Author Archives: Barbara Pollack


Features
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China’s Desert Treasure

China’s Mogao Caves, at the edge of the Gobi Desert, hold an unrivaled collection of Buddhist art spanning a thousand years. Now they’re inspiring new generations of artists, from masters of ink painting to fireworks maestro Cai Guo-Qiang Read More


Trends
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Now Hear This: Sound Art Has Arrived

Sound is being recognized and exhibited as an art form in its own right
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News
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China’s Growing Auction Giant

The Poly Group, a $40 billion state-owned enterprise, oversees activities ranging from arms dealing to an auction house that is the first in China to offer private sales and is rapidly promoting itself as a global brand Read More


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Taking Yoga Art Seriously

An exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery examines the history of yoga through photography, film, miniature painting, and ancient statuary Read More


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The Civil War in Art, Then and Now

As several museums showcase works made at the time of the conflict, contemporary artists continue to reflect on its legacy Read More


Books Reviews
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The Exhibitions That Changed Art History

For his newest book, Bruce Altshuler selects the 25 most influential art shows from the last 40 years Read More


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Love Potions: Art and the Heart

Despite an overall reluctance among contemporary artists to deal with issues of the heart, more than a few tell great stories of romance and heartbreak Read More


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Japan’s Postwar Art Wave

Museum and gallery shows on Mono-ha, Gutai, and other avant-garde movements in Japan from the ’50s onward are shedding new light on an era previously unknown to the West Read More


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Diana Al-Hadid Makes a Sculpture

The birth of a multi-hued Venus
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Fred Wilson Creates an Installation

A basic vocabulary of painted flags and blown glass becomes an evocative meditation on color and race Read More


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Mainland China’s Mega-Collectors

A new generation of entrepreneurs is snapping up works by international contemporary art stars to amass major and sometimes museum-worthy collections. But the recent arrests of several art-world figures have buyers worried about government scrutiny Read More


Profiles
Lin Tianmiao’s Badges, 2009, installed in the OCT Contemporary Art Center in Shanghai. As a child, she helped her mother wind balls of thread.

Wrap Artist

Binding, winding, and knotting, China’s Lin Tianmiao creates vivid installations shimmering with emotion Read More


Profiles
Christian Marclay (right) performing with Otomo Yoshihide at the Japan Society in  New York.

It’s About Time

The huge success of ‘The Clock’ brings new attention to other parts of Christian Marclay’s career Read More


Features
Cai Guo-Qiang’s Black Ceremony, 2011, commissioned by Mathaf:  Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar.

Under Destruction

Playing on the pervasiveness of images of destruction and devastation in the news and in Hollywood movies, artists are making works that range from violent to chillingly disquieting
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