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Kriston Capps
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Kriston Capps is an art critic living in Washington, DC. A former critic for the Washington City Paper, his work appears in the Guardian UK and Dallas Morning News. He is a contributor to a number of art journals (Sculpture), civilian magazines (The American Prospect), and blogs (DCist). His own blog, Grammar.police, has been named one of the top destinations for exhibition reviews and news by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Robert Goldwater Library. For the 2008–09 academic term, he will be teaching a senior colloquium for the graduate art department at the University of Maryland.

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Text for President Bush's Presidential Portrait Changed To Reflect Reality-Based History

Posted January 13, 2009 | 17:12:13 (EST)

Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) dashed off a note to the National Portrait Gallery to raise an objection about the new presidential portrait of George W. Bush, contesting the way that a museum historian had framed the Bush presidency (figuratively speaking). Sen. Sanders objected to a phrase in the...

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Quebec Says Non to Arts Funding Cuts, Stephen Harper

Posted October 20, 2008 | 10:06:57 (EST)

Did Holy Fuck just cost Stephen Harper a majority government?

When a senior government official leaked in August that the Conservatives were slashing $45 million from the budget for arts funding, that official made explicit reference to the Canadian electronic-rock band. In a literal sense, you can only mention...

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Fascist Art? It Takes More Than Typical Design

Posted July 24, 2008 | 17:34:14 (EST)

If you want your wheatpasted poster to last in Berlin, you have to come correct. In a city whose name is synonymous with design at the bleeding edge, an ad campaign needs to show both political and artistic acumen to stand tall. Barack Obama knows that, if the...

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Jesse Helms: The Intimidation of Art and the Art of Intimidation

Posted July 15, 2008 | 15:45:25 (EST)

In 1989, the Corcoran Gallery of Art sensed a crisis in the making. "The Perfect Moment" -- a retrospective of the figure-study, still-life, and sadomasochistic photography of Robert Mapplethorpe -- was rapidly turning into the perfect storm. The show's runs in Philadelphia and Chicago had drawn the ire of Republican...

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