Author Archives: Robin Cembalest


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Arne Svenson, Neighbors #1, 2012, pigment print, ed. 5. COURTESY OF JULIE SAUL GALLERY, NEW YORK.

Your Thievin’ Art? At Play in the Field of Fair Use

Your mug shot. Your profile picture. Your breakfast table. Is anything safe from appropriation artists? Read More


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Ugo Rondinone, Human Nature, 2013, on view at Rockefeller Center, New York City, April 23 - June 7, 2013, presented by Nespresso, organized by Tishman Speyer and Public Art Fund. PHOTO: JAMES EWING, COURTESY PUBLIC ART FUND, NY.

The Gentle Giants of Rockefeller Center

Provoking feelings of awe—and awww, Ugo Rondinone’s modern megaliths are among the public artworks redefining the idea of the monumental Read More


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Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned, still from Zamach (Assassination), 2007-2011, three-channel video and sound installation.

Let My People Go—Back to Poland

“And Europe Will Be Stunned,” Yael Bartana’s celebrated film trilogy introducing Poland’s Jewish Renaissance Movement, arrived at Petzel Gallery for its first New York showing–just as a new museum devoted to Jewish culture was opening its doors in Warsaw. Suddenly things got a lot “more real” Read More


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Dome Improvement—What’s an Art Museum Doing in Rockaway Beach?

MoMA PS1’s VW Dome 2 is the latest in a wave of museum outposts that are humble, nimble, and temporary, offering free admission—and much more than art Read More


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Catherine Chalmers, Antworks in Progress - Pink Leaf, from the series The Leafcutters, pigment print.  COURTESY THE ARTIST

Birds Do It, Bees Do It: Taking Animals’ Art Skills Seriously

Move over, painting chimps. Today’s art-making animals are cutting-edge creators who turn up everywhere from the National Zoo to MoMA Read More


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Mochica, North Coast, possibly La Mina, Forehead Ornament with Feline Head and Octopus Tentacles Ending in Catfish Heads, 100 – 800 A.D., gold, chrysocolla, and shells. MUSEO DE LA NACIÓN, LIMA, PHOTO ©DANIEL GIANNONI.

The Art That Made Peru Peru

Three millennia, 350 objects, and one national identity are featured in an ambitious show at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts Read More


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Race You to the Porsche Show at the Art Museum

Horsepower meets star power in North Carolina Museum of Art’s upcoming survey of iconic German autos Read More


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America, the Great Colossal Collage: Saul Steinberg’s Forgotten Masterpiece

The spectacular, panoramic, pasted-paper mural that Saul Steinberg created for the American Pavilion of the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair is reassembled for the first time at the Ludwig Museum Read More


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Mark Dion, Curator's Office, 2013, Site-specific installation PHOTO COURTESY THE MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS.

The Curator Vanishes: Period Room as Crime Scene

A disappearance, a discovery, and a mystery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, via Mark Dion Read More


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Self-Portrait of the Artist as a Self-Destructing Chocolate Head

Chocolate was the medium of choice for Janine Antoni and Dieter Roth to depict—and deface—their own image Read More


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Devorah Sperber, After Vermeer 2, detail view, 2006, 5,024 spools of thread, stainless-steel ball chain and hanging apparatus, clear acrylic viewing sphere, metal stand. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST.

Girl with a Hoop Earring: Fun with Vermeer

Two beloved Vermeers have left Holland for a stint in the U.S. They’ll find their descendants stripped by Dalí, bedecked in toilet-paper rolls, and reincarnated by Cindy Sherman Read More


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Faramarz Pilaram, Untitled, 1982, oil on canvas.

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The Other Modernism: Rediscovering Iran’s Avant-Garde

Overshadowed by revolution, sanctions, and outdated notions of the Modern, Iran’s vibrant postwar art scene is coming into focus at the Asia Society Read More


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Tracey Emin, still from I Can't Believe How Much I Loved You.

What She Did For Love: Tracey Emin Hearts Times Square

British artist’s first American public-art piece will inspire passersby to kiss—or cry Read More


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Smithson Trumps Snooki: New Jersey is State of the Art

Princeton gives Jersey its props, MoMA’s Capital Exchange program drops, Cleveland rocks a mega-multi-touch-screen, and more museum news Read More