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Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Name Esther Bell Curator of European Paintings

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have announced the appointment of Esther Bell to curator in charge of European paintings. She succeeds Lynn Orr. Bell specializes in 17th- and 18th-century European painting and is currently curator of European painting, … Read More

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Kimmelman: Expanding the Frick Could Be a Mistake

In today’s New York Times, the paper’s architecture critic Michael Kimmelman presents his argument against the Frick Collection’s plan to expand. The renovation in question would involve opening the Upper East Side museum’s second floor to the public and transforming … Read More

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6 Sumptuous Gift Books to Splurge on This Summer

Stunning, silk-wrapped, and limited-edition volumes from Ai Weiwei, Maurizio Cattelan, and more Read More

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9 Awesome New Art Books for Kids

A summer reading list for budding artists and art historians Read More

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Shepard Fairey Goes Home Again; Makes First Neon

The famed artist provocateur returns to his native Charleston, South Carolina, showing with Jasper Johns and creating a series of public murals Read More

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9 Funky, Surprising, and Selfie-Worthy Outdoor Art Installations to See in NYC This Summer

Where to find crumbling Rococo grottos, three-legged Buddhas, psychedelic pink flamingos, and more Read More

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From Combat to Carpet—The Strange Story of Afghan War Rugs

Afghanistan’s women weavers have transformed traditional textiles into amazing and complex icons of war, change, and modernity Read More

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MoMA Curators Ponder Polke Potato Problem

MoMA’s Polke retrospective is up through August, but the potatoes in his works won’t last that long. Will they rot? Will they sprout? Stay tuned Read More

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Cat Art vs. Dog Art: A Showdown at the Blanton Museum

An upcoming exhibition celebrates our four-legged friends with works by Dieter Roth, Louise Bourgeois, William Wegman, Edward Hopper, Pablo Picasso and more Read More

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Degas and Cassatt: The Untold Story of Their Artistic Friendship

Mary Cassatt has long been considered a pupil of Degas. But an upcoming exhibition at the National Gallery of Art shows that creative influence went both ways Read More

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Pierre Huyghe Brings Spiders, Quails, and (Hopefully) Rats to Lower East Side Gallery

Watch your step at the Artist’s Institute—you might kill part of the show Read More

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Red Grooms Transforms Downtown Gallery into Fairy-tale Funhouse

Red Riding Hood goes gaudy and New York gets gritty in Red Grooms’s immersive installation at Marlborough Broome Street Read More

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How Artists Across the Globe Are Saying ‘Yes’ to Picasso

A provocative exhibition at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona shows the ways that Banksy, Basquiat, Vik Muniz, Chéri Samba, and others have embraced the legacy of the modernist master Read More

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An Illustrated Guide to the Mixed-Race, Tattooed Warriors Who Battled for Colonial Manhattan

Artist Frohawk Two Feathers brings his obsessive, elaborate, alternate version of New York City history to a Chelsea gallery Read More