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The Crime Issue

An investigation into some of the more colorful art-related indiscretions in recent years, as well as a look at the aesthetics of crime and punishment Read More


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Bank Robber Aiming at Security Camera, Cleveland, Ohio, March 8, 1975, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition "Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play," on view until July 31.

Theft! Forgery! Murder!: Art History’s Greatest Crimes

From the earliest moments of recorded civilization there have been instances of art being the subject of violence, theft, and destruction. Art and crime will forever be linked, and this should come as no surprise—art is a powerful tool for … Read More


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Ann Freedman and her defense team. ILLUSTRATION: VICTOR JUHASZ

The Big Fake: Behind the Scenes of Knoedler Gallery’s Downfall

Domenico and Eleanore De Sole live most of the year in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Domenico is originally from Calabria, and he grew up in a military family, moving all around Italy. He got a law degree from Harvard in … Read More


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The Composer: Mary Heilmann’s Rhythmic Abstractions Find Their Place in the Sun

Some little girls want to be movie stars, some long to be prima ballerinas. Not Mary Heilmann. As a child, she prayed for sainthood. “I used to dream that I was thrown to lions in the Coliseum,” said the artist. … Read More


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Kerry James Marshall photographed in his Chicago studio on December 28, 2015. ©KATHERINE MCMAHON

The Painter of Modern Life: Kerry James Marshall Aims to Get More Images of Black Figures into Museums

The artist will be the subject of major traveling retrospective this year Read More


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Faith Ringgold photographed in New Jersey on November 23, 2015. KATHERINE MCMAHON

The Storyteller: At 85, Her Star Still Rising, Faith Ringgold Looks Back on Her Life in Art, Activism, and Education

In 1963, Faith Ringgold was 32, the mother of two daughters, and on the hunt for a gallery to show her work. To say that it was difficult for black artists to find gallery representation at that time would be … Read More


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The Icons Issue

Five artists who have transformed the art world over the last 50 years Read More


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The Shape-Shifter: How Lynda Benglis Left the Bayou and Messed With the Establishment

You notice her face first. This is odd, because she’s nude, her body bronzed and oiled, with one wiry arm holding a large double-sided dildo between her legs. Her eyes aren’t even in play; a pair of white sunglasses covers … Read More


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The Devil in the Details: Kenneth Anger, the Inventor of a Celluloid Avant-Garde, Nears 90

With his films moving from fringe theaters to MoMA, the director grants a rare interview at his old Hollywood haunts Read More


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From Planes to Brains to Outer Space and Ruscha: Paul Allen’s All-Embracing Aesthetic Fills His Newest Exhibition Space

More than a quarter of the world’s top 200 art collectors maintain their own museums or exhibition spaces, according to ARTnews. Microsoft’s co-founder, Seattle billionaire Paul Allen, is now a member of this elite coterie. After his propitious launch of … Read More


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Installation view of “Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010” at MoMA, which did not use wall texts. COURTESY MOMA

Wall Talk: Do We Even Need Museum Wall Labels?

There was a time when the labels and texts in museum shows were matter-of-fact explanations—the artist, title, date, medium, and then a few informative words from the curator. But as exhibitions have become more extravagant, provocative, and controversial, attended by … Read More


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Noah Horowitz, Art Basel’s Newly Minted Macher, Takes His Talents to South Beach

This past September, Noah Horowitz, clean-cut, in his mid-30s, and with a mild professorial mien, arrived on time for our interview at Cookshop, a restaurant in the heart of New York’s Chelsea art district. He unbuttoned his suit jacket, sat … Read More


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PAMM director Franklin Sirmans at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. ANGEL VALENTIN/COURTESY PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI

Growing Pains: Franklin Sirmans and the Future of the Pérez Art Museum Miami

There are major streets in downtown Miami that have been effectively hollowed out by development, impossible to traverse and made useless in the name of progress. It is a city of luxury high-rises and scaffolding. On a recent trip, at … Read More


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Installation view of Opera Calling at Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, 2007. COURTESY !MEDIENGRUPPE BITNIK

Spy vs. Spy: Tech-Savvy Swiss Duo Bitnik Refines the Art of Espionage

‘I’ve hijacked your surveillance camera. How about a game of chess?” The words filled a closed-circuit television screen that only seconds before had shown commuters in London’s Charing Cross station. Whichever security guard read the message soon saw it replaced … Read More