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Philip Guston Blockbuster Show Postponed by Four Museums
Culture, Yesterday

The works that appeared to ignite concern include hooded Ku Klux Klan figures, a motif in Guston’s paintings since the early 1930s.

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A Pandemic-Appropriate Show Ends Its Run in a Newport Cemetery
T Style, Yesterday

Piotr Uklanski’s new paintings of Pre-Raphaelite muses closes with a private performance that conjures “Eyes Wide Shut” and Roy Orbison.

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Making Art When ‘Lockdown’ Means Prison
Weekend, Yesterday

The harshness of life behind bars is designed to crush inmates’ individuality. But a stirring exhibition at MoMA PS1 shows the prison-industrial complex can’t stifle the artistic impulse.

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Looking to Brighten a Room? Try Painting a Lampshade
T Style, Yesterday

The British designer Cressida Bell offers a step-by-step guide on how to recreate one of her signature motifs.

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Luchita Hurtado: The Elusive Artist Portrays Herself
Weekend, Yesterday

An exhibition of drawings and paintings stretches over several decades of the artist’s long career, but only comes to life in its — and her — final efforts.

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The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week
T Style, Yesterday

A Croatian monastery turned hotel, a new show at the SculptureCenter — and more.

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‘Myth of a Colorblind France’ Review: Artistry Abroad
Weekend, Yesterday

The documentary focuses on the history of African-American expatriates in France and the writings, paintings and music they made there.

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Come to Vote, Stay for the Art
Culture, September 23

In California, the Institute of Contemporary Art San José will open for voting, with a mural by Amir H. Fallah on display.

In Dark Times, I Sought Out the Turmoil of Caravaggio’s Paintings
Magazine, September 23

The work the artist made near the end of his life changed my understanding of both beauty and suffering.

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At the Manifesta Biennial, a French City’s Tough Realities Go on Show
Culture, September 22

The roving international art exhibition is carrying on despite the pandemic. This edition, in Marseille, could be a model for biennials in a changed world.

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3 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now
Weekend, September 22

George Ortman’s radiant relief paintings at Mitchell Algus; works from Lucia Nogueira’s brief but remarkable career; and Ruben Ulises Rodriguez Montoya’s otherworldly sculptures.

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The Food Culture of Michelangelo
Dining, September 21

The lecturer Fred Plotkin will discuss the food and wine of the Italian Renaissance.

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Photoville Adds New Venues, Vistas and Vision
Culture, September 21

A joyous jumble of 60-plus shows in five boroughs, it is a reminder of photography’s power not just to document crisis, but to help imagine better lives.

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How Can I Avoid Feeling Lonely When All My Friends Are Coupled Up?
T Style, September 21

“When confronted with forces beyond our control, isolation can be a form of escape and self-preservation,” writes one of our advice columnists.

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A New York Clock That Told Time Now Tells the Time Remaining
Culture, September 20

Metronome’s digital clock in Manhattan has been reprogrammed to illustrate a critical window for action to prevent the effects of global warming from becoming irreversible.

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Anchor the Week With Audre Lorde and Chinese Lute Music
At Home, September 19

You could also check out a Sims-inspired art show, get the expert take on Fashion Week or try a TrapAerobics class.

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A Stained-Glass Gift, From God and Gerhard Richter
Culture, September 18

The monks of a German abbey hope new windows by the renowned artist will draw visitors and secure the community’s future.

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Mushrooms, the Last Survivors
T Style, September 18

Neither plant nor animal, mushrooms have confounded humans since ancient times. Now, they’re a reminder of our tenuous place in an uncertain world.

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It’s a Banana. It’s Art. And Now It’s the Guggenheim’s Problem.
Culture, September 18

Ephemeral works of art, like Maurizio Cattelan’s creation out of fruit, can often pose conservation challenges for the museums that have them.

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In His Hands, a Love Song Becomes a Requiem for Plague Times
Arts & Leisure, September 18

The artist Ragnar Kjartansson has built his reputation around endurance works, and a Milanese church will host his latest: the same romantic tune repeated hour after hour, day after day, for a month.

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A Classic SoHo Artist’s Loft
Slideshow, September 18

Linda Sampson bought her loft on West Broadway for $15,000 in 1972 and sold it this year for $2.4 million.

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It’s a Banana. It’s Art. And Now It’s the Guggenheim’s Problem.
Culture, September 18

Ephemeral works of art, like Maurizio Cattelan’s creation out of fruit, can often pose conservation challenges for the museums that have them.

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Banksy’s Attempt to Trademark a Graffiti Image Is Thrown Out
Culture, September 17

The street artist’s effort to use trademark law instead of copyright to protect his paintings from commercial knockoffs is thwarted by a European Union decision.

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Monuments That Celebrate Communal Struggles, Not Flawed Men
Weekend, September 17

Contemporary sculptures by Jeffrey Gibson and others, part of “Monuments Now” at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, draw on the past to look toward the future.

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Jacob Lawrence, Peering Through History’s Cracks
Weekend, September 17

“American Struggle” at the Met shows an artist searching out bits of the nation’s history that have been edged out, and making visible the fight for racial equality.

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The Whitney Canceled Their Exhibition. Now Those Artists Want Reform.
Weekend, September 17

Last month, the museum acquired works from 80 artists, often through discounted sales. A new letter signed by more than half of the artists asks for substantive changes in the Whitney’s policies.

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Art About Waiting — and What It Takes to Endure
T Style, September 17

In a time of crisis with no end in sight, durational performance, or endurance art, surfaces in our consciousness. Is this the art of our age?

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A ‘Textbook Example’ of a College Outbreak in N.Y.
Metro, September 17

Students, parents and staff members at SUNY Oneonta say a problem of lax screening was made worse by risky off-campus gatherings.

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Guggenheim Cuts Staff by 11 Percent Ahead of Reopening
Culture, September 16

The museum announced Wednesday that 24 employees would be laid off and that eight others have taken voluntary separation agreements.

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Brooklyn Museum to Sell 12 Works as Pandemic Changes the Rules
Culture, September 16

Museums selling their art has long been frowned upon, but recent financial pressures have sent works to the auction block at Christie’s. The proceeds would pay for the care of the collection.

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5 Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now
Weekend, September 16

Wearable cookies, rooftop poets and life in the breakaway region of Abkhazia: Here are some of the Instagram accounts brightening our art critic’s daily feed.

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The Artist Whose Medium Is Science
T Style, September 16

Tavares Strachan is known for his ambitious projects and intensive research, which have included expeditions to the North Pole and training as a cosmonaut in Russia.

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Melania Trump Statue Returns in Slovenia. (This One Is Harder to Burn.)
Foreign, September 16

The wooden original, erected last year near the first lady’s hometown, was set on fire in July. The replacement, made from bronze, is intended to last a bit longer, the commissioning artist said.

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Dancing With Rice: A Meditative Pas de Deux at the Met
Culture, September 15

The Taiwanese artist Lee Mingwei’s “Our Labyrinth” comes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a New York touch from the choreographer Bill T. Jones.

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Nancy Dine, Filmmaker and Muse of Artist Jim Dine, Dies at 83
Obits, September 14

In the 1960s, the Dines were an art world force in New York and London. Ms. Dine went on to make films about her husband, earning her an Academy Award nomination.

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In Berlin, the Art World Spreads Out to Stay Safe
Culture, September 14

The first major international art event since the lockdown started took place at smaller venues around the city, rather than under a single roof.

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El fin del genio y la obra maestra
en Español, September 13

La decadencia del patriarcado y una menor tolerancia con los abusos de poder está cambiando lo que entendemos por arte, monumento y creador.

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Patricia Marroquin Norby, la primera curadora nativa estadounidense del Met a tiempo completo
en Español, September 12

La experta, de ascendencia purépecha, hasta hace poco se desempeñó en el Museo Nacional del Indígena Estadounidense en Nueva York y pronto se unirá al Museo Metropolitano de Arte.

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A Spiritual Study in Blue
T Style, September 11

Betye Saar’s new work is a collection of found objects, including a sarcophagus from Egypt and wood pieces from a local craft store.

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How Three Artists Are Exploring Mythology and Race
Weekend, September 10

In re-examining historical narratives and classical stories, these artists are creating images that speak on multiple levels to the experiences of being Black and female.

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New York’s Reopened Museums: Where to Go and What to See
Weekend, September 10

What you need to know before venturing back out to see art, from safety precautions to the exhibitions still on view.

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3 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now
Weekend, September 10

Frank Jones’s fanciful drawings; Lyles & King’s inaugural exhibition in its new space; and Serena Stevens’s haunting paintings.

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The Native Artists Showing Us What’s Happening in Indigenous America
National, September 10

We spoke with Wendy Red Star about what it was like to curate, edit and feature a wide range of Native artists for the Fall issue of Aperture.

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Studio Museum in Harlem Names Artists in Residence
Weekend, September 10

The museum adds a midcareer component to a program known for anointing new talent.

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The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week
T Style, September 10

Walter Price paintings, three-legged chairs — and more.

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‘Our Time Machine’ Review: A Picture of the Past
Weekend, September 10

In this documentary, the Chinese artist Maleonn enlists his aging parents, both artists themselves, in an ambitious memory play.

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Pandemic Has Cut Modern and Contemporary Gallery Sales 36%, Report Says
Culture, September 9

The survey, by Art Basel and UBS, analyzes the effect of the coronavirus on the world’s art dealers. Sales are down, but the wealthy are still buying.

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The Met Hires Its First Full-Time Native American Curator
Culture, September 9

Patricia Marroquin Norby, most recently of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, will soon join the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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‘Impossible Objects’ That Reveal a Hidden Power
Arts & Leisure, September 9

The artist Trevor Paglen peers into the history of photography and its relationship to state surveillance.

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Ron Gorchov, Painter Who Challenged Viewers’ Perceptions, Dies at 90
Obits, September 9

Seeking “a new kind of visual space” and using a vivid palette, he stacked multiple canvases with gently curved, round-cornered tops.

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What to Know About the N.Y.C. Mayoral Race
Metro, September 9

With Mayor Bill de Blasio stepping down next year because of term limits, a crowded field has emerged to replace him. 

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Mark Bradford Reveals New Paintings Quarantined in a Grain Tower
Culture, September 8

The artist is not on social media, but he’s finally opening up about living and working in the time of Covid-19. “I went into survival mode,” he said.

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Harold Ancart Brings His Kaleidoscopic Trees to Chelsea
T Style, September 8

The Belgian artist has a new exhibition of large-scale paintings at David Zwirner Gallery that shows the natural world in and out of focus.

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Mark Bradford Reveals New Paintings Quarantined in a Grain Tower
Culture, September 8

The artist is not on social media, but he’s finally opening up about living and working in the time of Covid-19. “I went into survival mode,” he said.

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An Artist Continues Her Applause for Essential Workers
Culture, September 8

Mierle Laderman Ukeles is known for shaking the hand of every employee in the Department of Sanitation. Her latest work may be less tactile, but it is no less heartfelt.

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Virtual New Yorker Festival Will Host Chris Rock and Elizabeth Warren
Culture, September 8

This year’s lineup will also include Dr. Anthony Fauci and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in addition to Yo-Yo Ma and other entertainers.

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7 Sculpture Gardens that Merge Art With the Landscape
At Home, September 5

This fall, getting culture outdoors is even more restorative than usual. Here are some options across the country.

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Joseph Bartscherer, Rigorously Conceptual Photographer, Dies at 65
Obits, September 5

His work — including a project for which he collected three decades of front-page obituaries from The New York Times — often took years to complete.

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Remember Your Summer With Sun Prints
At Home, September 5

Use those shells, dried flower and other keepsakes to create beautiful white-and-blue prints.

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While Berghain Is Closed, There’s Art on the Dance Floor
Culture, September 4

The famous Berlin techno club has been repurposed as an exhibition space during the pandemic. It’s a mixing of club culture and visual art reminiscent of the golden days of the 1990s.

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This Labor Day, These Workers Are Trying to Stay Afloat
Weekend, September 4

The coronavirus pandemic has brought various hardships. An artist, bookseller, comedian and five others share their stories of how they are coping with all the uncertainty.

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Art Basel Miami Beach Is Canceled
Culture, September 4

Organizers, concerned at the state of the pandemic in South Florida, put off the event until next year.

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Art Basel Miami Beach Is Canceled
Culture, September 4

Organizers, concerned at the state of the pandemic in South Florida, put off the event until next year.

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Siah Armajani, Sculptor of Communal Spaces, Dies at 81
Obits, September 3

The Iranian-American artist kept a low profile, but his public installations garnered wide influence.

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The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week
Culture, September 3

Elegant needlepoint, makeup inspired by the Met — and more.

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The Whitney Reopens With 3 Powerhouse Shows
Weekend, September 3

When the museum closed in March, it was showing Agnes Pelton’s paintings and Mexico’s great muralists. Thankfully, these works are still up on the walls.

First You Clean the Dinosaur’s Teeth. Then You Open the Museum.
Weekend, September 2

The American Museum of Natural History is going for an intimate experience — allowing hundreds, not thousands, of visitors in per hour — when it reopens on Sept. 9.

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The Joy of Old Clothes
Styles, September 2

A summer spent avoiding shopping and excavating our closets has yielded some surprising revelations.

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Roger Gastman’s New Venture: A Digital Art Fair
Culture, September 1

The curator’s follow up to the traveling street art exhibition “Beyond the Streets” is a virtual showcase created in a partnership with NTWRK, a shopping platform.

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This Way to Chloë Bass’s Outdoor Art Show
Culture, September 1

The artist’s exhibition in St. Nicholas Park, mounted by the Studio Museum in Harlem, revolves around questions like: “How much of life is coping?”

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¿Qué es eso en la terraza del Met? Un enorme y hermoso muro
en Español, August 31

“Lattice Detour”, del artista mexicano Héctor Zamora, es un monumento a la apertura frente al encierro, que contrapone la ligereza a la pesadez, la transitoriedad a la permanencia. También está cargado de significados políticos.

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Política y estética del meme
en Español, August 30

Estos mensajes breves y generalmente irónicos son el auténtico telón de fondo de nuestra época. Y antes de reírnos y compartirlos, valdría la pena analizarlos, especialmente por su contenido político, pero también como una forma artística.

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A Poignant Portrait of a Childhood Friend
T Style, August 28

A work by Tyler Mitchell speaks to the artist’s desire to expand ideas about Black masculinity.

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Kehinde Wiley on Protests’ Results: ‘I’m Not Impressed Yet’
Arts & Leisure, August 28

The artist, riding out the pandemic in Dakar, also talked about torn-down Confederate monuments and where they should go — like in “a hall of horrors.”

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A Visitor’s Guide to MoMA and the Met
Weekend, August 28

What you need to know before you head back to the museums, from safety precautions to the exhibitions still on view.

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New Director Sees Berlin’s Jewish Museum as a Place for Debate
Culture, August 26

Hetty Berg wants the institution to become a cultural hub for the German capital, enabling difficult discussions without succumbing to their rancor.

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5 Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now
Weekend, August 26

Design during the pandemic; a bookshop in Berlin; a museum in São Paulo; a cartoonist addressing racism; and photographs documenting Native Americans.

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Experiences With Cancer, Captured in Works of Art
Well, August 26

The program Brushes With Cancer pairs patients with artists whose works make visible a disease that can be invisible and isolating.

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Net Art FTW
Op Ed, August 26

With so many museums around the world closed, art made from the internet for the internet has been a saving grace.

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A Picture of Change for a World in Constant Motion
Interactive, August 7

What a masterpiece of Japanese printmaking teaches us about the way images circulate.

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A Portrait of America That Still Haunts, Decades Later
Interactive, June 12

How, in a single photograph, Robert Frank captured the ongoing story of a divided nation.

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Taking Lessons From a Bloody Masterpiece
Interactive, May 28

I’ve become obsessed with Thomas Eakins’s “The Gross Clinic.” Let me show you why.

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‘I Have to Make Use of What Is at My Disposal.’
Interactive, May 20

What Zanele Muholi, Titus Kaphar, Kara Walker and other artists are creating during quarantine.

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Visiting the Museum in My Mind
Interactive, May 15

A consideration of artworks that ask the question: What world will we find on the other side of this?

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17 Artists Capture a Surreal New York From Their Windows
Interactive, April 16

We asked artists sheltering in place across the city to illustrate what it looks and feels like outside their windows.

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The Creative Circles Defining the Culture
Interactive, April 13

Whether united by outlook or identity, happenstance or choice, these communities have shaped the worlds of art, fashion, film and more.

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What Does It Mean When an Artist Retreats From Public Life?
Interactive, April 13

A small and highly influential group has chosen to disappear from society in favor of letting their work speak for itself.

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How ‘Daughters of the Dust’ Sent Ripples Through the Film World
Interactive, April 13

With her lyrical work, made in 1991, Julie Dash and her collaborators recentered the black female gaze.

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The Neighbors of Ninth Street
Interactive, April 13

For decades, two blocks in Greenwich Village have been home to a disproportionate number of New York City’s writers, artists, actors and designers.

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How Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts Birthed the Contemporary Avant-Garde
Interactive, April 13

A city poised on the edge of Europe and the rest of the world became the incubator for talents like Dries Van Noten, Luc Tuymans and Ann Demeulemeester.

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How a Trio of Black-Owned Galleries Changed the Art World
Interactive, April 13

In the 1960s and ’70s, Brockman Gallery, Gallery 32 and JAM led the way in showing the work of artists now among the most influential of our time.

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35 Top African-American Artists on the Work That Inspires Them
Interactive, March 19

Kerry Washington on Beyoncé, Ta-Nehisi Coates on Kendrick Lamar, Oprah Winfrey on Toni Morrison. This is the black art that is defining the century.