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Aaron McNamee, Complete Year Times–Picayune (August 3, 2010–August 2, 2011), 2011*, newspaper, glue, twelve panels, each 66 x 9 x 1 1/2". From the series “Complete Year Times-Picayune,” 2009–12.

Aaron McNamee

Heriard-Cimino Gallery

Aaron McNamee, Complete Year Times–Picayune (August 3, 2010–August 2, 2011), 2011*, newspaper, glue, twelve panels, each 66 x 9 x 1 1/2". From the series “Complete Year Times-Picayune,” 2009–12.

Following Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill, and a murder epidemic described by the city’s mayor as nothing less than “unnatural,” New Orleans lays claim to another tragedy—one that has been afforded comparatively little national attention. In late May, it was announced that the Times-Picayune, the region’s venerable newspaper, would be reduced to a thrice-weekly print run. The stunning cutback has earned New Orleans a new ignominy: It will be the largest American city without a daily paper. Among the countless readers whom this impacts is Aaron McNamee, a New Orleans–based artist who used the Times-Picayune as the foundation of his 2009–12 series that bears the paper’s name—his most prominent body of work to date. To make each piece, McNamee glues together a complete year’s worth of the daily’s pages, ordered chronologically. The most recent version took form as twelve

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