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A Matter of Life and Death: Contemporaneous Criticisms of Caravaggio’s Death of the Virgin

Written by Isabella Mello, edited by Greta Rainbow
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s Death of the Virgin depicts the end of the Virgin Mary’s worldly life. The narrative, from the apocrypha, is ambiguous regarding the specifics of Mary’s physical death, and instead emphasizes the assumption of her soul into heaven.

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Walking Photographs: Lisette Model as Flâneur

Written by Evelyn Goessling, edited by Aimée Tian
As mediators of urban spaces, the flâneur and the photographer do much of the same work. The flâneur is a wanderer and an anonymous explorer of urban spaces. The flâneur originated and thrived both as a literary and real figure in 19th century Paris, where after the Revolution an increase in industrialization, modernization, and commodity production made way for modern bourgeois life.

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The “Authentic” Landscape: Kawase Hasui’s Woodblock Prints and the Longing of Modernity

Written by Erin Sobat, edited by Gabby Marcuzzi Herie
The prolific twentieth-century Japanese woodblock artist, Kawase Hasui (1883–1957), has been criticized for producing overly sentimental, decorative or picturesque landscape prints. Certainly, as part of the Shin-hanga (New Print) revival of traditional ukiyo-e (floating world pictures), Hasui was supported by the commercial appeal of his works both domestically and abroad.

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Listening Publics: Ultra-Red’s Protocols for the Common

Written by Joshua Marquis, edited by Greta Rainbow
“What did you hear?” This question organizes the work of sound-art collective Ultra-Red, a group that works internationally, employing what they term “militant sound investigation,” in their practice with activist groups, organizers and organizations, cultural workers and communities, or the “politically inconvenient.”

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The Body Athletic: Art, Architecture and Sport Culture in Early Byzantine Constantinople

Written by Anthony Portulese, edited by Miray Eroglu
Athleticism carried immense social popularity throughout the ancient world. For centuries, Athens and Rome orchestrated and held public sporting competitions for the enjoyment of its denizens.

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Black Out Day: Selfies as Online Activism

Written by Ely DeSandoli, edited by Ben Demers & Aimée Tian
Selfies have become as commonplace as the technologies we use to produce them thanks to the increased ubiquity of smartphones. Selfies, despite what many believe, are not just individual projections of millennial narcissism; they offer the opportunity to represent collective as well as personal identities.

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L’infiniment Petit and Monstrous Social Anxieties: Envisioning Disease in Fin de Siècle Culture Through the Eyes of Odilon Redon

Written by Elena Lin, edited by Catherine LaMendola
Post-war trauma, social instability, epidemic diseases, and scientific discourses characterized the end of the nineteenth century in France; an era fraught with social unrest. A preoccupation with infectious disease and physiognomic pathology in the literary and visual arts reflected the social anxieties of the time.

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Between Memory and Progress: Negotiating Infrastructure and Innovation in The Nottingham Contemporary Building

Written by Erika Kindsfather, edited by Madeleine Cruickshank
In 2004, after their success in winning the architectural design contest posed by the Nottingham City Council, the architecture firm Caruso St. John, consisting of architects Adam Caruso and Peter St. John, began the project of building a contemporary art center in the British city of Nottingham called the Nottingham Contemporary.

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Jeff Koons et le Marché

Written by Louise Kronenberger, edited by Muhan Zhang
Après le boom économique Seconde Guerre Mondiale, l’industrialisation dans certains pays, et notamment les Etats-Unis, s’est accélérée dans les années 60. Ceci a engendré une expansion fulgurante de la production de biens de consommation, ainsi que l’essor de la publicité et le domaine du divertissement.

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