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Two Museums Tried to Sell Art. Only One Caught Grief About it.
Culture, Yesterday

The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum both planned on selling works last Wednesday at auction, but Baltimore paused the sale after much criticism.

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Enzo Mari, Industrial Designer Who Kept Things Simple, Dies at 88
Obits, Yesterday

He railed against material excess, consumerism and fame, but made poetic and useful objects that influenced generations of designers. He died of the coronavirus.

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8 Things to Do This Halloween Weekend
Weekend, October 29

Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually or in person in New York City.

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At the Queens Museum, Home and the World
Weekend, October 29

In three post-lockdown exhibitions, the museum stakes out its role in the life of its neighborhood’s multiethnic citizens.

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Leon Black Calls Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein a ‘Terrible Mistake’
Business, October 29

Mr. Black, the billionaire chief executive of Apollo Global Management, said others’ continued association with Mr. Epstein had given him “misplaced comfort” in doing business with him.

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Leon Black Calls Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein a ‘Terrible Mistake’
Business, October 29

Mr. Black, the billionaire chief executive of Apollo Global Management, said others’ continued association with Mr. Epstein gave him “misplaced comfort” in doing business with him

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How to Staycation in 6 American Cities
Travel, October 29

With business travel all but stopped, city hotels and tourist organizations have made a full-court press to attract local and nearby leisure travelers with bottom-barrel rates and extra perks.

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Baltimore Museum of Art Cancels Painting Sale that Drew Complaints
Culture, October 28

The museum was prepared to sell three major works to pay for salary increases and to diversify its collection, but many critics disagreed with the plan.

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How Memory Maps Fashion’s Future
Weekend, October 28

In celebrating the Met’s 150th anniversary, Andrew Bolton of the museum’s Costume Institute could not have designed a better show for this strange, complicated moment.

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After Backlash, Philip Guston Retrospective to Open in 2022
Culture, October 28

Four museums had delayed the touring exhibition until 2024 because of concerns about works that depict Ku Klux Klansmen.

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K.G.B. Museum Closes; Lipstick Gun and Other Spy Relics Go on Sale
Culture, October 28

A Lithuanian collector is shutting his espionage museum in Manhattan after less than two years, citing the pandemic.

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How Long Can N.Y.C. Museums Survive at 25 Percent Capacity?
Culture, October 26

Visiting during the pandemic can feel a bit lonely. Museum directors worry that will persist far into 2021.

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Arts Bailout in U.K. Buys Time, but No Peace of Mind
Culture, October 26

In Liverpool, England, whose tourist trade is built on culture, more than 40 venues received money from a $2 billion fund. That life support lasts until April.

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Hail the Supermoon And Howl at a Canine Costume Contest
At Home, October 24

(Or vice versa.) It’s Halloween week and treats abound, from oysters to ballet to a Sam Smith concert.

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Artists in Isolation Make a New Window on the World
Special Sections, October 23

Cut off by a pandemic, not by choice, they renegotiate their relationships with art and audience.

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Inspired by Miniature Paintings, Shahzia Sikander Goes Big
Special Sections, October 23

It’s been nearly a decade since her last solo show in New York. But this fall the artist is featured in two exhibits, including one of her own.

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Deana Lawson Wins Guggenheim’s Hugo Boss Prize
Weekend, October 22

Ms. Lawson, whose images combine regal poses with everyday scenes, is the first artist working in photography to win.

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Deana Lawson Wins Guggenheim’s Hugo Boss Prize
Culture, October 22

Ms. Lawson, whose images combine regal poses with everyday scenes, is the first artist working in photography to win.

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A German Painter’s New Rule: ‘Never Answer a Critic’
Culture, October 22

Neo Rauch’s provocative statements drew him into a nasty public dispute. He now wants to put that behind him.

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For High-End Galleries, It’s a Season of Upended Exhibitions
Special Sections, October 22

Dealers in Manhattan, facing new challenges, scramble to bring the art to the audience.

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Elijah Pierce, Outsider Artist, Finds a Spotlight at the Right Time
Special Sections, October 22

He would have rejected the word “activist,” but his politically and religiously informed woodcarvings feel in tune with a turbulent year.

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A First-Time Survey of Asian Art Gets a Second Chance to Dazzle
Special Sections, October 22

The curators of the Asia Society Triennial planned a really big show. They didn’t plan on reconfiguring it for a city dealing with a pandemic.

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Putting Pencil to Paper, in Galleries and in the Voting Booth
Special Sections, October 22

New exhibitions of up-to-the-moment drawings illustrate our historic moment, even as it unfolds.

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New York Lockdown Rules: What to Know
Metro, October 22

Schools and nonessential business can reopen in some zones that were deemed virus hot spots, but restrictions remain or tighten elsewhere.

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Vandals Deface Dozens of Artworks in Berlin Museums
Culture, October 21

The Berlin police are asking visitors to the Museum Island for help figuring out who defaced 63 objects, but declined to comment on the possible role of a German conspiracy theorist.

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Jacob Lawrence Painting, Missing for Decades, Is Found by Met Visitor
Culture, October 21

The panel by the renowned Black artist, part of his “Struggle” series, was last seen in 1960. But someone had a hunch where it was.

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A Holistic Approach to Diversity at Museums
Letters, October 21

A sociologist writes that looking only at diversity of trustees is not sufficient. Also: Savoring the fall season; women in the professions.

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From 2 Artists, 2 Ways to Tell Stories of Black America
Special Sections, October 21

Works by Bisa Butler and Barbara Earl Thomas are featured in major museum shows in Chicago and Seattle. It’s a star turn that many feel is long overdue.

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At the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum, All Athletes Are Equal
Special Sections, October 21

The new museum in Colorado Springs is based on the idea that a wheelchair basketball player trains just as hard as any other basketball player.

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Museums Are Back, but Different: A Visitor’s Guide
Special Sections, October 21

The visitors may be masked, but the art is gradually coming into full view.

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Europe’s Museums Are Open, but the Public Isn’t Coming
Culture, October 19

Attendance at some major institutions is a third of what it was last year. Their ability to cope depends almost entirely on how they are funded.

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Become a Dessert Person and Face the Haunts in Edith Wharton’s Home
At Home, October 17

Listen to the audio play ‘Shipwreck,’ bake some madeleines with Sur La Table and make dinosaur-shadow puppets.

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After 75 Years and 15 Claims, a Bid to Regain Lost Art Inches Forward
Culture, October 16

Heirs of Baron Mor Lipot Herzog, a Hungarian banker whose collection of masterpieces was seized by the Nazis, are still pursuing its return.

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Museum Inquiry Into Whistle-blower Complaint Finds No Misconduct
Culture, October 14

The Detroit Institute of Arts said an outside law firm found there had been no skirting of conflict of interest rules in the loan of a painting by the museum director’s father-in-law.

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Long Unseen Trove of Ancient Treasures Goes on Show in Rome
Culture, October 14

After decades of false starts and setbacks, the public can finally take a look at the Torlonia Collection.

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Why Black Parents Don’t Dare to Indulge
Letters, October 9

A Black mother says substance use is seen as grounds for separation of Black families. Also: What counts as art.

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Black Trustees Join Forces to Make Art Museums More Diverse
Culture, October 9

Weary of tokenism, Black board members are now seeking institutional transformation.

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Chinatown Museum Gets $3 Million After Fire Threatens Its Archives
Culture, October 9

The grant is a “game changer” for the Museum of Chinese in America, which was also shut down by the pandemic in March.

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Return Looted Art to Former Colonies, Dutch Committee Tells Government
Culture, October 9

The Netherlands should show “a willingness to return” items taken without consent, a report said. But past experience shows the path from recommending restitution to actual return can be a long one.

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Amy Sillman’s Breakthrough Moment Is Here
Weekend, October 8

A walk through the artist’s new show offers a master class in how abstraction can capture the fraught spirit of 2020.

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Guggenheim’s Top Curator Is Out as Inquiry Into Basquiat Show Ends
Weekend, October 8

An independent investigation found no mistreatment of a Black curator, Chaédria LaBouvier, but the chief curator, Nancy Spector, who is white, is leaving after 34 years.

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The New Museum Is World Class, but Many Find It a Tough Place to Work
Culture, October 5

Critics acknowledge the success the New Museum in New York has achieved. But they say it has come at the expense of many people who work there.

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From the Rubble of Atlases, a Colossus Will Rise
Science, October 5

Thirty-eight great statues of Atlas, all now ruined, once decorated the ancient Greek Temple of Olympic Zeus. Archaeologists have a novel plan for the remains.

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Try ‘Comedy Pilates’ and Celebrate Indigenous Cultures
At Home, October 3

This week, dive into the British Museum’s artifact collection, make art out of leftover veggies and revisit the myth of the Loch Ness monster.

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Why Philip Guston Can Still Provoke Such Furor, and Passion
Culture, October 2

Guston’s Ku Klux Klan paintings are but one facet of an incendiary artist’s storied career, stretching from social realism to abstraction and back.

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Baltimore Museum to Sell 3 Blue-Chip Paintings to Advance Equity
Culture, October 2

As museum staffs demand social justice in the office, an institution sells off prime works to answer the call. Is this the right way to do it?

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Whitney Biennial Postponed Until 2022
Culture, October 1

The museum says that it is prioritizing exhibitions that have been delayed because of the pandemic, including Jasper Johns and Julie Mehretu shows.

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The Sounds of New York City Have Changed. Listen for Yourself.
Interactive, August 20

These are the sounds of a pre-pandemic New York: A parade in the streets, the roar of fans at a ballgame, the bustle of the subway. And here are those scenes today, echoes of city life that are unsettling and yet also reassuring, reminding us of t...

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The Radical Quilting of Rosie Lee Tompkins
Interactive, June 26

A triumphal retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum confirms her standing as one of the great American artists — transcending craft, challenging painting and reshaping the canon.

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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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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?