Author Archives: Robin Cembalest


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It’s Manet Mania Weekend at Yale!

On the 150th birthday of Manet’s two most scandalous paintings, a show and a conference track the afterlives of the nudes, the dudes, the maid, and the cat Read More


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Resurrecting Chagall’s Jewish Jesus

Marc Chagall’s Crucifixions are in a startling Jewish Museum show that overturns popular notions of his work Read More


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Must-See Museum Shows to Make You Think, or Cry

Identity remixed in provocative displays at the Jewish Museum, the New Museum, the Whitney, and Tate Modern Read More


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William Powhida and Jade Townsend, Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes, 2012, graphite on paper. COURTESY THE ARTISTS AND FREIGHT AND VOLUME.

The Ultimate Map of Art-World Feuds

William Powhida and Jade Townsend are back with a satirical drawing of a lurid battleground where artists, posers, critics, dragons, Internet trolls, and Modernist ghosts fight for their lives Read More


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D.C. for ETs: Sci-fi Archeology at the Corcoran

An alien’s-eye view of Washington’s ruins, via Ellen Harvey Read More


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Reinventing the African American Portrait

Dogon, Flavin, Outkast, Dave Chappelle, the Incredible Hulk, and more coexist in Robert Pruitt’s identity-expanding drawings of women at the Studio Museum Read More


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How Edward Hopper Storyboarded ‘Nighthawks’

Drawings at the Whitney reveal the step-by-step process the artist used to create his iconic painting of a New York diner at night Read More


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Pedal Pushers: How Art Museums Are Promoting Bike Culture

In exhibitions and programs across the country, museums are devising new ways to showcase the exquisite mix of engineering, craftsmanship and style that moves us forward on two finely calibrated wheels Read More


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Installation view of "The Cat Show," 2013. White Columns, New York City. PHOTO: JONATHAN GRASSI. COURTESY WHITE COLUMNS.

Taking Cat Art Seriously

From a provocative upcoming Metropolitan Museum show to adoption-ready “purr-formers,” the art world is exploring the shock of the mew Read More


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Image on home page: Deborah Kass, Four Barbras, 1992, silkscreen on canvas. Photo: Kendall Mills. Courtesy the Artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York.

Let My People Show: Welcome to ‘Jew York’

Jewish art geography, from Aleph and Arbus to Robert Zimmerman Read More


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Vision Quest: Exploring the Venice Biennale

A channel-changing exhibition about imagination headlines a convergence of art from 88 countries Read More


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A Gallery of Venice Biennale Artists

Converging on Venice from Iraq, Iceland, Azerbaijan, and beyond, they came, they showed—and they posed for photos Read More


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Chasing Unicorns in Art Across the Ages

A herd of the magical, elusive creatures alights in uptown Manhattan, while others emerge in galleries and artist’s studios everywhere Read More


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Let It Bleed: The Frightening Scene on the Met’s Roof

A history of violence resonates in Imran Qureshi’s massive rooftop painting at the Metropolitan Museum, and in other shows by Benny Andrews, Nancy Spero, and more Read More