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Whore Cops by Julie Atlas Muz, in the 2005 Art Parade, sponsored by Deitch Projects
Photo by Paul Laster
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by Grant Mandarino

Spring is officially here (even in Michigan) and all the major art magazines are up to speed, jam-packed with goodies on all the latest shows and fads. One recurring topic this month is the proliferation of artist-run "schools"; e.g., the Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU). In the current issue of ArtReview, critic Jonathan T.D. Neil calls this development "the pedagogical impulse" and attributes it to our inclination to colonize "new cultural landscapes and social territories." I call it education art, for lack of a better term, and I think it more intriguing than insidious.