Art

The "Special Mosquito Exterminator," and other new discoveries

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Does it matter whether he drew a penis intentionally or unintentionally?

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This week, amidst the whir of art-world mega-fair Art Basel Miami Beach, local developer Nadim Achi unveiled a new plan for the Surf Club residential and resort complex on northern Collins Avenue. To design it, he and his collaborators tapped Pritzker Prize–winner Richard Meier, an architect with the kind of name recognition that Achi said would help the project appeal to a key, growing demographic in Miami: design-savvy, art-loving Brazilians.

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If you can believe all the hand-wringing and soul-searching these days among artists, art critics, and sundry other arts professionals, you’d imagine that nobody is really happy about the $142.4 million paid for a Francis Bacon triptych at Christie’s the other day—or the $58.4 million for a Jeff Koons at the same auction or the $104.5 million for a Warhol at Sotheby’s the following night.

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Don't Bowdlerize Balthus's Paintings—Or His Mystical Ideas

An artist's restless mastery

An artist's restless mastery, endangered

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Do Readers Give Infographics a Free Pass?

Why we need to learn to scrutinize them like any other journalism

Why we need to learn to scrutinize them like any other journalism

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Amazing Sculptures of Insects Made from Old Mechanical Parts

Edouard Martinet turns motorcycle headlights and umbrella ribs into beautiful living things

Edouard Martinet turns motorcycle headlights and umbrella ribs into beautiful living things.

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"Pretentious is pretty much Art Spiegelman's M.O."

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An early look at one of America's most beloved painters. 

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According to Jed Perl's brutal 2009 assessment of Francis Bacon: Not very much. 

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