snapshots from Miami

Some things we saw at the Basel art fair (and beyond) Read More


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Postcards from Miami

Snapshots from Miami during fair time. Check back this week for updates… Read More


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Tim Hetherington, Kelso, Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, 2008, digital c-print. © TIM HETHERINGTON, COURTESY YOSSI MILO GALLERY, NEW YORK.

The Military Is Present

Using outreach, performance, video, photography, and therapy, artists and museums are devising new ways to connect with veterans—and to bring their stories to a wider audience Read More


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Ralph Steadman. Dodo, 2011. COPYRIGHT 2012 BY RALPH STEADMAN. REPRINTED BY PERMISSION OF BLOOMSBURY.

In a Post-Audubon Era, Things Can Take a Nasty Tern

Ralph Steadman, Walton Ford, and other artists conjure extinct bird species, real and imagined Read More


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Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, The Ozymandias Parade, 1985, mixed media tableau.

What Does Corruption Look Like?

Meet the Kienholz Ozymandias, as clueless as the deluded despot in the famous Shelley sonnet Read More