Jed Perl

Matisse's under-celebrated inwardness is on display in a new show. 

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The way the museum hides so much of its collection is a scandal. It's time to explore all those crazy cul-de-sacs of modern art that it too often ignores. 

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If you are the sort of person who recoils from typecasting and branding, you won’t want to miss “The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The orgy of navel-gazing is about to begin. 

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Something has gone terribly wrong when artistic destruction is associated with a humanitarian ethos.

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What happens to an art movement dedicated to perpetual movement when the world eventually moves on?

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The Armory Show Made Modern Art Something You Love to Hate

Against the cult of novelty

100 years ago, the cult of novelty was born. 

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Matthew Barney's New Epic Is a Mythomaniacal Mailer-Hemingway Mash-Up

And he's more scatological than ever

Nobody among the current elite crew of megalomaniacal mixed-media artists has gone farther than Matthew Barney when it comes to rejecting the old-fashioned constraints of the art gallery in favor of the dramatic possibilities of film. 

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Legends of the Gay Art Underground

Two new shows highlight the hedonist asceticism of 1950s Bohemians

Jess and Peter Hujar responded to the tsunami of mid-to-late-twentieth-century art by becoming deep-sea divers, discovering strange and wonderful visions far below American culture’s roiling surfaces.

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Perhaps the saddest words ever spoken by the director of a major museum

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