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The recent Louise Bourgeois exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington was titled “No Exit,” as in the play by Jean-Paul Sartre, because Bourgeois liked to think of herself as a rational existentialist like Sartre, and not as … Continued

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Since first making a name for himself in the aftermath of the 2005 Paris riots, the French street artist known simply as JR has traveled to impoverished and troubled hotspots around the globe, using his art—guerrilla photo installations pasted onto urban … Continued

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Portrait of a Generation, JR, street art, wrinkles of the city

A self-described “art renegade,” Kelly Moore sells his wares in his extravagantly appointed studio, the Dark Bird Palace, at the Tesuque Reservation Flea Market, which is located five miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico (March through October, Thursday—Sunday, at … Continued

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British artist Francis Bacon (1909—92) was a giant of 20th-century art and an individualist. His surreal, figurative imagery has many fans and a few followers (such as Lucian Freud), but it’s mostly inimitable, adding up to a uniquely dreamlike—and sometimes … Continued

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The dramatic tower of I.M. Pei’s East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., had been closed for renovations for nearly three years. On September 30, it re-opened with a dazzling new exhibition of the works of … Continued

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His drip paintings became an emblem of modern American art, the New World’s stamp on Abstract Expressionism. From his home and studio in East Hampton, Long Island, his creative explosion became the epicenter of the art world. His name was … Continued

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Artist Jackson Pollock dribbling sand on painting while working in his studio. (Photo by Martha Holmes/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a street kid and a graffiti master who ascended to the top of the art world in the early 1980s, befriending Andy Warhol and making millions. Brooklyn-born, he had a Haitian father and a Puerto Rican mother, … Continued

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The Mexican Revolution began in 1910 and lasted for most of the decade. More than a million people lost their lives, and the country was transformed, forcing electoral, land and labor reforms and the establishment of a new constitution in … Continued

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The French artist JR’s eye-catching black-and-white photographs, posted as street art throughout the world, took on a monumental dimension last August. Chosen as one of three “artists in residence” at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro—the other two were … Continued

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In the 1930s, America was a different place. Having been through a horrific World War, the U.S. emerged a world power and then retreated into isolation from world affairs. The 1920s were a period of expansion, experimentation—the Jazz Age. Immigrants … Continued

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The West is such an integral part of our national myth, it’s not surprising that it has played such an formative role in the art of Ed Ruscha, the ur-American artist of our times. Born in Oklahoma, Ruscha left home … Continued

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Richard Prince is the artist who made “rephotographing” (taking photographs of photographs in publications like the New York Times) famous and whose work—from “Cowboy” sculptures  to “Naughty Nurse” paintings— is priced in the millions. “Rephotography is a technique for stealing … Continued

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Jane Maxwell is a Boston-based artist who is interested in exploring body image in art. She has always had a passion for vintage materials, fashion and design and a fascination with pop culture and the feminine ideal. In her deeply … Continued

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On the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Dada movement, Hauser & Wirth presented an exhibit of two seminal Dada artists, Kurt Schwitters and Hans Arp, along with the Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miró, who was profoundly influenced … Continued

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nicole eisenman at anton kern gallery, Another Green World

Nicole Eisenman first made her mark with a series of drawings—some of which made it into the 1995 Whitney Biennial—that presented a feminist passion with a sexy, cartoonish sensibility. As a lesbian artist, Eisenman also tapped into—as Art in Print … Continued

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Known as one of the founders of Impressionism—and a key figure in 19th-century art—Degas and his graceful female figures, mostly ballet dancers, in pale, diaphanous fabrics and outstretched poses, have been imprinted in the visual memories of people around the … Continued

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In 1990, one year after Robert Mapplethorpe died of AIDS—at age 42—a grand jury indicted the director of Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center for exhibiting Mapplethorpe’s “obscene” photographs. The images in question showed explicit acts of sadomasochistic gay sex—including shots of … Continued

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Tony Oursler’s Underwater (Blue/Green) (1996) Oursler is an American multimedia artist whose work often incorporates elements of psychology and technology. In this 1995 installation, Underwater (Green/Blue), Oursler projects a man’s head into a tank of water. Trying to evoke a sense … Continued

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jean michel basquiat untitled skull 1981, abstract art
leonardo da vinci la scapigliata, head of a woman

When is a work of art done? Should it ever be completed? These are the questions posed by “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible,” the awe-inspiring inaugural exhibition of the new Met Breuer in New York—the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renovated modern-art … Continued

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“Some artists specialize in making life difficult for ourselves by choosing risqué subject matter,” says Ray Leaning about his own quest in creating erotic art. “It’s an obsession, I admit. I’ll go on drawing and painting foxy ladies, because I … Continued

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obert rauschenberg and susan weil, abstract painting

A recent discovery of photographic negatives from the University of Illinois at Chicago library archives brought to light an early part of iconic artist Robert Rauschenberg’s career. In the early 1950s, when Rauschenberg was living with artist Susan Weil in … Continued

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If you had to choose one artist who personified Abstract Expressionism—someone who put New York on the map as the epicenter of the art world in the post–World War II era, and whose passion literally exploded the restrained, modernist mind-set … Continued

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(GERMANY OUT) PEGGY GUGGENHEIM (1898-1979). American art collector. Guggenheim under a sculpture by Alexander Calder in 1961. (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

When Peggy Guggenheim—whose grandfather made a fortune in mining and smelting, and whose father died aboard the Titanic with his valet and chauffeur—turned 21 in 1919, she inherited $2.5 million. With that money, she amassed one of the great collections … Continued

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Although Nauman—who’s developed an artistic reputation for “probing relentlessly into the darker aspects of American life”—nabbed some admirers of his work right out of art school, his reputation as a modern art genius really took off in the 1980s, when … Continued

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the art of collage, robert motherwell, abstract art exhibit, The Irregular Heart

Robert Motherwell was one of the radical maestros of the “New York School”—a term he himself coined—who, along with Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko, turned Abstract Expressionism into the reigning movement in art in the United States … Continued

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“Rayographs” were actually photographs of an unusual sort: these radical new Dada images were made by the American expatriate artist Man Ray in Paris in the 1920s without a camera or lenses. Instead, he placed a variety of objects—discs, coils, … Continued

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According to Patti Smith, writing in the catalog of this splendid show, Lee Krasner’s work “provides us with the markers toward her eventual full-bloomed entry into a male-dominated world, forever establishing herself on equal ground, where aspects of gender may … Continued

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Georgia O’Keeffe was a trailblazer without even trying to be. Born in 1887, she was the first acclaimed female modernist—she is known as “the mother of American modernism”—and she was the first woman artist to have a retrospective at the … Continued

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During the excavation of the volcano-destroyed town of Pompeii in the mid-19th century, archaeologists discovered a shockingly wide range of erotic art. There was a sculpture that depicted Pan—the god of Nature—copulating with a goat. There were wall paintings of … Continued

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Just a short train ride from Barcelona on the Mediterranean coast, the small town of Figueres is where the great surrealist Salvador Dalí was born and raised. In 1960, Dalí, by then a hugely successful art star and an international … Continued

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Portrait of Dali, teatro museo Dali Detail of a photographic portrait of Dali in Dali museum theater, Figueras, Gerona province (Photo by Quim Llenas/Cover/Getty Images)

The great Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863–1944) is best known and loved for his mesmerizing pastel, The Scream (see below), which has become an emblem of nightmarish emotion. But despite a life filled infamously with mental anguish, Munch created a … Continued

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PROVOKR was in the process of preparing a story on Zaha Hadid when we learned of her sudden and shocking death from a heart attack on March 31 at the age of 65. We were in awe of her unique … Continued

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It started in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1916, right in the middle of World War I, as artists from all over Europe who were disgusted with the state of things converged in a concerted effort to give the art world an … Continued

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For it’s first major exhibition since it opened its doors in downtown Los Angeles, The Broad presented “Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life,” a comprehensive survey of this influential artist’s work over four decades, last summer and fall. It featured nearly … Continued

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William Wegman Summer Show, 2014 oil and postcards on wood panel 30 x 40 inches (76 x 101,5 cm) SW 16048

Best known for the photographs he has done over the years of his beloved Weimaraner dogs in unforgettable anthropomorphic poses and costumes, William Wegman was actually trained as a painter. “I studied painting in art school,” he says, “but by … Continued

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In his most recent show at Skarstedt, New York, Eric Fischl, known for both his lush figurative paintings of suburban life and his jaundiced eye, confronted the war between the spiritual and the commercial at art fairs. The climax of … Continued

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Eric Fischl, Rift Raft exhibit at skarstedt gallery, Her, 2016

Abstract Expressionism was a movement in art in the post–World War II years that turned New York into the center of the art world and American artists into international icons. Even so, the movement itself was always presented as overwhelmingly … Continued

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Banksy, of course, is not his real name, but the artist believed to have been born in Bristol, England, in 1974, wishes to remain anonymous and thus free to subvert the system of art ownership and collecting and appreciation that … Continued

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Alice Neel is arguably the greatest portrait painter of the 20th century. Her work went mostly unheralded until the 1970s, when she was elderly but still working, and women artists were finally beginning to get their due; she died in … Continued

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Ramiro Gomez was born in San Bernardino, California, in 1986 to undocumented immigrant parents. The art he would grow up to make is a sly comment on the world he inhabited, deconstructing the divide between the privileged few and their … Continued

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He died in 1964, on the eve of the Pop explosion that sent mid-century modernist painters spinning, but Stuart Davis’s work, which mixes American advertising style with the movements (cubist, dada, Abstract Expressionism) that he grew up with, presages the … Continued

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Carole A. Feuerman came to prominence at a time when women artists were just beginning to build momentum in the art world, in the 1980s and ’90s. Today she continues to create hyper-realistic sculpture in the tradition made famous by … Continued

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Utopian modernist and Bauhaus teacher László Moholy-Nagy hadn’t had a comprehensive museum retrospective of his work in 50 years until the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, in conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles … Continued

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A mix of Pop and conceptual art, Jonathan Horowitz’s work is provocative in an explicitly political way. Like the greats of Pop Art—Warhol, Lichtenstein—he appropriates pop-culture images in a celebratory, faux-naive way. But he also engages us in a cultural … Continued

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British artist Tracey Emin takes a sexually provocative stance to her work, as a way of locating it within a feminist tradition—the personal as political. We are quite taken with the spareness and raw sensuousness of the paintings and prints … Continued

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“Louise Fishman: A Retrospective,” which ran last spring and summer, was the first museum survey show ever of this accomplished, senior American artist. It was organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York, part of the SUNY … Continued

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It was a very precise self-assignment: For his recent show at the Royal Academy of Art in London, David Hockney returned to his studio in Los Angeles and invited people up to sit for him for three days. Twenty hours … Continued

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The newest art star in the New York scene is Carmen Herrera, a Cuban-born 101-year-old woman who has been doing her own brand of geometric, hard-edged abstraction for more than 50 years, virtually unknown. Born into an affluent family in … Continued

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Alfred Leslie is a trend-setting, multitalented American artist. He was born in the Bronx in 1927, and after serving in World War II, became an Abstract Expressionist and achieved success and recognition in the 1950s. He also branched out into … Continued

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Lining the spiraling walls of the famous rotunda of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, “Agnes Martin,” a major retrospective of the artist’s work, is the first since her death in 2004. It runs through January 11, 2017. … Continued

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One of the great figures of postwar European art, Yves Klein (1928-1962) was a leading proponent of the avant-garde Nouveau réalisme movement, an effort to find radical new ways of seeing and of defining art. A retrospective at the at … Continued

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Ella Kruglyanskaya’s paintings look at women in a way that subverts the male gaze. She uses bright, saturated colors and depicts women as friends interrelating, their bodies strong and clothed. And while she uses traditional techniques, such as egg tempera … Continued

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Sandro Chia is among the leading Italian contemporary painters of the 1980s and 1990s, his work from this period on a par with contemporaries like Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi and Mimmo Paladino. But in the early 2000s, he walked away … Continued

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Jim Kempner Fine Art presents Outside the Box: Rare, Experimental and Groundbreaking work from Four Decades. The exhibition features a selection of Robert Rauschenberg’s prints and multiples from a number of different series spanning the 1960s thru the 1990s. The … Continued

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In 1968, at the age of 49, the Austrian painter Maria Lassnig moved from Paris to New York City to be in, as she called it, “the country of strong women.” She lived there for the next 12 years in … Continued

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For the paintings in his ninth solo show with Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York, “Charlie Hewitt: New Paintings, Sculpture & Ceramics,” recently completed, Hewitt focused less on brushwork and used an array of tools, such as sponges, paint … Continued

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Provincetown, Massachusetts, on the furthest tip of Cape Cod, is home to the oldest and largest continuous art colony in the United States. The town, the historic fishing village where the Pilgrims first landed in the New World and wrote … Continued

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In 1950’s and 1960’s New York, Pop Art had yet to transform the art world, Soho was still light years away and young contemporary artists were fed up with the slick commercialism of the galleries uptown. So they migrated down … Continued

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After three years of running the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Jeffrey Deitch has returned to New York and reopened his old Jeffrey Deitch Projects space on Wooster Street in SoHo. For his first show at the revived … Continued

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The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is best known for its collection of art ranging from ancient times to 1900. But it recently presented an exhibit (in conjunction with the Tate in London) of 20th-century artists who radically … Continued

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Cy Twombly, one of the greatest painters of 20th century, died at the age of 83 in 2011 in Rome, where he lived when not in the United States, merging as he did the origins of Mediterranean culture with Abstract … Continued

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In 1971 feminist art historian Linda Nochlin published the essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” to call out the art world on the lack of balance keeping female artists from achieving on a par with male peers. Times … Continued

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The women painted by Gustav Klimt in Vienna at the height of the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s golden age, from 1900 to 1918, were part of a very art-conscious bourgeoisie. Some were avid collectors of his work; others were interested in art … Continued

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“SPEED POWER TIME HEART,” an installation at Gladstone64 in New York through December 21, is the first show by Elizabeth Peyton at Gladstone Gallery. Her work has been exhibited extensively and globally in galleries and museums, and is in leading … Continued

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The images on display in the Museum of the City of New York’s show, “Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York,”, are probably familiar to anyone who has lived in New York over the years, even those who … Continued

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Surrealist painter Wilfredo Lam was born in Cuba in 1902. His mother was of Spanish and African heritage, and his father was Cantonese Chinese. After traveling for 18 years in Europe, making connections with such artists and writers such as … Continued

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Ariel Shallit’s memorable portraits present a unique new way of looking at the famous and the familiar—one that upends our expectations and asks us to genuinely examine the face in front of us. Shallit uses black and white photography for his art, appropriating … Continued

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“Rosalyn Drexler, 88, has worn many hats,” wrote Phoebe Hoban in the New York Times Style Magazine. “Born in 1926 and raised in East Harlem and the Bronx, she traveled around the country in the late 1950s as a wrestler: … Continued

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The exhibition “Max Beckmann in New York,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through February 20, 2017, puts a spotlight on the artist’s special connection with New York City. It will feature 14 paintings that Beckmann created while living in … Continued

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Bill (2015), by Daniel Richter. Oil on canvas. 200 x 270 cm. Private Collection, Rotterdam. Courtesy Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris – Salzburg. Photo: Jens Ziehe/Photographie.

The magnificent, sleekly modernist Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark, is nestled into a parklike seaside setting 25 miles north of Copenhagen, with Sweden not far away across the Øresund. Through January 8, 2017, it will present “Daniel … Continued

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This year’s 78th Whitney Biennial, curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks is the first to take place in the museum’s new Meatpacking District location. Current controversy over painter Dana Schutz’s subject matter aside, the show has been a critical success … Continued

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Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Ray Johnson, the next exhibition in his gallery at 523 West 24th Street. Included are over thirty collages spanning nearly three decades. It was during Johnson’s reclusive final decades that he created most of … Continued

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The great modern master René Magritte was born in Lessines, Belgium, in 1898, and began taking drawing lessons at the age of 10. His father, Léopold, was a textile merchant. His mother, Régina, committed suicide (after several attempts) when Magritte … Continued

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One of the most influential figures the Abstract Expressionist movement, Clyfford Still led the way in the shift from representational to abstract painting. His raw, powerful abstracts predate the work of peers like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman by … Continued

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Though all of these powerful figures are “classic” statues, they actually are art from many different eras, from truly classical times in ancient Greece and Rome, to the classical-revival works of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, to the neoclassical stylings … Continued

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If you go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you see all of the classics. “Cypresses” by Van Gogh and “The Death of Socrates” by Jacques Louis David. What you might not recognize is the exhibit entitled Marsden Hartley’s Maine. … Continued

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The Yale Art Gallery presents a selection of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by important Middle East artists rarely exhibited in the United States. The artwork on display is from the Barjeel Art Foundation, an impressive collection of modern and … Continued

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Shakir Hassan Al Said - The Victorious

He was born in Paris in 1879 to a French mother and Cuban father. After painting in an Impressionist style in his younger days, he made an influential series of Cubist works, became a key figure in the revolutionary Dada … Continued

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Presenting a new view of two of the twentieth century’s most extraordinary painters, Matisse/Diebenkorn is the first major exhibition to explore the profound inspiration Richard Diebenkorn found in the work of Henri Matisse. It brings together one hundred extraordinary paintings and … Continued

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2017 marks the centennial anniversary of 1917’s Russian Revolution. To shine a light on this watershed moment in history, The Museum of Modern Art has brought together 260 works of art from its permanent collection, the most extensive collection of Russian … Continued

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The Renaissance brought a renewed interest in philosophy, science, literature, architecture and art—and wow, are we glad it did. In Renaissance painting, Classical themes plus a new humanism meant a change in subject matter that, lucky for us, quite often included creative exploration of … Continued

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At first glance, the work of Robert Mars delivers a bold statement—large scale pop images, iconic celebrities and the emblems of American success laid out in appealing and seductive compositions. But look closer, and just behind these glamorous, fascinating images … Continued

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Through April 2, the Tate Modern in London is presenting a retrospective of the works of Robert Rauschenberg. Each chapter of the artist’s six-decade career is represented in the show, including loans of major works that rarely travel. Among them … Continued

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Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors promises an unforgettable art experience, a unique opportunity to discover a legendary avant-gardist whose work influenced contemporaries from Andy Warhol to Claes Oldenburg, Donald Judd and more. This Hirschhorn exhibition is the first to focus on Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity … Continued

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Fact: women get marginalized. Also a fact: when it happens, women get loud and make themselves heard. The art world is no exception. Riot Grrrls, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is a direct response to gender bias with a celebration of bold, breakthrough abstract … Continued

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Kerry James Marshall was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955. His paintings, most of them large-scale works featuring African-American subjects, are composed in a style that blends social realism with outsider art and demonstrate a critical, self-conscious and sensuous eye. … Continued

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Behind many venerable institutions are radical beginnings, and that is certainly true for art museums, such as Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. In honor of its 80th anniversary, the Guggenheim has selected more than 170 modern works from its permanent collection to … Continued

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Who is Fabrika Ouch? Is it a “Brooklyn-based art project led by Russian artist from St. Petersburg Ouch,” as stated in the Fabrika Ouch website? Or is it “an art production company based in New York that finds their inspiration … Continued

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The remarkably astute gallerist and collector Virginia Dwan, who had galleries in Los Angeles and New York, has been honored with a show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., through January 29. It’s called “Los Angeles to New … Continued

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Good news—painting is alive and well, thriving in the studio of Mr. David Salle. In his new work at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris, Salle’s painting is big, bold, and more direct than ever before, a jumble of images that … Continued

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One of the biggest losses of music going from LPs to digital—besides the comforting click and pop sounds of a needle on vinyl—is the shrinking size of the album cover art canvases, so often illustrated with the exquisite vision of … Continued

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Marilyn Minter’s sensual paintings, photographs and videos vividly explore the complex and contradictory emotions that are evoked by beauty and the female body in American culture. She trains her eye and her critique on the power of desire and the … Continued

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The most sensual and cerebral art embraces contradiction. The clashing of colors, the deliberately tense laying of shapes in relation to each other, hard edges over soft, gossamer wisps of medium – these juxtaposed elements are the heartbeat felt throughout … Continued

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Cross-pollination pervades the art field. Painters who unwind with a guitar in hand, dancers who sketch, musicians who turn their songs into dance moves – it’s common for artists of all kinds to be magnetically drawn to multiple art forms … Continued

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Embracing new angles, opening oneself to experimentation, and concluding before the passion is gone – initiating a design piece is much like exploring a new lover. Few architects exemplify this as well as Frank Lloyd Wright, whose work is the subject … Continued

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Frank Lloyd Wright drawing March Balloons MoMA

American fine artist and photographer Christopher Beane creates beautifully psychedelic art from paint and his photographs of flowers. There is a profound sense of power in his use of color and tension with nature in these unique images. Each is an arresting … Continued

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British-born David Mitchell began his career as a photographer in the early eighties in London, Florence and Milan. In 1991 he moved to Hong Kong where he found instant success shooting for prestigious fashion labels including Christian Dior and Laura … Continued

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Italian artist Mimmo Rotella experienced an artistic crisis in 1953. Unsatisfied with his work as an abstract painter, he completely stopped making art, convinced that the medium had nothing left to say. But out of this crisis, Rotella hit upon … Continued

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Who is speaking? To whom? In his new work Bochner assumes various voices from the super-serious to the absurd. A strong vein of irony and humor flows through them. As poet Jeremy Sigler writes in the catalog: “… I would … Continued

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In the 1980s, when performance art, installation art and video were just coming into their own, painting could have easily given way to these new avenues for artistic expression. Instead, what happened was a painting renaissance, an explosive reinvention of the … Continued

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Rei Kawakubo/Comme Des Garçons: Art of the In-Between at the Met wins for its mind-bogglingly deconstruction and reconstruction of traditional fabrics, colors, and garments, which resulted in something entirely surreal and remarkable.

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Kara Walker

Kara Walker was a powerhouse in 2017 with her critically-acclaimed exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. that directly criticized the recent rise of white supremacy, Trump, and the repetition of violent histories.

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ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: AMONG FRIENDS at MoMA was a brilliant and exemplary illustration of an artist who reshaped post-war art practices. It was a truly stunning and breathtaking display of his work.

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Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry at Moca Los Angeles was an elegant and triumphant finale for an exhibition that received praise for its spare installation and powerful narratives regarding painting, history, family, violence, and race.

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There’s a lot of scary shit going around right now. Some of it’s catchy, like memes with truisms about the Earth trying to evict humans, and visual metaphors for which unsavory beasts bear the closest resemblance to various politicians. Some … Continued

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Georg Baselitz Blocked Painter Guggenhiem

Everyone has a type. The biker bad-boy, the starched executive, the wounded lone wolf, the self-deprecating comedian, the military hero – there’s always one we idolize, no matter how many times romantic practice cautions against it. This inner conflict between … Continued

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Many artists have gained their reputation through developing a recognizable set of stylistic or conceptual cues. Laura Owens happens to have taken the opposite approach. Since the 1990s, when painting was then considered a dead end, Owens took up the … Continued

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Barbara Hammer

Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies at the Leslie-Lohman Museum was an ecstatic homage to the original (and long overlooked) pioneer of queer cinema and video.

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In 1959, Robert Rauschenberg wrote, “Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made. (I try to act in that gap between the two.)” His work in this gap shaped artistic practice for decades to come. The early … Continued

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David Hockney "Yellow Chair with Shadow Los Angeles April 18th 1982" Composite polaroid 35" x 20" © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

Great art is like great sex – it allows for the exploration of boundaries, makes you weak in the knees, and occasionally, people cheat. David Hockney once said, “The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you’re an artist.” … Continued

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Strip down any view of the horizon to its barest element and what’s left is a horizontal line. Such raw, bare imagery is the subject of The Horizontal, a new group exhibition at Cheim & Read NYC, where 21 intergenerational … Continued

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The idiom, “playing with fire” implies the kind of wild recklessness that can only be fueled by sexual desire, power, or money. In the case of the late Carlos Almaraz and his artwork, all three support his hypnotic point of … Continued

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Iconic Surrealist artist Max Ernst was French and American by blood, and born in Germany in 1891. If we were to translate that into erotic clichés, one might estimate him to be a well-read romantic with a hero complex and … Continued

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Louis Fratino: So, I’ve Got You At Thierry Goldberg was a movingly intimate exploration into the nuances of male love and sexuality.

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Knowing how an artist touches his or her work, whether it’s like a thoughtful lover or a BDSM hookup, helps onlookers better absorb the art. It enables us to imagine the work being made. Often we classify pieces by saying … Continued

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This unique exhibition of Robert Motherwell at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York City is wonderful in so many ways. We get to witness the artist’s early explorations in painting and his changing creative direction. Initially, Motherwell was under a … Continued

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David Salle a master of postmodern painting, who for over 40 years has deconstructed the image by embracing the performative as well as cinematic aspects of his medium, new work Ham and Cheese and other Paintings is being shown at … Continued

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The exhibit at the Jewish Museum in New York looks at the artist after he arrived in Paris in 1906. In these years prior to World War l, Modigliani stopped painting and focused on drawing and sculpture. The works are … Continued

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Painted between 1959 and 1962, Krasner’s Umber Paintings on display at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in NYC are incredibly emotional exercises. This solo exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and focuses on these iconic works only and … Continued

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The word “seedy” paints a clear picture in the mind of anyone using it to describe a place. More often than not, that place is urban and bears a strong resemblance to the drug-laced crumbles of pre-gentrification New York City … Continued

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Friedrich Nietzche once wrote, “To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” History is dense with famous aphorisms about agony, as it is one of the constants in the human condition. Turmoil is … Continued

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What happens when a former punk rocker takes on sex, drugs, astrology, myth, and the history of art in the form of paintings? Well, to get an idea of what the results may look like, I recommend looking at Sally … Continued

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With a new year comes a new slew of exhibitions. One that we are looking forward to at PROVOKR is Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ at The Broad. The show opens on February 10 in Los Angeles, and the iconic American … Continued

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Painting by Jacques Mahe de la Villegle

The year is coming to a close, and I think many can agree that 2017 has been one hell of a rollercoaster. When it comes to the concern of what art can do for us in these tumultuous times, we … Continued

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Addiction is a powerful thing, and it comes in many forms: A brutal, invasive carnivore on the underbelly of an obituary; an insatiable need to consume all the tiramisu in the world; a chemical dependence on getting off, or on … Continued

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As we look back on 2017, there were thousands of art exhibitions in the hundreds of major museums around the world. Many of these shows were worth seeing, but of course, some favorites stick out. We have compiled a roundup … Continued

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Collage (officially speaking) is over 100 years old. Whether Pablo Picasso or Georges Braque invented it first doesn’t really matter, but what became of this technique is much more interesting. Fritz Bultman, who lived from 1919 to 1985, is one … Continued

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Painting by Gianna Commito

The dialogue between architecture and fine art is nothing new. Russian artists were exploring that realm over a century ago, yet it still remains fertile ground and a point of interest for artists. Think of El Lissitzky’s spiritual planes of … Continued

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Cuba has become a place of increasing interest, especially within the art world. With somewhat relaxed dynamics between the United States and the tropical nation, institutions are finally giving credit to the incredible work that was produced by Cubans since … Continued

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Artwork by Howardena Pindell

One of our favorite sayings was gifted by designer Tim Gunn: Make it work. Running out of time? Make it work. Can’t decide between lovers? Make it work. If you find yourself between hard places you make it work, and … Continued

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Kiki Smith has been a major figure in the art world for several decades, but her career has been relatively subdued outside of America. However, Munich’s Haus der Kunst is looking to change this with a major survey of Smith’s … Continued

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Painting by Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter is arguably one of the most famous, elusive, and respected living artists. He has had numerous exhibitions at the most prestigious galleries and museums in the world, was the subject of a documentary, and has more than a … Continued

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Los Angeles is a place, a phrase, a culture, and a myriad of cliches and histories. It’s not a surprise that West Coast artists are fascinated by the silver screen, car culture, or the dualities of violence and glamour that … Continued

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Los Angeles is the entertainment industry. If you don’t work directly for film and television, it’s likely you indirectly or tangentially have some connection to Hollywood. You have to wonder what sort of psychological effect that has on a regional … Continued

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The New Museum Triennial is only in its fourth iteration, but is already as famous as any large scale art fair or biennial. There is good reason for its notoriety: the New Museum gives emerging artists and curators nearly total … Continued

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Painting by Tomm El-Saieh

Cy Twombly was unique in his contradictions. He was thoroughly American while also a globetrotter, with his home and studio in Virginia and his homes in Italy. His loose scribbles and dripping paint and wax always have a child-like quality, … Continued

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The non-western world is the stylistic foundation for western Modernism. It’s a fact that still doesn’t receive enough credit, and Japan was one of the countries that helped drive our own culture forward. The greatest impact Japan had was on … Continued

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Clarity: what does a word like that mean today? There are plenty of interpretations that range from the literal to the psychological to the environmental. Abstraction (which rarely deals in clarity) oddly seems to provide one answer when in the … Continued

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Street art has a bit of a marred reputation these days. What was once a defiant gesture has been co-opted by the rich and normalized in our culture. However, certain artists use their graffiti skills to less redundant ends, and … Continued

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What is the most contested thing on this earth? Well, readers, not to make any bold claims, but I think the female body is certainly at the top of the list. All forms of media and representation throughout history lends … Continued

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Modernism, and all that it encompassed, was based on idealism and an elevation of the human mind and spirit. However, things didn’t go quite as planned. Movements like Art Deco and Futurism were co-opted by Fascism, cities in the United … Continued

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Painting by William LaChance

Composure and balance often leads to a peaceful and serene state of mind, but balance is a tenuous state. Stillness can always topple into motion, and order can be consumed by chaos. Painting has long been concerned with balance and … Continued

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Consider the work of the Surrealists or the painted cutouts of Matisse. Just think about it for a moment. It’s nice, right? It could be described as elegant, modern in the twentieth-century sense, playful or psychological in nature. However, I … Continued

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Detail of painting by Torkwase Dyson

The Romantic notion of art is rooted in the power of nature, and the profound awe of the sublime. This came from an artistic reaction to the Enlightenment in seventeenth-century Europe, and one could argue that many artists are in … Continued

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Modernism was a global movement with communities in dialogue and absorbing various schools of thought and practices. However, canonically speaking, European modernism has always taken center stage. As much as Picasso or Matisse or Giacometti deserve credit, it is important … Continued

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Painting by Marlene Dumas

The Dutch artist Marlene Dumas has been a constant presence in the art world since her rise to fame in the 1980s, and as time goes on, she seems to grow more and more ambitious as an artist. Her new … Continued

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Mysticism and spirituality has been one of the major tenets of art over the course of its long and winding history. When discussing these topics through the lens of the western canon, Catholicism and other iterations of Christianity defined this … Continued

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For decades Chicago has been an oasis between the two coasts for American artists. Jim Nutt, Christina Ramberg, Kerry James Marshall, and Michelle Grabner are just a few artists who have called Chicago their home. Another is the painter Miyoko … Continued

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Time is something both real and imagined. We may wake up to an alarm clock in the morning or see lines form around our eyes, but our imagination of time is extremely limited. Time is essentially abstract, and impossible to … Continued

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Painting by Henry Gunderson

Does every mystery need to be resolved? At Carl Kostyál’s London outpost, the artist Henry Gunderson answers that question with a resounding “no.” In a tightly edited and technically accomplished set of paintings, Formula One is an exhibition that takes … Continued

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In the post-postmodern world, art has become much more layered. Appropriation of imagery, style, and narrative are common, and are often effective with the right artist. However, sometimes the references and techniques work together so beautifully that the artwork you … Continued

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Painting by Emily Mae Smith

After the first blush of modernism in Europe, the post-war art world relocated to America. This is partially due to Abstract Expressionism, and partially due to the exile of artists to the United States during Nazi invasions. However, this narrative … Continued

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Tomma Abts is a painter, and has one of the most accomplished careers in Europe. After all, this German artist won the Turner Prize in 2006. However, she has yet to have a major survey in the United Kingdom. The … Continued

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Painting by Edward Burra

In our current state of affairs, death and disaster is a near constant presence in our media saturated culture. So it may seem that World War I, which ended exactly a century ago, was simply a historic event that now … Continued

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David Wojnarowicz began as one of many artists and poets in 1980s New York, but now he lives on as a legendary figure that represents art engaged with activism, politics, and marginalized communities and histories. The Whitney Museum’s spectacular (and … Continued

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Making art that is odd or hard to define is not an easy feat. In our post-post-modern world, just about everything has been done. You have everything from the baroque to the minimal. However, Propositions, a new show by the … Continued

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The cultural norms and traditions of our world has been defined for thousands of years by patriarchal systems of power. This visual world is no different, which if we follow Freudian symbolism, includes the prominent use of the phallus throughout … Continued

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Artists often have fits and spasms of styles in their early years. Any number of artists from the canon of art history developed and evolved over the course of their lives. However, there are rare cases where an artist immediately … Continued

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What can one say about Andy Warhol that hasn’t already been said? He has inspired, infuriated, and amused critics, his peers, and artists of later generations. His work has been shown around the world, and his auction prices soar with … Continued

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Provincetown is a picturesque place to vacation during the summertime, but it’s also a haven for outsiders. Artists and queer populations have long flocked to this town on the tip of Cape Cod for its laid back attitude and hospitality … Continued

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Precisionism was born in the 1920s, and is arguably one of the first American art movements. The works of the Precisionists were known for clean, geometric forms that glorified the industrial American landscape. It went on to influence the Pop … Continued

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Marilyn Minter’s recent exhibitions were a continuation of her large format photographs and paintings that show lips, hair, and flesh. They feel just as sexy, lush, and provocative as when Minter began working.

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It isn’t often that a creative master is revealed to be talented in another form of art, but we do have examples. Jacques Henri Lartigue was a skilled painter, but he was made famous because of his photography. Serge Gainsbourg … Continued

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Painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat belongs to a group of artists that quickly came into their own voice and prowess as an artist, but only produced work for a brief time before an untimely demise. Tomasso Masaccio, Egon Schiele, Franz Marc, Eva Hesse, … Continued

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The Russian Revolution of 1917 was possibly one of the most seismic moments in twentieth-century history, and Bolshevik ideals trickled down into every aspect of the culture. Notably, Jewish people residing in Russia finally received some legal protections, and most … Continued

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Drawing by Lazar Khidekel
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Although Wojnarowicz died in the 1990s, the artist experienced a resurgence this year during his major retrospective at the Whitney Museum, and in our current political era, the work shone with renewed brilliance and urgency.

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Molesworth is a critical darling and a progressive advocate, and her work as Chief Curator of MoCA Los Angeles displayed her passion and intelligence.

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Walker’s show at Anat Ebgi may have just followed an aging beauty queen, but the results hauntingly expressed the oppressive stress and routine of late capitalism on the female body and mind.

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Robert Rauschenberg is not the first artist you may associate with Los Angeles. Perhaps Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, or Mike Kelley spring to mind. Rauschenberg is more known for his time in New York and Florida, but an exhibition at … Continued

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Detail of print by Robert Rauschenberg

Nostalgia for the cozy-knit ease of the ‘90s tightened its grip on society several seasons ago, and just as Calvin Klein epitomized minimalist chic, Dutch painter Karel Appel captured the type of beauty that looks best messy. A series of … Continued

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If I told you that the Metropolitan Museum of Art was presenting works on paper from three long-dead artists in their collection, you wouldn’t immediately think sex. However, Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso from the Scofield Thayer Collection … Continued

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Drawing by Egon Schiele
Collage by Martha Rosler

Martha Rosler has been working since the 1960s, and she came up during one of the first major waves of protest art, and today she is busier and more relevant than ever. From gender politics to war to capitalism, Rosler … Continued

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2018 was a dynamic year for art exhibitions globally. Whether at a small gallery in Los Angeles or a sleek museum in Paris, stimulating, moving, and provocative work was shown. This was also a year of political and social turmoil, … Continued

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The oft-quoted but never duplicated Pop master was given a stunning reassessment of Warhol’s themes and interests by curator Donna DeSalvo.

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Certain artists throughout history have been able to push their mediums in new and powerful ways. Over the course of western Modernism you can see periodic breakthroughs. For example, Manet introduced Impressionism, af Klint and Malevich reached total abstraction, Picasso … Continued

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Nigel Cooke is a painter who has already established a mature and distinctive point of view for an artist who is only in his mid-forties. In a new exhibition of paintings and works on paper at Pace Gallery’s Hong Kong’s … Continued

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The months of November and December are usually when retailers are at their most flush and flashy, and the art world is no different. Set between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Art Basel Miami is not unlike a Black Friday sale. With … Continued

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Artwork by Vik Muniz
Artwork by Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt is one of the more notable artists to emerge from the conceptualism of the 1960s. He is known for his wall drawings executed purely by written instruction, making each iteration different than the last. His sculptures of stacked … Continued

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In the 1960s, art moved on from the traditional production process. Instead of painting a canvas after an idea or urge or request, art became a series of questions and experiments, not just a finished result to take pleasure in. … Continued

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Artwork by Bruce Nauman
Detail of drawing by Vija Celmins

Do you think a small drawing could make you reconsider your own relation and awareness to something unquantifiable? Something as large as the ocean, or even outer space? A new retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art entitled … Continued

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Egon Schiele died a century ago, and yet his art retains its controversial and raw appeal. At the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, a large selection of drawings and paintings of Schiele has been assembled under the eyes of curators Suzanne … Continued

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Painting by Francesco Clemente

After World War Two, the artistic currency of Europe was on the decline while New York became the capital for new art. There are exceptions though, like movements such as Spatialism and Arte Povera. In the late 1970s and into … Continued

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How do you take the history of painting and make it feel new? The French artist Pierre Moignard proposes his own strategy at his latest show at Galerie Anne Barrault in Paris. Entitled nouveaux tableaux, Moignard mashes up not just … Continued

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Painting by Pierre Moignard
Collage by Mimmo Rotella

Mimmo Rotella was one of the most important post-war Italian artists and writers, which is somewhat ironic since American pop culture played such a large role in his art practice. Much like his American peers Robert Rauschenberg or Jasper Johns, … Continued

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Joan Miró is one of the great modern masters. In Spain, he is a part of their modernist triumvirate, which consists of himself, Picasso, and Dalí. He is a key figure of the Surrealist movement. He influenced dozens of artists … Continued

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Painting by Joan Miró
Detail of print by Anni Albers

Anni Albers was one of the longest-living modernists of the Bauhaus school. She was nearly ninety-five when she died, and during her lifetime, she witnessed both world wars, the Cold War, and every social revolution imaginable. She also led an … Continued

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Every art exhibition needs two things: art and some sort of organizing principle. So it makes sense that the relationship and roles of artist and curator have only grown over the years. This year, artists and curators were as innovative … Continued

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Painting by Richard Prince

Richard Prince is known for his photo appropriations and collage, but the sleekness of Prince’s work is nowhere to be seen in his latest show at Gagosian Gallery in New York City. Instead of Instagram paintings or nurses, vivacious colorful … Continued

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From ancient civilization to today, the nude has been one of the most common subjects in western art. Of course, cultural norms and styles evolved through the ages, but one of the great tides of the nude in art was … Continued

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Painting by Jean Bourdichon
Painting by Jean Michel Basquiat

There is a new exhibition space in New York City. With numerous institutions and galleries in the city, this might not be a surprise, but the new outpost of the Brant Foundation is a spectacular addition. Located in Manhattan’s East … Continued

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Petra Cortright rose to prominence, like many of her peers, in recent years because of a reliance on Internet sourced imagery and creating work with digital tools and software. In an age where technology and culture are becoming more intertwined, … Continued

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Detail of art by Petra Cortright
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Matthew Barney’s epic video sagas have come to define his career, but over the years he also has expanded his oeuvre with complimentary narratives in sculpture, printmaking, and photography. In his latest body of work at the Yale University Art … Continued

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The sublime awe and power of the natural world might have been most famously captured by the Romantics of the nineteenth-century, but before and far after this style emerged, mother nature has been a muse to many artists and thinkers. … Continued

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Painting by Sean Scully