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WEEKLY EMAIL: AUGUST 25, 2011


Underground Vietnam Military Patches

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JOHN FOSTER

Underground Vietnam Military Patches

Having an appreciation for design, I have long been interested in military patches. This started as a teenager, when friends of mine were drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. Stripes and bars were common, but other patches were somewhat mysterious.
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ADAM HARRISON LEVY

A Clean, Well Lighted Place

Walking into Jeff Koons’s studio is like entering a medical laboratory crossed with an open plan office. It’s a sanitized, technologized and infantilized version of Andy Warhol’s factory. In one room a group of assistants, dressed in medical scrubs and facemasks, bend over the prone forms of his famous Popeye Series sculptures. Powerful medical lights spotlight the scene as the assistants silently scrape away at their surfaces with gleaming metal blades. It’s an ER room for art.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 08.21.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.
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ADRIAN SHAUGHNESSY

The Politics of Desire and Looting

The riots that ripped through English cities during four days in August were more ferocious and catastrophic than similar outbursts in the recent past. They have caused a prolonged and unprecedented bout of soul searching amongst all strands of British society. How could this happen? What caused it? Who is to blame?
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 08.14.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.
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POEM OF THE WEEK

"Ode To My Toaster"

Ode To My Toaster, a poem by Allan Chochinov.
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