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The Whitney’s Then-and-Now Project Portrays a Changing City
New York, Today

The museum has paired its paintings of street scenes with photos of the same spots today.

A Many-Splendored Self-Portrait of the Artist
Arts, Yesterday

Looking at his identity not as ramparts to defend but as curious paths to explore, René Treviño creates a survey-as-party and invites all the aspects of himself.

A Mural That Honors Black Performers at Rest
Interactive, Yesterday

In Los Angeles, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi has taken over the Hammer Museum’s lobby with paintings of larger-than-life gymnasts who refuse to pose.

Orlando Museum of Art Gets a Gift With Strings and Tries to Cut Them
Arts, Yesterday

The museum has asked a Florida court to modify restrictions on a donor’s bequest amid a financial crisis in the wake of its failed, “fake” Basquiat show.

5 Takeaways From the Spring Art Auctions
Culture, May 19

Results from a week of sales tell a story of a masterpiece market come down to earth, the cooling of young art stars — and a hack that seemed to end on Sunday.

The Night That Sotheby’s Was Crypto-Punked
Sunday Business, May 18

The auction that was supposed to be an art world coming-out party for NFTs instead exposed the instability at the heart of the crypto world.

Inside an Art Auction at Christie’s, Days After a Cyberattack
Video, May 17

Although a cyberattack hobbled its website, the auction house Christie’s held two major sales, totaling $115 million, on Tuesday night. Zachary Small, a New York Times reporter who writes about the art world’s relationship to money, politics and t...

Now One Fast Train From Tokyo: Culture, Crafts and Hot Springs
Travel, May 17

A new high-speed train stop unlocks Kaga, a destination for onsen, nourishing food and traditional crafts, as an easy-to-reach getaway from Japan’s capital.

Charles Gaines, By the Numbers
T Style, May 16

The artist on his new work at the Freedom Monument Sculpture Park in Alabama, the development of his practice and taking drum lessons from Jimmie Smith.

Dancing Past the Venus de Milo
Foreign, May 16

The Louvre is joining in the celebration for the Olympics by opening up for dance and exercise classes early in the morning. Tickets sold out in a flash.

Chantal Joffe Paints Moments of Motherhood and Grief
T Style, May 16

Plus: silk lounge sets, a San Francisco film festival and more recommendations from T Magazine.

36 Hours on Minorca
Interactive, May 16

This slow-paced Spanish island offers a quieter and wilder retreat than its more touristy neighbors.

Yves Klein’s Leap Into the Blue (With Living Paintbrushes)
Weekend, May 16

A gallery shows works with roots in performance art, and a film that documents their creation.

After Making Altars to Her Icons, an Artist Builds Her Own Legacy
Weekend, May 16

A powerful and overdue exhibition at El Museo del Barrio links Amalia Mesa-Bains’s genre-defying installations for the first time.

Jenny Holzer Shines New Light in Dark Places
Weekend, May 16

Her signboards predated by a decade the news “crawl.” At the Guggenheim she is still bending the curve: Just read the art, is the message.

Mary Cassatt’s Women Didn’t Sit Pretty
Arts & Leisure, May 16

The American painter depicted women caring for children, not posing for the male gaze. New exhibitions and books reappraise her legacy 100 years later.

Kara Walker’s Favorite Literary Villain Is Scarlett O’Hara
Book Review, May 16

Audiobooks have let the artist “stay invested in stories while working with my hands.” Her new project: illustrating Jamaica Kincaid’s “An Encyclopedia of Gardening for Colored Children.”

Muy rojo, muy vampírica, muy sexy: breve historia de retratos reales controversiales
En español, May 15

El retrato del rey Carlos III pintado por Jonathan Yeo ha suscitado admiración y desconcierto, pero no es el primer retrato real que divide opiniones.

Katherine Porter, Painter of Intuitive Expressionism, Dies at 82
Obits, May 15

Her palette was entirely personal, making contact with the natural world just long enough to spirit viewers back into her own psychology.

Too Red, Too Vampiric, Too Sexy: A Brief History of Polarizing Royal Portraits
Foreign, May 15

Jonathan Yeo’s painting of King Charles III has prompted both admiration and bemusement, but it’s far from the first royal portrait to divide opinion.

A Shock of Red for a Royal Portrait
Style, May 15

A new portrait of King Charles III is bathed in symbolism.

Why We’re All Living in Matthew Barney’s Sticky, Slimy World
T Style, May 15

Five trends the artist has spawned, from men baring it all to waterfalls of ooze.

Despite a Hack, the Show Goes On at Christie’s
Culture, May 15

Although a cyberattack hobbled its website, the auction house held two major sales, totaling $115 million, on Tuesday night. One expert praised the evening’s “really respectable sales in a difficult environment.”

King Charles III Unveils First Official Painted Portrait Since Coronation
Express, May 15

The king, who was diagnosed with cancer in February but has since returned to public duties, unveiled the striking painting by Jonathan Yeo at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

An Artist Whose Knits Are an Antidote to Loneliness
T Style, May 14

Patrick Carroll began making textiles during lockdown. Last year, several of them appeared at a JW Anderson runway show.

Art World Luminaries Party Upstate With Julianne Moore, Chloë Sevigny and Roger Goodell
Styles, May 13

A springtime benefit and 50th anniversary celebration at Dia Beacon in New York’s Hudson Valley brought together an array of cultural figures.

How to Navigate London’s Wondrous (and Very Big) V&A Museum
Travel, May 13

Paintings, ceramics, photography, fashion, furniture and more: The Victoria and Albert Museum is a treasure trove of art and design. Here’s one besotted visitor’s plan for taking it all in.

¿Dónde posó la ‘Mona Lisa’? Tal vez en Lecco
En español, May 12

Esta idílica ciudad de Italia, a orillas del Lago Como, sería el escenario donde fue retratado el enigmático personaje de Leonardo da Vinci.

Art Market Seeks Its Footing After Stumbling Sales and a Hack at Christie’s
Culture, May 12

Declining sales and a cyberattack ignite new worries at spring art auctions.

Hobbled by Cyberattack, Christie’s Says Marquee Sales Will Proceed
Culture, May 12

The auction house failed to regain control of its official website on Sunday but said that its spring auctions would go on. Sotheby’s Monday sales topped $267 million.

Mona Lisa, Smile: You’re in Lecco, After All
Express, May 12

A mash-up of geology and art history has identified a likely setting for one of the world’s most famous paintings.

Eberhard Kornfeld, Art Dealer, Collector and Historian, Is Dead at 99
Obits, May 11

Ensconced in a 15th-century Swiss manor house, he became an expert on the old masters and later tangled with heirs of a collector killed by the Nazis.

Un retratista digno de un rey (pero no de un presidente)
En español, May 11

Jonathan Yeo, uno de los artistas más importantes de su generación, va a presentar su retrato del rey Carlos III. También ha pintado a la realeza de Hollywood y a políticos. Pero un expresidente de EE. UU. le fue esquivo.

What Are a Museum’s Obligations When It Shows a ‘Problematic’ Artist?
Magazine, May 10

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on the responsibility an institution assumes once it exhibits an artist’s work.

Is It an Art Show? A Dinner Party? A Fashion Extravaganza?
Styles, May 10

Roze Traore, a multitalented New York chef served up dinner inside a New York art gallery to show off paintings from his residency in Ivory Coast.

Steve McQueen, on a Different Wavelength
Culture, May 10

The artist-turned-film director finds new depths in “Bass,” an immersive environment of light and sound in Dia Beacon keyed to Black history and “where we can go from here.”

Christie’s Website Is Brought Down by Hackers Days Before $840 Million Auctions
Culture, May 10

The auctioneer’s website was taken offline on Thursday evening and remained down on Friday, days before its spring auctions were set to begin.

Discover Le Havre, Where Impressionism Was Born
Travel, May 10

The movement was named for a seascape Monet painted in this often-overlooked city, France’s largest seaport. But it has a museum full of Impressionist canvases, intriguing architecture and a new energy.

The Black Female Artists Redefining Minimalism
T Style, May 10

A new generation of painters and sculptors is finding creative freedom by making rigorously pared-down work.

Who Owns a Drawing That May Be Nazi Loot? A Judge Will Decide.
Culture, May 9

A drawing Egon Schiele made of his wife is the focus of a dispute among a Lehman foundation and heirs of two Jewish art collectors.

An Embarrassment of Style at the Independent
Weekend, May 9

This year’s fair is in overdrive, with exhibitors taking big swings in dozens of directions. Use our critic’s personal playlist to find your way around the floor.

Surrealism Reigns at Tefaf Art Fair
Weekend, May 9

Objects made under the influence of the art movement have inspired many contemporary and modern dealers at the 10th edition of Tefaf New York.

Scarlett Johansson Shares Her Beauty Regimen
T Style, May 9

Plus: a new hotel in Oxford, England, door knobs with personality and more recommendations.

36 Hours in Colorado Springs
Interactive, May 9

Colorado’s second-largest city, which brims with outdoor activities, is enticing visitors with a new museum and revamped hotels.

At the Met, Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up in the Chemistry Lab
Weekend, May 9

The immersive show features fragile dresses inside airtight vitrines, overcoats growing grass, pat-’n-sniff walls and a hologram. Does it work?

Is It Candy?
T Style, May 9

The long history of — and current appetite for — trompe l’oeil sweets.

Ponen un hot dog de casi 20 metros en Times Square y es increíble
En español, May 9

Con “Hot Dog in the City”, Jen Catron y Paul Outlaw, pareja de artistas de Brooklyn, cuestionan la tradición y el atractivo de la cultura (y los aderezos) estadounidenses.

Betye Saar Remains Guided by the Spirit
T Style, May 8

The 97-year-old artist’s newest works reflect her decades-long interest in cultural artifacts and self-emancipation.

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, Pioneer of Supergraphics, Dies at 95
Obits, May 8

Trained as a ballet dancer, painter and graphic designer, she was at the forefront of a movement that upended design and architecture with bold graphics.

An Abandoned School Becomes a Canvas for Art Galleries
Culture, May 8

Six galleries bought a 22-acre property in upstate New York that they are calling the Campus. Its first exhibition begins June 29.

LaToya Ruby Frazier Is Paying It Forward
Arts & Leisure, May 8

She may be America’s foremost social documentary photographer, now with a survey at the Museum of Modern Art. “All I’m doing is showing up as a vessel.”

A Land Artist’s Work Evades Demolition
Culture, May 7

A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction protecting a work by Mary Miss. A Des Moines museum wanted to destroy it, citing safety concerns.

They Put a 65-Foot Hot Dog in Times Square, and It’s a Blast
Culture, May 7

With “Hot Dog in the City,” the artists Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw question the lore and lure of American culture (and condiments).

At SFMOMA, Disability Artwork Makes History
Culture, May 7

After 50 years, Creative Growth in Oakland celebrates as its artists enter the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s collection.

A Who’s Who of L.A.’s Art World Bids Farewell to a Champion
Culture, May 6

Artists, collectors and Hollywood stars toasted the Hammer Museum’s outgoing director, Ann Philbin, who remade the institution during 25 years at the helm.

The Baffling Theme of This Year’s Met Gala
Op Ed, May 6

The commentary the theme provokes gives the gala its enduring cultural relevance.

Frank Stella Went From Bauhaus to Fun House
Culture, May 5

He was consumed with abstract painting and determined to keep it alive even when it became an unpopular cause among younger artists.

Frank Stella, Towering Artist and Master of Reinvention, Dies at 87
Obits, May 4

He moved American art away from Abstract Expressionism toward cool minimalism. His explorations of color and form were endlessly discussed and constantly on exhibit.

At Frieze, Photographer of Gay Life Seeks ‘a Place in the Sunshine’
Culture, May 3

Stanley Stellar has documented gay New York, on the streets and in his studio, for decades. Now he steps onto his biggest stage.

A New Wave of Appreciation for the Man Who Drew New York
Styles, May 3

Jason Polan chronicled city life in thousands of sketches before he died at 37 in 2020. What happens to his legacy now?

It Was the Biggest Job of His Life. Was He On Target, or Off by Half?
Culture, May 3

An antiques shop owner in Maine was hired by a friend to value the collection of the artist Robert Indiana. His verdict was $85 million. A second appraisal says that’s way too much.

At Venice Biennale, Artists Make a Case for Returning Looted Artifacts
Culture, May 3

For years, activists and politicians have led discussions about whether disputed museum objects should go back to their countries of origin. At this year’s Biennale, artists are entering the fray.

What to See in N.Y.C. Galleries in May
Culture, May 2

Martha Schwendener covers Tamiko Nishimura’s arresting black-and-white photographs, Tanya Merrill’s playful portraits and Enrique Martínez Celaya’s link to a Spanish master.

Standouts at NADA New York, the Fair for Up-and-Comers
Arts, May 2

The most exciting part of this fair for younger galleries is the chance for viewers to see art from out of town.

Frieze New York Brings a Rich, Cross-Cultural Mix
Weekend, May 2

The Shed welcomes an international survey of painting, textiles and collage to its galleries. Our critic picks his 23 favorite booths.

An Artist From Kosovo Takes Flight
Weekend, May 2

After a childhood marked by war and exile, Petrit Halilaj has become one of his generation’s great talents.

Esther, a New Art Fair With Northern European Style
Culture, May 2

At the debut of this alternative fair, dealers from Oslo to Estonia have teamed up, turning a private club in Murray Hill into a total work of art.

They Used to Award Olympic Medals for Art?
Magazine, May 2

The founder of the modern Games thought they should honor both body and mind. But the tradition died years ago, and the winning artworks are largely forgotten.

A Portrait Artist Fit for a King (but Not a President)
Foreign, May 2

Jonathan Yeo, about to unveil a major new painting of King Charles III, also counts Hollywood royalty (Nicole Kidman) and prime ministers (Tony Blair) as past subjects. But George W. Bush eluded him.

11 Spring Art Fairs Kick Off for Buyers and Browsers Alike
Weekend, May 1

With Frieze comes a buffet of art in New York City over two weeks, whether you’re looking for blue-chip galleries or emerging talents.

Met Museum Reaches Fund-Raising Goal for New Modern Wing
Culture, May 1

The museum achieves a milestone, but still faces a complex public approval process for its Tang Wing, which is on city land.

What to See in New York During a Month-Long Celebration of Design
Special Sections, May 1

These are the highlights of what to do and where to go in May if you’re interested in design topics.

Zwirner Anchors Los Angeles Art Neighborhood With New Gallery
Culture, May 1

Its flagship will open with a 30th-anniversary exhibition featuring works by all of the gallery’s 80 artists.

The Artist Who Burned the U.S. Flag Raises a New One in Venice
Arts & Leisure, May 1

Dread Scott’s unabashedly activist art once led to a Supreme Court ruling on free speech. Now during the Biennale, he tackles racist immigration policies.

‘Fearless Girl’ Lawsuit Is Over but the Statue’s Fate Is Unsettled
Arts, April 30

The artist of the defiant bronze statue near Wall Street reached an agreement with the financial firm that commissioned it.

On the Met Roof, Skywriting His Way to Freedom
Culture, April 28

Petrit Halilaj of Kosovo began drawing as a refugee child in the Balkans during a violent decade and invented a calligraphic world of memory.

Art Isn’t Supposed to Make You Comfortable
Op Ed, April 28

We live in a complex world. We can’t afford to make art that serves up only simple moral lessons.

Una antigua jugadora de pelota debuta en un museo
En español, April 28

La enorme estatua forma parte de la exposición “Mujeres huastecas mesoamericanas: Diosas, guerreras y gobernadoras” en el Museo Nacional de Arte Mexicano en Chicago.

Pope’s Visit to Art Exhibition in Prison Is a First for Venice Biennale
Foreign, April 28

Incarcerated women serve as guides to the show, which reflects Pope Francis’ longtime commitment to society’s marginalized people.

Arlene Shechet’s ‘Girl Group’ Nudges Heavy Metal Men at Storm King
Arts & Leisure, April 27

Once known for ceramics, she now commands the rolling hills at the prestigious New York sculpture park with a chorus of six giant welded works.

After Setbacks, a Textile Artist Finds New Success
Special Sections, April 27

Venues across the U.S. and beyond are giving Liz Collins, who first found fame as a fashion designer, the art-world recognition that had eluded her.

Exploring Pittsburgh’s Legacy of Steel
Special Sections, April 27

At the Carnegie Museum of Art, an installation by the artist Marie Watt celebrates the region’s industrial history with I-beams and glass.

Children and Museums: You Can’t Start Early Enough
Special Sections, April 27

Many museums around the country have had children’s programs for years — but they are on the rise now more than ever.

Women Artists Are Catching Up, but Equality Will Still Take a While
Special Sections, April 27

An exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts features an array of artists sharing their views of an increasingly complex world.

A Modern, Tragic Portrait of the Sea
Interactive, April 26

At Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, Wardell Milan’s works — which blend drawing, painting and collage — depict scenes of both comfort and chaos.

Ancient Female Ballplayer Makes Public Debut
Science, April 26

The statue will be part of “Ancient Huasteca Women: Goddesses, Warriors and Governors” at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

An Artist Is Finding Out Who She Is Through Her Art
Special Sections, April 26

Robin F. Williams, whose first solo museum show opened this month in her hometown in Ohio, is evolving through her works, which are often injected with humor.

Baskets Holding the Identity of an Indigenous People
Special Sections, April 26

The baskets of Jeremy Frey from the Passamaquoddy tribe in Maine have caught the attention of the art world.

A Portrait of a Saint Is Reincarnated in Milwaukee
Special Sections, April 26

The painting “Saint Francis of Assisi in His Tomb” became one of the inspirations for Idris Khan in his first solo museum show in the United States.

Mickalene Thomas Takes Los Angeles
Special Sections, April 26

The Broad Museum kicks off a touring exhibition of the artist’s work over the last 20 years.

Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Is the Place to Go for Inventive Pastries and Fresh Bread
T Style, April 25

Plus: a vase designed by Alice Waters, sculptures made from recycled CDs and more recommendations from T Magazine.

How Postwar Paris Changed the Expat Artists
Weekend, April 25

An exhibition at the Grey Art Museum explores the fervid postwar scene in Paris, where Ellsworth Kelly, Joan Mitchell and others learned lessons America couldn’t teach them.

Maurizio Cattelan Turned a Banana Into Art. Next Up: Guns
Weekend, April 25

As his bullet-riddled panels go up at Gagosian, the artist, in a rare in-person interview, tells why he turned his sardonic gaze on a violence-filled world.

One for the Ages: Sonia Delaunay’s Wearable Abstractions
Weekend, April 25

A steamer trunk worth of clothing and textiles by the French-Ukrainian artist reveals the sartorial origins of abstraction.

May Brings More Than Flowers: Art Fairs to See in New York
Special Sections, April 25

Beyond Frieze, the options for collectors include events devoted to contemporary African art as well as underrepresented and emerging artists. Here’s a roundup.

10 Campus Museums Shine a Spotlight on Democracy
Special Sections, April 25

A coalition of universities is tying exhibitions into the 2024 elections and the broader issue of extreme political polarization in the United States.

A New Arts Campus Blooms on Detroit’s East Side
Special Sections, April 25

The founders of a downtown art gallery see the potential for a vibrant community and art hub in the East Village and are putting the pieces in place.

Hoping Art Can Strike a Balance on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Special Sections, April 25

In a biennial show this spring and summer between two museums on either side of the border, artists tell fresh stories about a contentious region.

Chicago Museum Says Investigators Have No Evidence Art Was Looted
Culture, April 24

In a court filing, the Art Institute of Chicago fought Manhattan prosecutors’ efforts to seize an important Egon Schiele drawing, denying that the Nazis had stolen it.

10 Highlights From the Venice Biennale
T Style, April 24

A tour of the international exhibition, which opened last week and runs through November.

Noche Flamenca, Raising the Dead With Goya
Culture, April 24

In “Searching for Goya,” at the Joyce Theater, the troupe uses the painter’s images as frames for flamenco dances.

Long-Lost Klimt Painting Sells for $37 Million at Auction
Weekend, April 24

The portrait was left unfinished in the painter’s studio when he died, and questions persist over the identity of the subject and what happened to the painting during Nazi rule in Austria.

The Venice Biennale and the Art of Turning Backward
Culture, April 24

Every art institution now speaks of progress, justice, transformation. What if all those words hide a more old-fashioned aim?

Turner Prize Shortlist Leans In to Artists’ Identities
Culture, April 24

This year’s four nominees are Claudette Johnson, Jasleen Kaur, Pio Abad and Delaine Le Bas, whose works draw on personal history and cultural interpretations.

A ‘Wonderland’ Adventure in the Bronx
Special Sections, April 24

A show at the New York Botanical Garden, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s books, will explore his fictional and real worlds through plants, art and artifacts.

Art Seeks Enlightenment in Darkness
Special Sections, April 24

Many artists are dimming the lights of their museum shows, for a mix of symbolic and spiritual reasons.

A Mississippi Exhibition Takes on a Provocative Topic
Special Sections, April 24

A 183-canvas painting by Noah Saterstrom explores mental illness, his family’s struggle with it — and the state’s response to those impaired by it.

Manuel Mathieu Finds His Way Through Haitian History, on Canvas
Special Sections, April 24

The young artist interweaves the personal and the political, asking such questions as, “How can we build when we are inhabited by rage?”

A Celebrated Artist Finds Joy in a Return to New York
Special Sections, April 24

In his biggest exhibit since a 2013 retrospective at the Guggenheim, Christopher Wool has created his own show in a unique space.

Reincarnating a Treasured Design Store in Minneapolis
Special Sections, April 23

The Walker Art Center looks to the past to bring back its long-admired flair for modern design and contemporary art.

A Guide of American Museums to Visit This Year
Special Sections, April 23

Siblings, parents and grandparents are collaborators and muses in a variety of upcoming shows around the country that highlight family traditions and bonds.

Britain Memorializes a Queen, With Smiles and Bronze Corgis
Weekend, April 22

Sculptors have immortalized past British monarchs with imposing, stern-faced statues. For Queen Elizabeth II, they’re taking a different approach.

A Steadying Force for the Africa Center Is Stepping Down
Culture, April 11

Uzodinma Iweala, chief executive of the Harlem institution, will leave at the end of 2024 after guiding it through pandemic years and securing funds.

Audience Snapshot: Four Years After Shutdown, a Mixed Recovery
Culture, March 12

Covid brought live performance to a halt. Now the audience for pop concerts and sporting events has roared back, while attendance on Broadway and at some major museums is still down.

The Global Art Business Is Better, but Not Booming
Special Sections, December 5

After struggling with the Covid pandemic, the industry is now dealing with inflation, high interest rates and international conflicts.

Looking to the Art Fair World of 2024
Special Sections, December 5

Art fairs managed to survive the downturn brought about by the Covid pandemic and are on the rise again — a trend expected to continue in the coming year.

A Kinetic Cloud of Humanity for Moynihan Train Hall
Culture, September 24

Joshua Frankel, an artist whose grandfather worked at the James Farley Post Office, has deep roots at the site of his new video project for Art at Amtrak.

The Days Were Long and the Years Were Longer
Book Review, July 3

In her new memoir, “The Light Room,” Kate Zambreno looks back on the unending togetherness of family life during the pandemic.

Radical Rethinking at Biennale: Africa and the Future Share Pride of Place
Culture, May 22

Don’t be fooled by its generic title. Lesley Lokko’s “Laboratory of the Future” is the most ambitious and pointedly political Venice Architecture Biennale in years.

Through Catastrophe, and in Community, the Art of Daniel Lind-Ramos
Weekend, May 4

A storm, a pandemic, and Black Puerto Rican history pervade his work at MoMA PS 1, with materials sourced from daily life.

Your Monday Briefing: China Reopens
Dining, January 8

Also, Brazilians storm government offices and the Times investigates a 2021 Kabul airstrike.

Looking for Elbow Room, Louvre Limits Daily Visitors to 30,000
Culture, January 6

With attendance surging back, the museum wants to offer “a moment of pleasure” — and relieve that Mona Lisa problem.

Your Thursday Briefing: China’s Snarled Covid Data
N Y T Now, December 14

Plus France just beat Morocco to advance to the World Cup finals.

After a Covid Contraction, Museums Are Expanding Again
Special Sections, October 20

Projects all over the country include renovations and new wings as institutions continue to bet on bricks and mortar.

San Francisco’s Art Market Struggles in the Shadow of Los Angeles
Culture, August 29

Though some small galleries are opening or expanding, the mega dealers have closed shop, a blow to an area with a vibrant artistic history.

Dmitri Vrubel, Who Planted a Kiss on the Berlin Wall, Dies at 62
Obits, August 19

A Russian-born painter, he created a mural of the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev smooching the East German leader Erich Honecker — and with it a tourist attraction.

Covid. A Coma. A Stroke. José Parlá Returns From the Edge.
Culture, July 31

After a lengthy recovery, the artist comes back with the most vigorous work he’s made: “It took me a really long time to understand what had happened to me.”

London Modern and Contemporary Auctions: A Market Minus the Froth
Culture, July 1

The prices — $36.9 million for Monet paintings, and $52.8 million for a Francis Bacon — show that even as Britain’s share of the global art market has decreased, it’s an important player.

Covid Memorials Offer a Place to Put Our Grief
Culture, May 5

From “anti-monuments” to ephemeral sand portraits, four art exhibitions encourage viewers to slow down and take stock of our pandemic losses.

Manhattan Springs Back to Life
Travel, May 5

Broadway enthusiasts, art aficionados and food lovers will find new offerings in and around Times Square and in neighborhoods below 42nd Street, heralding the promise of a vibrant recovery.