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If anyone deserves to be angry, Spike Lee does. And circa 2018, Lee should be his angriest yet, in the wake of Trump, and Charlottesville, Charleston, Philando Castile and any number of recent indignities and endless signs that America is backsliding into the Mississippi mire. And yet Lee is in a conciliatory and healing mood…

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Over the past two decades, the need for authenticity has become a visual battleground for New Orleans. The city’s tourism industry, while not inherently evil, reliably churns out pigeonhole iconographies that incidentally contribute to a plague of Airbnb pockets that eat away at local residential districts – the sites of genuine cultural generation. You can…

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The tagline of Gus Van Sant’s new film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot promises a film about “the healing power of art.” But rather than an exegesis on transformative creativity, Don’t Worry is a gooey, sentimental and highly conventional therapeutic road to wellness. Based on the autobiography of countercultural Portland cartoonist John…

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From the outside, the studio of Athens artist Carol John is a nondescript, monotone brick building whose ordinariness belies what’s behind its metal doors. Her space is flooded with natural light from skylights that highlights small and large canvases filled with swirling forms, bubbles, pop graphics, bursting flowers, and, most of all, saturated color. I sat…

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Atlanta arts non-profit MINT underwent several changes after leaving its location on North Highland in 2016, operating out of a temporary exhibition space in Downtown’s Flatiron Building that fall and announcing the resignation of creative director Candice Greathouse the following February. Originally founded by Erica Jamison in 2006 as an outgrowth of a community-based media…

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As if having a baby wasn’t hard enough, working women who are or plan to become pregnant are often put in the inexcusable position of having to defend their ability to create a family and still perform as professionals. Like the #metoo takedown of Artforum publisher Knight Landesman, the recent reports of MoMA PS1 rescinding…

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