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Ivan Albright, the People’s Choice

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Voters in the “Art Everywhere US” promotion—which will put a crowd-sourced selection of 58 images of American artworks on 50,000 billboards, bus shelters, and subway platforms this August—turned thumbs up to Ivan Albright’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (nominated by the Art Institute of Chicago) but thumbs down to Catherine Opie’s Self-Portrait/Cutting (below, nominated by LACMA). OK, I get that the critically praised Opie is edgy and that Marie Cassatt might be more Mr. and Mrs. America’s speed. But Ivan Albright??? Where did that come from?

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