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Is it an Art Collective or a Vietnamese Ad Agency? Yes and Yes.
Arts, Today

An exhibition in San Jose, Calif., shines a light on the Propeller Group, Vietnam’s renowned art collective, as its members strike out on their own.

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New Museum Triennial Looks Great, but Plays It Safe
Weekend, Yesterday

You say you want a revolution? You won’t find it in “Songs for Sabotage,” which keeps its political voice low and its money on well-made art.

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16 Art Exhibitions to View in NYC This Weekend
Weekend, Yesterday

Our guide to new art shows, and some that will be closing soon.

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Latin American Art Collection to Find Homes in Spain and the U.S.
Weekend, Yesterday

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, who has one of the largest private troves of the art, will donate some works to the Tabacalera arts complex in Madrid.

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$50 Million for the Hammer Museum, and Fresh Energy for Arts Giving in L.A.
Weekend, Yesterday

A thriving art scene is nurturing philanthropy in Los Angeles, and young artists are moving in or staying put instead of heading to New York.

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Rock and Paper Had No Idea
Summary, February 21

In writing about a small exhibition in London, a reporter discovers the many connections between scissors and storytelling.

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What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week
Weekend, February 21

Medieval paintings and sculpture from the London dealer Sam Fogg; photographs curated by David Hartt; and Toyin Ojih Odutola’s royal portraiture.

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The Geography of Segregated Baseball in New York
Metropolitan, February 21

From fields that doubled as ice skating rinks in the winter to an actual stadium in Inwood, black baseball teams played all over the city.

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A Jeweled 19th-Century Doll Sets a Record and Heads for a New Museum
Culture, February 21

The French doll, with a necklace of gems containing tiny photographs, brought $333,500 at auction in January. It will be in the collection of the Barry Art Museum.

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They Built a Home, and With It, a Collection
Weekend, February 21

Susanne and Bill Pritchard discovered their passion for art when they commissioned a design for their dream home in Houston.

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Telling Italy’s Story Through Its Clothes
Styles, February 20

A new exhibition in Milan, “Italiana: Italy Through the Lens of Fashion,’’ argues that a Prada dress can help explain Italian identity.

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Little Italy Is Very Little, and Not Very Italian
Metro, February 19

A fire at the oldest Italian restaurant in the neighborhood further erodes the authenticity of an area that’s now better known for its souvenir shops.

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Kurdish Syria, Where the Fallen Find Fame
Foreign, February 19

Syria’s Kurds venerate their war dead with enthusiasm and no expense spared, building battlefield morale. The living even take the names of the fallen.

Nickel Tip
Metro, February 19

A memorable encounter at the end of a trip to New York.

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Finding Resilience, 25 Years After 1993 World Trade Center Bombing
Metro, February 19

As part of the commemoration of the anniversary of terror attack that killed six people, survivors are talking about the day and how they have moved on.

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American Is Charged With Stealing Terra-Cotta Warrior’s Thumb
Foreign, February 19

Michael Rohana was attending an event at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia when he entered a closed exhibition room and vandalized the 2,000-year-old statue, the authorities say.

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How to Fit All of Asia (and a Food Cart) Into a Museum Cafe?
Dining, February 16

The chef Deuki Hong and two partners won the job of revamping the menu at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco by breaking the rules.

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‘Night of the Living Dead’: Zombies Restored to Their Full Beauty
Arts & Leisure, February 15

FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel debuts a revelatory restoration of a horror classic.

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Officer Loses, Then Regains, Job After Conflict Over Confederate and Mississippi Flags
National, February 15

Wardell Jackson was disciplined after being filmed arguing with people waving the Mississippi flag, which includes a likeness of the Confederate battle flag.

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12 Art Exhibitions to View in NYC This Weekend
Weekend, February 15

Our guide to new art shows — and some that will be closing soon.

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New York Botanical Garden Names Its First Female President
Weekend, February 15

Carrie Rebora Barratt has spent most of her career as a curator and administrator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Now at MoMA, a Work That Fidel Castro Banned 18 Years Ago
Weekend, February 15

Tania Bruguera’s “Untitled (Havana, 2000)” is recreated, with a tunnel, nude bodies and videos of Fidel Castro. The work asks questions about history and politics.

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She Led Latin American Art in a Bold New Direction
Weekend, February 15

Turning to Brazil’s indigenous cultures and folklore for inspiration, Tarsila do Amaral helped give rise to the country’s Modern movement, a MoMA exhibition shows.

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Museum Employee’s Will Points to a Long-Lost Klimt Drawing
Weekend, February 15

A former secretary for a museum in Linz, Austria, detailed the location of the work in her will. She died in December, and the drawing has been returned to the city.

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A Museum Bridges the Divide Between Two Bordeaux
Dining, February 15

La Cité du Vin, in the city of Bordeaux, explains the region’s wine culture while also putting it the context of the global wine industry.

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How Elegant, How Lethal
Styles, February 15

An odd little museum exhibition in London traces the curious, double-edged life of scissors.

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Queens Museum Report Says Former Director ‘Misled the Board’
Culture, February 14

The report suggests that Laura Raicovich, who resigned on Jan. 26, was asked to step down over her handling of an Israeli government event last fall.

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Three Centuries of Valentines Offer 12,000 Ways to Say ‘I Love You’
Culture, February 13

Look inside a vast collection of cards, from as early as the 1680s, featuring pop-ups, cutouts and Civil War soldiers.

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Michelangelo Makes the Met’s Top 10 List
Culture, February 13

The show has bumped Alexander McQueen from the list of the museum’s 10 most attended exhibitions, but doesn’t come close to King Tut or the Mona Lisa.

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Obama Portraits Blend Paint and Politics, and Fact and Fiction
Culture, February 12

This Barack Obama Is No Mr. Nice Guy. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of the former president contradicts the impression he often made in office of being detached.

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The New Face of Portrait Painting
T Style, February 12

For years, the discipline was considered irrelevant. So why is it making a comeback now?

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Italy’s Far Right Targets a Museum Discount for Arabic Speakers
Foreign, February 12

Brothers of Italy says the Egyptian Museum in Turin is “discriminating against Italians” by offering a two-for-one discount for Arabic speakers.

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Tennessee Williams, Restless and Revising
Culture, February 12

A Morgan Library & Museum exhibition of the playwright’s letters and manuscripts showcases the hungers that drove and derailed him.

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Justin Trudeau’s Motorcade Involved in Minor Crash in California
National, February 10

A police officer was injured, but Mr. Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, was unhurt. The accident came after he gave a speech in Simi Valley, Calif.

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Massachusetts Agrees to Allow Berkshire Museum to Sell Its Art
Culture, February 9

The agreement to sell the treasured Rockwell, which could save the financially troubled museum, requires court approval.

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When One Dancer Is a Ghost in the Room
Arts & Leisure, February 9

The Romanian choreographer Alexandra Pirici’s “Co-natural” at the New Museum explores the relationship between inanimate bodies and real ones.

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‘Aging Pride’ Challenges the Cult of Youth
Culture, February 8

An exhibition at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna explores shifting attitudes toward beauty and age as populations grow older.

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Art and Museums in NYC This Week
Weekend, February 8

Our guide to new art shows — and some that will be closing soon.

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He Made Them Glow: A Maverick’s Portraits Live On
Weekend, February 8

Peter Hujar’s photographs of friends and lovers, at the Morgan Library & Museum, captured downtown Manhattan’s golden age before the emergence of AIDS.

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Art Looted by Nazis Gets a New Space at the Louvre. But Is It Really Home?
Foreign, February 8

The museum is displaying the work in two new rooms. Critics praise the effort but say it does little to reunite the paintings with their rightful owners.

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When a Landscape (and Memory) Is All You Have
Weekend, February 8

Timed for the Olympics, the Met puts together a show of a forbidden sight: the Diamond Mountains in North Korea. The paintings are poignant and beautiful.

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‘Cheddar Man,’ Britain’s Oldest Skeleton, Had Dark Skin, DNA Shows
Foreign, February 7

New research adds to a growing body of evidence showing how the British Isles received waves of immigrants over tens of thousands of years.

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Judge Dismisses Suit Seeking Picasso Painting From the Met
Culture, February 7

Laurel Zuckerman, administrator of the estate of Paul and Alice Leffmann, claimed Picasso’s ‘The Actor’ had been sold under duress in Nazi-era Europe.

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Judy Chicago, the Godmother
T Style, February 7

For decades, the feminist artist was pushed to the sidelines. Relevant once again, she can no longer be ignored.

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Jasper Johns Still Doesn’t Want to Explain His Art
Arts & Leisure, February 7

Mr. Johns, who is now 87 and widely regarded as America’s foremost living artist, has a new retrospective at the Broad called “Something Resembling Truth.”

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Noguchi Museum Hires New Director
Culture, February 5

Brett Littman, who currently directs the Drawing Center, will take over the Long Island City museum in May.

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Rebekah Mercer Puts a Museum’s Credibility at Risk
Op Ed, February 5

Her family’s foundation funds groups that deny climate science. She should not sit on the board of the American Museum of Natural History.

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Uncover the History of Grandma’s Kitchen Tools
Dining, February 5

The historian Richard Rabinowitz offers tips on how to find the back stories of kitchen implements in a talk at the Museum at Eldridge Street.

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Gallery Wanted to Provoke Debate by Removing Naked Nymphs Painting. It Succeeded.
Culture, February 5

A gallery in Manchester, England, purposely started a debate about how artworks are displayed and interpreted by temporarily taking down a Victorian painting.

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Security Guard at 9/11 Memorial Charged With Trafficking Firearms
Metro, February 2

The guard, Maquan Moore, and a co-defendant are accused of selling more than 25 firearms illegally.

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Meet Six Disrupters at the New Museum’s Triennial
Arts & Leisure, February 2

The 2018 triennial, titled “Songs for Sabotage,” features artists from 17 countries whose work often pushes back against social or bureaucratic power structures.

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Museums and a Performance Artist Grapple With Chuck Close’s Work
Weekend, February 1

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will keep its Chuck Close exhibition, but will add a concurrent gallery examining gender power dynamics.

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Shock of the Nude
Weekend, February 1

Turning bodies into paint brushes, Carolee Schneemann’s performances, films and art still startle, as a retrospective at MoMA PS1 shows.

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At the Noguchi Museum, Worlds of Stone Fuse the Physical and the Dreamlike
Weekend, February 1

Equal parts surreal and symbolic, modern and primitive, Gonzalo Fonseca’s miniature landscapes are relentlessly mysterious.

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Was Australopithecus an Artist?
Weekend, February 1

“First Sculpture” argues that our Stone Age ancestors created these objects not merely as tools, but as art. Can we ever really know for sure? The uncertainty is part of the pleasure of this show.

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Met Selects Pakistani Artist for Roof Garden Commission
Culture, February 1

Huma Bhabha’s work explores themes of colonialism, war and displacement.

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G.I.s ‘Without a Country,’ Protesting the Vietnam War
Weekend, January 31

David Loeb Weiss’s 1968 documentary, “No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger,” conveys the anger of black antiwar protesters.

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Curators Speak Out in Support of Departing Queens Museum Leader
Culture, January 31

An open letter signed by several important art-world figures expressed support for Laura Raicovich, who announced her resignation on Friday.

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The Problem With Chuck Close
Op Ed, January 30

We shouldn’t erase this photorealist from the history of art. But it’s O.K. to cancel his show.

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Chuck Close Is Accused of Harassment. Should His Artwork Carry an Asterisk?
Culture, January 28

Sexual harassment accusations have scuttled an exhibition of the portraitist’s work. Museums are wrestling with the implications — not just for Mr. Close, but for centuries of artists.

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Morris Louis Painting Shown at Jewish Museum, This Time Right-Side-Up
Culture, January 28

A set of red chalk arrows drawn on the back of the work suggested that its orientation had been 180 degrees off.

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Israel Slams ‘Baseless’ Holocaust Legislation in Poland
Foreign, January 27

Legislation in Poland that would outlaw blaming Poles for the crimes of the Holocaust drew condemnation from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli lawmakers.

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Trump Hits Alps, but Melania Is Frosty in Florida
Op Ed, January 27

The weather’s been stormy at the White House.

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Politically Outspoken Director of Queens Museum Steps Down
Culture, January 26

After three years in the post, Laura Raicovich says she needs to leave to accomplish her goals.

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The National Gallery of Art Cancels a Chuck Close Show After Misconduct Accusations
Culture, January 26

The museum canceled the show, planned for May, and a photography exhibition by Thomas Roma, both because of sexual misconduct accusations.

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Postcards, Jazz and Bowling
Slideshow, January 26

Benefits were held for Visual AIDS, the Stuttering Association for the Young, and the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

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Curators at Museum of Natural History Object to a Trustee
Culture, January 26

Several members of the museum’s staff have sent a letter protesting Rebekah Mercer’s position on the board.

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Your Week in Culture: Outsider Art, Claude Debussy, the Godfathers of ‘Black Panther’
Arts & Leisure, January 26

The National Gallery embraces isolated artists, and Carnegie Hall marks Claude Debussy’s death.

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Museum Told White House: No Van Gogh, but Here’s a Gold Toilet
Culture, January 25

Officials at the Guggenheim Museum are being tight-lipped about a report in the The Washington Post that describes a strange email sent by the museum’s chief curator.

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A Science Denier at the Natural History Museum? Scientists Rebel
Climate, January 25

More than 200 scientists and other academics are asking the American Museum of Natural History to remove Rebekah Mercer, an influential donor to conservative causes, from its board.

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A Museum’s Fresh Take on the Whole Megillah
Weekend, January 25

“Scenes From the Collection” at the Jewish Museum puts visual art, not just history, at the museum’s heart.

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How Design for One Turns Into Design for All
Weekend, January 24

Historically, products made for people with different physical, cognitive and sensory abilities have been ugly and woefully designed. Not anymore.

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These Shadow Boxes Are Striking. The Story of Their Origin Is, Too.
Weekend, January 24

“Birds of a Feather” at the Met Museum highlights Joseph Cornell’s infatuation with a Cubist masterwork by Juan Gris.

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Ettore Sottsass Exhibition Canceled After Museum and Estate Clash
Culture, January 24

The Stedelijk in Amsterdam will no longer present a retrospective of the Italian designer and architect’s work in April.