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A weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world with host Hrag Vartanian, cofounder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic.

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Understanding Why a Harvard Museum Will Return Standing Bear’s Tomahawk

July 21st, 2021


Something incredible happened a few months ago. After Oklahoma lawyer Brett Chapman (Pawnee) started tweeting about the tomahawk of Ponca Chief Standing Bear, which is currently in Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of …

Audrey Flack and the Last of the New York School

July 16th, 2021


A painter who may be best known for her contribution to the Photorealism movement, Audrey Flack has been a working artist for roughly 70 years. Now at age 90, Flack reflects on the art world, from her days as part of …

Collector Tim Kang Talks About His Love of NFTs

May 31st, 2021


Tim Kang started his career as a software engineer for Deutsche Bank and invested a year of savings in Ethereum in early 2016, and let’s just say …

Creative Time’s Diya Vij Helps Launch an Art World Think Tank

May 11th, 2021


Diya Vij started her new job as Associate Curator of Creative Time just last fall, in the midst of the pandemic. She has since announced the first Creative Time Think Tank cohort, which includes La Tanya S. Autry, …

After Decades of Selling New Media Art, Gallerist Steven Sacks Offers His Take on NFTs

March 30th, 2021


Since 2001, Bitforms gallerist Steven Sacks has been exhibiting and selling digital art (though he hates that term) and building an audience and support network for artists working with new media.

After Sara Ludy, one of …

Lindsay Howard Talks About the Burgeoning Market for NFTs

March 9th, 2021


Lindsay Howard is the head of community at the Foundation, one of the new platforms that have been part of the current wave of NFT art. She joined me in our Brooklyn studio to discuss the audience for crypto art and the …

The World of NFTs, Explained by Digital Artist Addie Wagenknecht

March 2nd, 2021


Contemporary artist Addie Wagenknecht is a veteran of the blockchain space — as much of a seasoned pro as one can be in a field that’s only a decade …

A Photographer Documents Post-war Artsakh

February 27th, 2021


Photographer Scout Tufankjian was glued to her screens like Armenians around the world following news of developments in Artsakh. After the ceasefire …

MoMA’s Leon Black Problem and Cuban Artists Under Siege

February 8th, 2021


This week’s headlines were dominated by news that the Museum of Modern Art will not remove billionaire Leon Black from their board. Hyperallergic’s Jasmine Weber and Valentina Di Liscia join me to talk about it along …

The Biggest Art Stories of the Month, From Bernie Memes to the Vessel Shutdown

January 29th, 2021


It’s been a non-stop news cycle since last November’s election, and Hyperallergic’s news team has been on it. Join us and listen to the team’s thoughts on the stories we've been reporting on.

For this episode, we gather …

From Graffiti to the Gallery, Futura Talks About Art

December 18th, 2020


Born Leonard McGure, Futura made his reputation spray painting subway trains in New York City in the 1970s as “Futura 2000” — the number was dropped …

Artist Shahzia Sikander Is Ready for a New Post-Pandemic Reality

December 16th, 2020


Since she first emerged into the spotlight in the 1990s, artist Shahzia Sikander has forged her own path with artworks that meld traditional manuscript illumination and calligraphy techniques with visual innovations …

John Yau, Jillian Steinhauer, and Others at Hyperallergic's First-ever Public Reading

November 27th, 2020


On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, Hyperallergic hosted our first-ever live reading event, which took place at Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. Hyperallergic Weekend Editors John Yau and Albert …

On Election Day, Reflecting on Months of Political Arts Reporting

November 3rd, 2020


We can’t believe it’s been four years since the 2016 US Election, and here we are again. I’m joined this episode by the Hyperallergic news team — news editor Jasmine Weber, and reporters Valentina Di Liscia and Hakim …

Where Did the Deepfakes Go?

October 25th, 2020


For months, media specialists, pundits, and analysts were warning us to brace for an onslaught of memes and other forms of propaganda that would …

Sam Durant Revisits the “Scaffold” Controversy Three Years Later

October 23rd, 2020


A few weeks ago, artist Sam Durant released a long essay about his work, "Scaffold," which reflects on the project that dominated art world …

National Gallery of Art Director Discusses the Decision to Delay the Philip Guston Exhibition

October 2nd, 2020


Last week, the New York Times reported that the National Gallery of Art's Philip Guston retrospective, expected to travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Tate Modern in London, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, …

Amin Husain and Nitasha Dhillon on Working to Decolonize the Art World (Part 2)

September 25th, 2020


I’ve been wanting to do a major interview with Amin Husain and Nitasha Dhillon for years. As the duo behind MTL+ Collective and organizers with

Amin Husain and Nitasha Dhillon on Working to Decolonize the Art World (Part 1)

September 25th, 2020


I’ve been wanting to do a major interview with Amin Husain and Nitasha Dhillon for years. As the duo behind MTL+ Collective and organizers with

The Artistic World of the Taíno People

September 9th, 2020


The Taino civilization was decimated by Christopher Columbus and other European explorers during first contact, but the legacy of these people, who …

Why Did the Whitney Museum Cancel a Political Art Exhibition?

August 27th, 2020


Reporters Valentina Di Liscia and Hakim Bishara join me to discuss the Whitney Museum’s decision to cancel the exhibition Collective Actions: Artist …

Why Does TikTok Bother the Powerful So Much?

August 19th, 2020


The recent news that the White House may ban the social media platform TikTok has people wondering, why? While Silicon Valley social giants, like Twitter and Facebook, have avoided similar threats, the question remains …

Why Would a Museum Display Skulls of Enslaved People in the First Place?

July 30th, 2020


Recently, Hyperallergic reported that the Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania will be removing a cranial collection from display in a …

Should Blue Chip Art Galleries Have Received Millions of Dollars of PPP Loans?

July 16th, 2020


Hyperallergic news editor Jasmine Weber and reporter Valentina Di Liscia joined me to parse the latest PPP loan news and discuss the list of beneficiaries.

Previously, we reported on galleries, museums, and nonprofits in

Christopher Knight: The Critic Whose Love for LA Uplifted Its Arts Community

June 19th, 2020


In his current position as art critic at the Los Angeles Times, Christopher Knight has been speaking truth to power for almost four decades. He charted the contemporary art waters in a city that has since become one of …

The Monumental Impact of Black Lives Matter Protests

June 12th, 2020


This week, I talk to Hyperallergic news editor Jasmine Weber, and reporters Hakim Bishara and Valentina di Liscia, to discuss some of the major …

Our Obsession With Less and Its Co-option by Silicon Valley

May 30th, 2020


In this episode for Sunday Edition, we welcome Kyle Chayka to examine Silicon Valley’s taste for minimalist design. Is this just the latest development for a style that has a long history but only emerged into pop …

How the US Is Treating the Arts During the Pandemic, the #CancelRent Movement

May 20th, 2020


The best news team in art gathers for another conversation about the biggest stories facing the arts community. News editor Jasmine Weber, and …

Art Critic John Yau Talks About Four Decades of Writing in New York

May 15th, 2020


Few critics are like John Yau, who, for decades, has continued to engage with contemporary art with a voracious appetite, often focusing on figures ignored by the art market and mainstream institutions that chase after …

How Are the Arts in LA, the US Southwest, and Beyond Weathering the Pandemic?

April 29th, 2020


News about new museum layoffs and other problems, art galleries closures, and the cancellation of the Indian Market in Santa Fe are all part of this week's episode with Hyperallergic’s news editor Jasmine Weber, LA …

What's Up With Museum Layoffs, Union Problems, and Untouchable Endowments?

April 16th, 2020


This episode, in our ongoing series tracking the impact of COVID-19 on the art community, I talk to the Hyperallergic news team (Jasmine Weber, Valentina Di Liscia, and Hakim Bishara) about the latest Pandemic-related …

The Boom in Online Exhibitions During the Pandemic

April 9th, 2020


This week, we give you a two-part conversation about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the arts community. First, we start with our news team, editor Jasmine Weber, and reporters Valentina Di Liscia and Hakim …

The Pandemic’s Effects on Museums and Art Schools

April 1st, 2020


Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise across the US and much of the world,  so Hyperallergic's news team gathered together for week 3 of our special …

From Rome to NYC, Audio Dispatches on COVID-19 and the Arts

March 25th, 2020


Another week of unprecedented COVID-19 news dominates the headlines as the United States, and New York specifically, has slowly become one of the epicenters of a global pandemic.

The Hyperallergic news team, including …

What’s the Impact of COVID-19 on the Art Community?

March 18th, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life all around the world, whether it is in San Francisco, where inhabitants are forced to stay indoors by a …

Connecting Modern Art Museums, Colonialism, and Violence

March 11th, 2020


Ariella Azoulay's new book Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism (Verso, 2019) is an important read on the topic of museums, colonialism, and …

What Artists Need to Know About Taxes

February 28th, 2020


Taxes may be one of the most unpopular topics in art circles, but we all have to deal with them. So in this episode I speak to Hannah Cole from

Hyperallergic Picks Their Favorite Holiday Movie Classics

December 25th, 2019


It’s the holidays and you can’t get away from them. Some classic films have come to represent the season in the popular imagination, and we all have …

Zoë Buckman Is No One's Punching Bag

December 9th, 2019


Artist Zoë Buckman is a feminist, which permeates her work and life, and her art explores the world of contemporary art with a particular sensitivity …

Hyperallergic's Film Buffs Discuss 2019's Best Films, from Parasite to Avengers

November 27th, 2019


Hyperallergic Reviews editor Dessane Lopez Cassell and Documentary associate editor Dan Schindel join me to discuss our favorite films from 2019.

We …

The Realities Facing Art Schools Today: A Conversation With RISD President Rosanne Somerson

November 20th, 2019


The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) was founded by women over a century ago, and it continues to be one of the leading art schools in the United …

The Relationship Between Art and Law Since the 1960s

November 11th, 2019


Joan Kee is the rare combination of art historian and lawyer, and she's shared her skills in her new book, Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post-Sixties America, which examines the legal issues major contemporary …

Women’s Central Role in Lebanon's Modern Art World

November 4th, 2019


Born in 1923 in Pennsylvania to Lebanese parents, Helen Khal would go on to become an important presence in the modern art world of Lebanon as a …

After Kanders: Critics, Reporters, and Editors Reflect on the 2019 Whitney Tear Gas Biennial

October 7th, 2019


From nine weeks of protests to an exhibition that was more ethnically and racially diverse than previous years, this year’s Whitney Biennial has a lot to unpack.

I asked our associate news editor Jasmine Weber, editor …

The Story Behind Our Art Handlers Exposé

September 12th, 2019


Last week, Hyperallergic published a five-part series, titled The Danger Epidemic in Art Handling, on the realities facing art handlers in the United States. The story generated a lot of debate and shocked many who were …

The History, Context, and Legacy of an Ancient Plate by the Maya

September 3rd, 2019


On the first floor of the Gardiner Museum, in the Art of the Americas gallery, there is a large Maya plate dating to the 6th to 7th centuries CE. It features a large deity in the center of the orange and black …

Joseph Pierce on Why Academics Must Decolonize Queerness

August 9th, 2019


Joseph Pierce wants you to question everything, but especially queerness.

The Cherokee citizen and Stony Brook University assistant professor believes the moment has come for queer academia to seriously question the …

The Largely Unknown History of Blackface in Canada

August 7th, 2019


There's a curious collection of 18th-century porcelain figurines displayed on the second floor of the Gardiner Museum. Set amidst an impressive …

Shary Boyle's Exploration of the Fantastic and Political Lives of Clay

July 23rd, 2019


Canadian artist Shary Boyle is known for her incredible ability to transform clay and ceramic into feats of delicate wonder, using the human body and the history of the material to delve into the undercurrents and …

Kent Monkman’s Mission to Decenter the Colonial Museum

July 9th, 2019


Most of our earliest experiences of art are forged at museums. In this episode artist Kent Monkman recounts his own youth visiting institutions that didn’t reflect the lived reality around him and his Cree community in …

The Unapologetic Queerness of Nayland Blake

June 17th, 2019


During this special Pride Month, I knew we'd all need the wisdom of artist Nayland Blake, who is a leader in the field of queer representation and art, but that is one of his many talents as an artist, activist, …

Talking Digital Colonialism with Morehshin Allahyari

June 11th, 2019


Morehshin Allahyari has been capturing the imagination of art lovers the world over since her Material Speculation: ISIS series from 2015-16 …

Decolonizing the Color of Queerness

June 10th, 2019


What is June, really? It's a time for the LGBTQ community to come together and reflect on the ongoing fight for equality, even as we honor the hard-won achievements by queer activists past and present. It's also an …

Discussing the Future of Design and Tech with Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator at MoMA

June 9th, 2019


Paola Antonelli is the Museum of Modern Art’s Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture & Design, as well as the institution’s Director of …

The Los Angeles Art Landscape, Through the Lens of Our Writers

May 31st, 2019


Last year, editor Elisa Wouk Almino relocated from Hyperallergic’s New York-based office to Los Angeles to help expand coverage along the West Coast. In this podcast, she chats with Editor-in-Chief Hrag Vartanian about …

Michael Rakowitz Discusses Withdrawing from the 2019 Whitney Biennial, and His Leonard Cohen Problem

May 17th, 2019


When news that Michael Rakowitz withdrew from the 2019 Whitney Biennial was published by the New York Times on February 25, people wondered why the Iraqi-American artist decided to sit out the biannual art event.

Later, …

What Should Artists Do With Their Work After They Die?

April 17th, 2019


The business of artists's estates is becoming a big business, but the realities facing artists today aren't always as glamorous as some might think. …

Tapping into the Art World's Potential to Making Us Feel Empowered

April 15th, 2019


A business and financial literacy conference, the Art World Conference is gathering together 50 speakers for panel discussions, conversations, and in-depth workshops addressing many of the challenges faced by visual …

An Artist Works to Break Down the Walls Between a College and Its Community

March 31st, 2019


What if artists were invited into institutions of higher learning to lead conversations about safety, community, and change?

Artist Shaun Leonardo was invited to be the visiting fellow at the Pratt Institute in …

A Museum Hires a Full-time Therapist

March 22nd, 2019


In Canada, an incredible new program allows doctors to prescribe museum visits to their patients. Hyperallergic's Zachary Small visited the Montreal …

Discussing Modern and Contemporary Art of the Middle East with Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

March 7th, 2019


He launched into the screens of the internet savvy almost a decade ago, as a lively and unconventional Twitter commentator about the Arab Spring, but …

Traveling Through the Uyghur Homeland with Lisa Ross

February 28th, 2019


In 2002, artist Lisa Ross found herself in China. She decided to venture to the far western regions of the country, which she heard were home to a …

Hyperallergic Editors Reflect on Warhol’s Superbowl Commercial, MoMA Expansion, and More

February 15th, 2019


It was a snowy week in Brooklyn, so some of us decided to gather in the podcast studio to talk about the world of art, giving you a small window into the conversations that happen in our office every day.

Hyperallergic …

Discussing the Sculptures of Richard Serra with Hal Foster

January 24th, 2019


There are many illuminating moment’s in Hal Foster’s Conversations about Sculpture (Yale University Press, 2018) with Richard Serra, including the …

The Political Life of Memes with An Xiao Mina

January 10th, 2019


Memes are the street art of the social web, and they are becoming more central to the political and cultural conversations we have. In her new book, …

Lowery Stokes Sims and Chloë Bass Talk Empathy, Art, and Education

December 7th, 2018


Last year, we invited artist, writer, and Queens College professor Chloë Bassto talk with curator, art historian, and museum veteran Lowery Stokes …

Didier William on Painting a Revolution

November 30th, 2018


It’s rare for an artist to have two concurrent solo shows in the same city, but Didier William accomplished that with his Curtains, Stages, and …

Antwaun Sargent on Black Contemporary Art

November 15th, 2018


Sir Sargent, as he’s known on social media, represents a new wave of art writers and critics focused on Black contemporary art and its evolving role …

Carleton Watkins and Photography’s Romance with the American West

November 9th, 2018


Tyler Green may be best known as the journalist and art writer behind the Modern Art Notes podcast, but for the last six years, he’s also been working on a major book about a photographer who helped establish the …

The Book Object as Exhibition, an Interview with Dayanita Singh

November 1st, 2018


Artist Dayanita Singh wasn’t happy taking photographs in the traditional way, preferring to create what she calls “book objects,” mini-exhibitions to showcase her work. Singh  plays with the conventional language of …

The Artist as Lawyer, an Interview with Sergio Sarmiento about Art Law

October 25th, 2018


The world of art has become more complicated as copyright, appropriation, and other issues force artists, dealers, collectors, and others to turn to …

Linda Nochlin Explores the Role of Women in the Arts in a Previously Unaired Interview

October 12th, 2018


On October 29, 2017, the world lost its first feminist art historian. That title, of course, describes Linda Nochlin, a leading academic who changed the world of art after she published her important essay, “Why Have …

YO, Deborah Kass!

October 4th, 2018


After decades in the art world, Deborah Kass has a hit. A major one. The type of beloved public artwork that you see endlessly on your social feeds, and brings a smile to your face whenever you encounter it. I'm talking …

How the #MeToo Movement Has Impacted the Performing Arts

September 27th, 2018


September has become the #MeToo movement’s defining month. Bill Cosby recently received a sentence of 3 to 10 years in prison for the drugging and …

What Does a Black Radical Art Education Look Like?

September 20th, 2018


Faced with the ubiquity of white supremacy in US culture, some are seeking new, radical ways to shift the conversation to center Black consciousness …

What the Hell Are McMansions and Why Do They Exist?

September 13th, 2018


McMansions are the houses many of us love to hate. They're big, gaudy, and often they're accumulations of traditionally mismatched architectural …

The Rebel Women of 19th-Century New York

September 6th, 2018


The stories of trailblazing women continue to inspire but many of these figures, who occur throughout history, have been written out of the history books or relegated to accounts of their time and ignored by historians. …

Is the Art World Ready for the Sanctuary Movement?

August 30th, 2018


This week's we talk to Abou Farman, artist and anthropologist at the New School, and Raquel de Anda, director of public engagement at No Longer …

Who Was Artist David Wojnarowicz?

August 24th, 2018


Last month, a dozen activists gathered at the Whitney Museum of Art to condemn the institution's lack of modern context about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in relation to Wojnarowicz's artwork. Their action was noticed by the …

The State of the Union at the Museum of Modern Art

August 10th, 2018


This past Monday, over a hundred members of UAW Local 2110, the largest of the Museum of Modern Art’s five unions, staged a walkout just days before negotiations were set to resume. The union members, who are employed …

Hearing from the Artist Behind Anonymous Was a Woman

August 2nd, 2018


We talk to Susan Unterberg, the person behind the mysterious Anonymous Was a Woman foundation that gives $25,000 — no strings attached — to female artists over 40. And then we talk about a boxing exhibition at the …

How Contemporary Female Artists Are Grappling with Sexual Violence in Their Work

July 27th, 2018


Curator Monika Fabijanska talks about her The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women's Art in the US exhibition, and arts …

The Birth of the Dumpling Emoji

July 20th, 2018


In our inaugural episode, we discuss the top art news headlines from the week, including how New Yorkers can use their library cards to visit 33 of …

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker on the Power of Art, Inequality, and Detroit

November 9th, 2017


Hyperallergic's editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian talks to Ford Foundation President Darren Walker about the public's interest in scrutinizing institutional authority, Walker's own love of art, and the renovations at the …

Egyptian Surrealism and the Quest to Define Modern Egyptian Art

January 5th, 2017


Hyperallergic travels to Cairo to see one of the new wave of exhibitions that are reintroducing Egyptian modern art, particularly related to the Art …

Marilyn Minter and Xaviera Simmons Talk Art, Sex, and American Democracy

December 22nd, 2016


Artists Marilyn Minter and Xaviera Simmons both have solo shows up in New York this month. We invited them to chat with Hyperallergic's …

A Conversation with Mega-collector Don Rubell

December 9th, 2016


Hyperallergic's Editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian speaks to mega-collector Don Rubell of the Rubell Family Collection about decades of collecting and …

The Roles of Art and Artists at the Pipeline Protests in North Dakota

December 3rd, 2016


In the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Stadning Rock, North Dakota, there is a prominent art tent area. Dozens of artists and volunteers are silkscreening and …

Artists Rebecca Nagle and Graci Horne Help Women Confront Sexual Violence at Standing Rock

December 2nd, 2016


Native American women grapple with the highest rates of sexual violence in the United States and two Native American artists, Rebecca Nagle and Graci …

A Report from Standing Rock, Where Artists Listen, Learn, Inspire, and Heal

November 30th, 2016


Hyperallergic traveled to Oceti Sekowin Camp at Standing Rock, where thousands of water protectors and their allies are trying to stop …

Curator and Art Historian Kellie Jones

October 18th, 2016


Curator and art historian Kellie Jones is the guest for our latest episode. A 2016 McArthur Fellow, Jones is a lifelong New Yorker and an associate …

Brazil's Inhotim and the Legacy of Tropicália

October 10th, 2016


The impeachment of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and the current economic crisis will have a long-lasting impact on the country, including on one …

Women of Abstract Expressionism

July 25th, 2016


Why were women excluded from the art movement that has come to represent some of the best of 20th century American art? The answer may be rather complicated and Hyperallergic’s editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian interviews …

Hank WIllis Thomas and Eric Gottesman on For Freedoms Super PAC

June 6th, 2016


In the third episode of the Hyperallergic Podcast, we talk to artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman about the For Freedoms Super PAC, which promises to shake things up during the 2016 US Presidential election by …

Tania Bruguera, Mariam Ghani, Queens International

May 30th, 2016


Our second podcast focuses on New York's borough of Queens, which is becoming a growing hub of artistic activity in the city. We talk to Tania Bruguera about her Immigrant Movement International project in Queens and …

Marrakech Biennial 6

May 4th, 2016


Our inaugural podcast sends our editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian to Morocco to visit the 6th Marrakech Biennial curated by Reem Fadda. There are interviews with the curator and artists Haig Aivazian (Lebanon) and Dineo …

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