Art

Must-See Summer Art Shows

Three of New York's best

Three idiosyncratic exhibits at the Met, MoMA, and Neue Galerie

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About that Rand Paul Cover Photo...

A Conversation with Platon

 An interview with Platon, who photographed this issue's cover with Rand Paul, discussing the experience, his art, plus various portraits throughout. 

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Idealism and Blindness

Of flaking paint and blemishes

Many years ago, as I was leafing through a book in which I had no interest, I found one of the saddest stories in the world. It was a new edition of a textbook on visual perception, the psychology and physiology of the eye, and there I discovered “the case of S.B.” S.B. was an Englishman who was blind from infancy to middle age, when, at the age of 52, he received a successful corneal transplant. “All his life he tried to picture the world of sight,” Richard L.

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What might a heroic life in the world of traditional crafts have looked like during the twentieth century? The question almost seems absurd. Isn’t heroism the exact opposite of the modesty and even anonymity that we associate with handmade craft objects? Aren’t the potter and the weaver meant to be so fully absorbed in folk traditions as to all but disappear in the process of making humble things for daily use?

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Jacques Callot's Line Sublime

An Artist's Two-Inch-Tall Creations Brought Printmaking to its Heights

“Princes & Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot,” mounted at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, is a brave attempt to raise the profile of a sublime seventeenth-century printmaker.

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Grow or Perish

How the art world Goliaths are crushing the Davids

The real news behind MoMA's plans for the American Folk Art Museum: If you do not grow—and grow big—you’re in big trouble. 

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Against the godforsaken glamour of international art fairs.

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The Sanitizing of a Junk-Art Genius

Claes Oldenburg gets an exhibit—and gets boring

Claes Oldenburg gets a museum exhibition—and gets boring

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The Case for Looking

What we can learn from extremely violent photography

What we can learn from extremely violent photography of the Boston Marathon bombing. 

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How Occupy Changed Contemporary Art

Molly Crabapple's 'altarpieces to the revolution'

A new generation's ink-and-populist poster child.

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