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‘Guernica’ Tapestry Is Taken Back From U.N. by a Rockefeller
Foreign, Yesterday

The replica of Picasso’s famed painting depicting the horrors of war had hung outside the Security Council chamber since 1985, on loan from the Rockefeller family.

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Overlooked No More: Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Whose Art Chronicled Black Life
Obits, Yesterday

She believed that life for her people in America was an act of near-superhuman perseverance, and she was determined to capture that history in every medium she could.

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Extreme D.I.Y. for Home Decor
Real Estate, Yesterday

Since they have spent so much time at home in the last year, some homeowners have taken craft and design projects to a new level.

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With Galleries Closed, Art Dealers Rethink Their Real Estate Needs
Culture, Yesterday

Selling digitally isn’t the same, most agree. But that doesn’t mean that bricks-and-mortar exhibition spaces will all return to how they were.

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Rajie Cook, Who Helped Make Sense of Public Spaces, Dies at 90
Obits, February 25

He and Don Shanosky developed the pictogram symbols widely used to identify airports, restrooms and more. He was also an artist known for his sculptural assemblages.

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The Frick Savors the Opulence of Emptiness
Weekend, February 25

No barriers. No texts. No heavy gold fabric. At the museum’s two-year sublet of the Breuer building on Madison Avenue, it’s just you and the masters.

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The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week
T Style, February 25

A new Parisian bakery, hand-embroidered pillows — and more.

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Capitol Riot Costs Will Exceed $30 Million, Official Tells Congress
Washington, February 24

The architect of the Capitol and other officials told lawmakers that the physical and psychological toll of the Jan. 6 riot — including damaged artifacts and staff trauma — will be extensive.

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A Coming-Out Party for KAWS at the Brooklyn Museum
Culture, February 24

The Simpsons, Snoopy and the Smurfs are all here in a survey of the artist Brian Donnelly’s 25-year career.

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Beeple Brings Crypto to Christie’s
Culture, February 24

The artist’s brash riffs on the news have whipped up a frenzy of interest within the cryptocurrency scene.

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4 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now
Weekend, February 24

“Threads,” a group show of textile art; Peter Sacks’s imposing “Republic”; Kazuko Miyamoto’s sculptures; and “K as in Knight”explores ambiguity.

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Finding Art Miles Away From the Expected
Weekend, February 23

Hanne Tierney has made her FiveMyles gallery in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, both a beacon and an anchor for the neighborhood.

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The Union Moved. The Beloved Mosaic Mural Couldn’t.
Culture, February 23

The architect David Adjaye spurred a painstaking re-creation of a doomed artwork for its new home — and added a homage to the union’s place in social justice history.

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Whitney Lays Off 15 Workers Amid Mounting Financial Losses
Culture, February 23

“We don’t know how long this period of extreme difficulty will continue,” the museum’s director, Adam Weinberg, said in an email to staff.

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A Donor’s Ties to Epstein Are Criticized at MoMA and Dartmouth
Culture, February 22

Ai Weiwei and other artists say the investor Leon Black should step down as MoMA’s chairman amid revelations that he paid $158 million to Jeffrey Epstein.

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Both Sides Now: In Conversation With Lorraine O’Grady
T Style, February 22

On the eve of her first major retrospective, the artist talks about her past, her process and the benefit of criticism.

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Barry Le Va, Whose Floor-Bound Art Defied Boundaries, Dies at 79
Obits, February 22

Extolling horizontality, he made sculptures from felt, flour, glass sheets and even meat cleavers. Elsewhere, in a performance piece, his body was a sprinting projectile.

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Art Mystery Solved: Who Wrote on Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’?
Culture, February 21

The authorship of the tiny inscription, “Could only have been painted by a madman,” was disputed. Curators in Oslo say the artist definitely wrote it himself. (But why?)

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Arturo Di Modica, Sculptor of the ‘Charging Bull’, Dies at 80
Obits, February 21

A Sicilian-born artist, he installed the artwork in Lower Manhattan without permission. The outpouring of public support persuaded the city to keep it.

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Dutch Officials Urge New Look at Claim on Painting by Jewish Heirs
Culture, February 19

The heirs have argued that the work by Wassily Kandinsky was sold under duress by its Jewish owners after the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands.

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Roni Horn Shares a Timely Record of Solitude
T Style, February 19

The artist’s latest work, for which she made an image nearly every day for almost 14 months, unexpectedly became a document of life at the start of a pandemic.

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To Express the Sound of a Country’s Soul, He Invented New Instruments
Culture, February 19

The Guatemalan composer, inventor and writer Joaquín Orellana’s creations are the subject of the Americas Society exhibition “The Spine of Music.”

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Lorraine O’Grady, Still Cutting Into the Culture
Arts & Leisure, February 19

And at 86, the pioneering conceptual artist isn’t done yet. She’s getting her first retrospective ever, at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Black Grief, White Grievance: Artists Search for Racial Justice
Weekend, February 18

An urgent show at the New Museum — both a monument to a resilient culture and a memorial to what’s lost through racism — will surely rank as one of the most important of 2021.

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How a Strangely Shaped Summer House Revived One Artist’s Practice
T Style, February 18

In the aftermath of loss, Jason Bard Yarmosky sought refuge within an unusual 1950s home on the shore of Long Island — and found both respite and inspiration.

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The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week
T Style, February 18

An exhibition of new work by Stanley Whitney, housewares from Ogata Paris — and more.

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From Lagos to Los Angeles, an African Art Gallery Arrives
Culture, February 17

Adenrele Sonariwo has brought her Nigerian sensibility to Melrose Avenue, with a show focusing on women.

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4 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now
Weekend, February 17

Medrie MacPhee’s paintings; Jeanne Reynal’s mosaics; Angela Dufresne’s kinetic works; and Joaquín Orellana’s sonic sculptures.

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Charles Venable Resigns as Head of Indianapolis Museum of Art
Culture, February 17

His departure comes in the wake of a job posting, since corrected, that described the museum’s core audience as “white,” and amid criticism from a trustee, some staff and local artists.

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Sotheby’s Christo Auction, Part 1, Nets $9.8 Million
Culture, February 17

The 28 most valuable works he and Jeanne-Claude collected and created were offered in a live auction on Wednesday; a timed online sale of another 347 lots will end on Thursday.

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A New Arts Destination Near Marfa Quietly Takes Shape
Culture, February 17

The founder of an insiders’ art fair in the Texas town is now planning a bigger cultural center, in the desert, for visitors year-round. It will open in the fall.

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Paint, Poems and Protest Anthems: Myanmar’s Coup Inspires the Art of Defiance
Foreign, February 17

The creative classes are providing a mass uprising in the country with an imaginative verve and rebellious spirit that has caught the military generals off guard.

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An Artist Exposing Fascism Through Provocation
T Style, February 17

Paul McCarthy has spent his career cultivating a visual language of depravity and scathing critique. After half a century, we still can’t turn away.

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Guggenheim Museum Reaches Agreement With New Union
Culture, February 16

The pact covers 22 full time and 145 part time staff who work in facilities, maintenance and art handling operations.

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The World Grieves for Millions. An Artist Grieves for One.
Culture, February 16

The Canadian artist Divya Mehra’s first U.S. solo show takes a surprising look at mourning. She uses giant emojis to portray her devastation.

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The World Grieves for Millions. An Artist Grieves for One.
Arts, February 16

The Canadian artist Divya Mehra’s first U.S. solo show takes a surprising look at mourning. She uses giant emojis to portray her devastation.

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New & Noteworthy Visual Books, From Ebony Magazine to Young Chefs
Book Review, February 16

A selection of recent visual books of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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The Soothing, Digital Rooms of YouTube
Styles, February 16

Ambience videos pair relaxing soundscapes with animated scenery to make viewers feel immersed in specific spaces, like a cozy library. They’re big with “Harry Potter” fans.

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Indianapolis Museum of Art Apologizes for Insensitive Job Posting
Culture, February 13

The museum wrote that it was seeking a director who would work to maintain its “core, white art audience,” in addition to attracting a more diverse one.

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Brenda Ballin, Who Enlivened Tours of the Met Museum, Dies at 91
Obits, February 12

She was a guide at the museum for decades, bringing both knowledge and humor to the task. She died of complications of Covid-19.

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French Mayor Opens Museums, Defying Coronavirus Orders
Culture, February 12

Cultural institutions in France have been clamoring to reopen for months. They found an unlikely champion in a far-right civic official in Perpignan.

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A New, Safe Home for the Louvre’s Unseen Treasures
Culture, February 12

An ultramodern conservation center in northern France is a haven for flood-threatened items from the museum’s central Paris basement.

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A Tattoo Artist Who Sketched Billie Eilish
Styles, February 12

Manuela Soto Sosa is the stick-and-poke force behind the Soto Girls bikini gang.

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Once Overlooked, Black Abstract Painters Are Finally Given Their Due
T Style, February 12

In the 1960s, abstract painting was a controversial style for Black artists, overshadowed by social realist works. Now, it’s claimed its place as a vital form of expression.

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The Work Diary of the Unofficial Talent Scout of New York City
Sunday Business, February 12

Nicolas Heller captures New Yorkers’ favorite places and characters on his Instagram, @newyorknico.

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Goya: The Dreams, the Visions, the Nightmares
Weekend, February 11

In more than 100 drawings and prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the brilliant Spanish artist navigates the turbulence of politics and looks deep within the chambers of his heart.

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Alex Da Corte Will Bring His Riotous Sensibility to the Met Roof
Weekend, February 11

The Philadelphia-based artist has been selected for the museum’s annual site-specific installation, which opens in April.

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How Japonisme Forever Changed the Course of Western Design
T Style, February 11

In the late 19th century, Japanese aesthetics and craftsmanship overtook Paris, inspiring a movement that would radically transform Europe’s visual culture.

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The 19th-Century Church One Artist Calls Home
Culture, February 11

For the painter Angel Otero, a former place of worship in upstate New York is a sanctuary in which to live and work.

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The Makers Keeping the Ancient Art of Weaving Alive
T Style, February 11

Through thoughtful collaborations with Mexican artisans in Oaxaca and elsewhere, contemporary designers are helping to evolve — and protect — one of the world’s most enduring handicrafts.

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

Photographs by Black artists; Reggie Burrows Hodges’s New York debut; and He Xiangyu’s first solo show in the United States.

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Closed Nearly a Year, Empty Museums in Los Angeles Struggle
Culture, February 10

While many museums around the country have resumed operations, those in Los Angeles remain an exception. They have been shut since March.

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The Upper Crust Has Its Candidate. Don’t Call Him ‘the Black Bloomberg.’
Metro, February 10

Raymond McGuire has lived a grand New York life, conquering Wall Street and kibitzing with Steve Martin. But in his campaign for mayor, he is eager to reach beyond his wealthy supporters.

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The Sinking of a Bust Surfaces a Debate Over Denmark’s Past
Culture, February 9

An artists’ group, criticized as vandals for dumping the bust of an 18th-century king, Frederik V, into Copenhagen Harbor, says it wanted to draw attention to Denmark’s role in slave trading.

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Director of SFMOMA Steps Down
Culture, February 9

Neal Benezra has expanded the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s collection, building and attendance over two decades — and navigated a bumpy last year.

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S. Clay Wilson, Taboo-Breaking Underground Cartoonist, Dies at 79
Obits, February 9

His drawings were so outrageous that, on first encountering them, his fellow cartoonist R. Crumb recalled feeling that “suddenly my own work seemed insipid.”

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Frick Collection to Open as Frick Madison in March (With Coffee)
Culture, February 9

Moving a grand collection and Gilded Age luxuries into Marcel Breuer’s modernist landmark.

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Living in a Private House With a Public Meaning
Real Estate, February 9

A dining room with historic murals in Kennebunkport, Maine, connects its current owners with the past.

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The Surprising Ascent of KAWS
Magazine, February 9

Brian Donnelly went from tagger to blue-chip artist, riding the increasingly blurry line between commercial and fine art.

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‘Black Art: In the Absence of Light’ Reveals a History of Neglect and Triumph
Culture, February 8

An HBO documentary explores two centuries of art by African-Americans, and the path they forged for contemporary Black artists.

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Monoliths Are Still Happening
Express, February 8

The latest unexplained metal slab was found in Turkey. It was surrounded by armed guards until it disappeared.

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Robert L. Herbert, 91, Dies; Saw Impressionism With a Fresh Eye
Obits, February 8

A distinguished art historian at Yale, he illuminated the paintings of Seurat, Monet and others by regarding them through a social lens.

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Why Were So Many Stettheimer Art Works Up for Sale? Not All Were Real
Culture, February 7

Five works by the dazzling and seldom-seen painter Florine Stettheimer emerged on the market in 2020. But some stood on shaky ground.

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Cindy Nemser, Advocate for Women Artists, Is Dead at 83
Obits, February 7

In the 1970s she called out chauvinism and pushed back against the marginalization of women in the art world, in part by helping to create The Feminist Art Journal.

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Facing Deficit, Met Considers Selling Art to Help Pay the Bills
Culture, February 5

Like many museums, the Met is looking to take advantage of a relaxation of the rules governing art sales to care for collections.

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A Photo That Captures a Busier Bygone Era in New York
T Style, February 5

The photographer Andre D. Wagner is based in Brooklyn — but always finds himself coming back to Times Square.

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A Natural Work of Art May Be Hiding Among Indian Cave Masterpieces
Science, February 5

What may be an overlooked fossil in a well-known cultural site could offer clues to the age of its underlying rocks.

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It’s Not Every Day We Get a New Blue
Styles, February 5

In 2009, a professor discovered a novel hue by accident in his university lab. Now, you can paint with it

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For This Show, the Artist Went Overboard
Culture, February 5

In 38 days, with sculptures, drawings, videos and ingenuity, Nina Katchadourian revisited the shipwreck from “Survive the Savage Sea.”

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Photography in the Raw
Weekend, February 4

The humbling exhibition “Photo Brut” brings together generations of self-taught artists who appropriate photographs or create their own.

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In Frank Stella’s Constellation of Stars, a Perpetual Evolution
Weekend, February 4

An exhibition in Connecticut unites two dozen works featuring a single motif, reaffirming the restlessness of this painter’s progress.

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Parrish Art Museum Announces New Director
Culture, February 3

Kelly Taxter, a curator at the Jewish Museum, will lead the Parrish beginning in March.

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Richard Feigen, Gallerist and Champion of Art, Dies at 90
Obits, February 3

He brought a hard-driving style to the showing and selling of art in New York and beyond. He died of Covid-19.

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A Breakout Portrait Artist Invested in Asian Representation
T Style, February 3

Entirely self-taught, Jiab Prachakul has spent over a decade honing her practice and its purpose. Now, she’s gotten her first big show.

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Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now
Weekend, February 3

“Downtown 2021” pays homage to artists from more than two dozen galleries; Carmen Herrera’s Paris period reveals zigzag lines and textures.

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A Painter Explores His Royal Roots
Culture, February 3

Roméo Mivekannin’s great-great-grandfather was an African king whose treasures were looted by colonial forces. As France prepares to return some of the artifacts, the painter is examining how the past shaped his own identity.

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5 Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now
Weekend, February 3

From a lavish armory in Florence to a tiny gallery near the Arctic Circle, here are five far-flung museums that deserve more followers.

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Is Seeing That Renoir Essential? In the Pandemic, Cities Differ
Culture, February 2

Arizona has allowed its museums to remain open despite a deadly outbreak, while in cities and states with far fewer cases, the doors have been closed.

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Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock Resident Artists Are Named
Culture, February 2

Members of the global group share the painter’s passion for using art to explore social change.

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For Britain’s Art Dealers, Post-Brexit Trade Isn’t So Free
Culture, February 2

New taxes, fees and red tape have some in the trade worried they will go out of business. Others see opportunities as the market readjusts.

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With a Gift of Art, a Daughter Honors, if Not Absolves, Her Father
Culture, January 29

Douglas Latchford, a scholar of Khmer antiquities who was accused of trafficking in looted artifacts, bequeathed his world-class collection to his daughter. She has returned it to Cambodia.

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What Do Lars Ulrich and A.O. Scott Have in Common? A Lot, It Turns Out
Culture, January 29

The Metallica musician and our film critic have both spent their careers thinking about the creative process and how it’s received. They compared notes.

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Can Cute Windows Resurrect a Depressed Town in Upstate New York?
Metropolitan, January 29

A project in Cherry Valley, a longtime artists’ haven, is brightening storefronts and telling the world, “We’re still here!”

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‘Bridgerton’ Has Nothing on the Couture
Styles, January 29

Men at Valentino and Fendi. Movies at Dior. A horse at Chanel. Thank goodness for the disruption amid the very fancy clothes.

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An Art Revolution, Made With Scissors and Glue
Interactive, January 29

The greatest breakthrough of 20th-century art was something you probably did in elementary school.

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Monolith Mania Comes to Chelsea
Weekend, January 28

Why has this relatively simple form of sculpture been so fraught with meaning and symbolism over the centuries? The Kasmin Gallery has some ideas.

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Outsider Art Fair, Smaller This Year, but a Model for the Future
Weekend, January 28

A scaled-back lineup includes Daniel Johnston’s colorfully nightmarish drawings, plus chunky clay cameras and quilts as abstract as anything in the MoMA.

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A Botticelli Portrait Sells for $92 Million at Sotheby’s Auction
Weekend, January 28

“Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel” dates to around 1480, and its sale is the art market’s biggest test of the new year.

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The Great Beginning of Jules Olitski
Weekend, January 28

The artist’s earliest Color Field paintings, with their indomitable colors, austere compositions and wild pictorial spaces, are among the movement’s signal achievements.

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The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week
T Style, January 28

Fancy frozen meals, Egyptian housewares — and more.

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The Year in Illustration 2020
Interactive, January 14

The most memorable illustrations of the year, as chosen by art directors at The New York Times.

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This Year’s Standout Moments in the Arts
Interactive, December 29

Though museums, theaters and galleries were closed, and concerts and festivals canceled, many artists continued creating indelible work.

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What’s in Our Queue? ‘Attack on Titan’
Interactive, December 23

I'm a senior news assistant on The Times's Culture desk. Here's what I've been watching, reading and listening to.

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The Myth of North America, in One Painting
Interactive, November 25

How Benjamin West remade a bloody battle as a founding romance.

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Miss Live Theater? You’re Not Alone.
Interactive, October 15

We miss theater. And we know you do too. So we asked you to share some memories with us.

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Black Culture Is Flourishing. How Can It Be Preserved?
Interactive, October 7

Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Dean share a portfolio of favorite works — and discuss curating Black art when so much creativity is online and ephemeral.

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Seeing Our Own Reflection in the Birth of the Self-Portrait
Interactive, September 25

Now it seems self-evident that pictures can represent who you “really” are. That conviction began with Albrecht Dürer, five centuries ago.

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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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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.