Surrounded by Violence, and Contemplating Its Toll on Us

Surrounded by Violence, and Contemplating Its Toll on Us

To that end, Ms. Weems, 64, has invited luminaries from the visual and performing arts (including MacArthur Foundation “geniuses,” like herself, and several Pulitzer Prize-winners) along with writers, professors and activists, to address violence of all kinds: domestic, political, racist,...
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Art Review: Homage to Mexico: Josef Albers and His Reality-Based Abstraction

Art Review: Homage to Mexico: Josef Albers and His Reality-Based Abstraction

Art rarely thrives in a vacuum. It is by definition polyglot and in flux, buffeted by the movement of art objects, goods and people across borders and among cultures, and also by individual passion. This much, especially the passion part,...
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Art Review: Art Basel Miami Beach, Post-Irma, Is Still Swinging

Art Review: Art Basel Miami Beach, Post-Irma, Is Still Swinging

Among younger talents, I was impressed by a pair of delicate but unsettling paintings on rice paper by the Iranian artist Shahpour Pouyan, at the booth of the Galerie Nathalie Obadia, based in both Paris and Brussels. Mr. Pouyan has...
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Can El Museo’s Leader Build a Bridge to Its Latino Future?

Can El Museo’s Leader Build a Bridge to Its Latino Future?

“It’s a museum that has a very direct connection with Puerto Rico,” Mr. Charpenel said. “But the art world doesn’t come often.” The new director was friendly and enthusiastic during a recent lunch of Mexican and Latin specialties at El...
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Breaking Through Categories and Conventions at BAM

Breaking Through Categories and Conventions at BAM

Muchness is Ms. Bocanegra’s métier. She thrives on immersive research, she accumulates odd facts with a hoarder’s zeal, and she relishes the unexpected discoveries that arise through repetitions. “Whenever I make a piece of art, it’s all hunt and peck...
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Art Review: Naked and Aflame or Considering Death, Munch Rarely Screamed

Art Review: Naked and Aflame or Considering Death, Munch Rarely Screamed

The Met Breuer’s exhibition doesn’t rewrite art history. It’s presented thematically, and it includes just 43 paintings, a substantially smaller cache than the Museum of Modern Art’s Munch retrospective had in 2006, or the Art Institute of Chicago’s ...
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Art Review: Louvre Abu Dhabi, an Arabic-Galactic Wonder, Revises Art History

Art Review: Louvre Abu Dhabi, an Arabic-Galactic Wonder, Revises Art History

After the introductory gallery, the installation moves on in epochal chunks, from “The First Villages” to “The Global Stage” of the 21st century, with religion, trade and politics as driving themes. The route, as laid out, doesn’t offer much in...
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Kehinde Wiley on Painting the Powerless. And a President.

Kehinde Wiley on Painting the Powerless. And a President.

Mr. Wiley explained what an “extraordinary moment” it was to be chosen as an African-American painter to produce a presidential portrait for the National Portrait Gallery. Photo Kehinde Wiley’s “Ship of Fools” (2017). Credit Stephen Friedman Gallery,...
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An Insect’s Colorful Gift, Treasured by Kings and Artists

An Insect’s Colorful Gift, Treasured by Kings and Artists

The exhibition begins with a piece of cloth dating to 300 B.C., its red tint still visible. The dye was used in pre-Hispanic illustrated codices and in the codices produced around the time of the 1521 Spanish Conquest. Spanish chronicles...
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Art Review: David Hockney’s Life in Painting: Spare, Exuberant, Full

Art Review: David Hockney’s Life in Painting: Spare, Exuberant, Full

The earliest paintings indicate Mr. Hockney’s attention to Abstract Expressionism and Bacon’s figurative scrums and his penchant for scatterings of numbers, texts and product labels that presage Pop Art. They culminate in “The Third Love Painting” (196...
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Art Review: Stephen Shore’s MoMA Survey Shows a Restless Reformer as a Master of Photography

Art Review: Stephen Shore’s MoMA Survey Shows a Restless Reformer as a Master of Photography

There were opponents, too of “Uncommon Places,” (1973-1982), the first of his series shot with a larger 8-by-10 apparatus. Statelier and sterner than “American Surfaces,” these photographs translate the thoroughfares of Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Miami...
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