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The 2012 ARTnews 200 Top Collectors

Who are the world’s most active art buyers? Presenting the 2012 ARTnews 200
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For more information on these collectors, listed here in alphabetical order, plus the rest of the ARTnews 200, please click here.

How to Make a $119.9 Million Bid

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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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Tom Sachs’s studio team prepares for his reenactment of a trip to Mars at the Park Avenue Armory.

Out of this World

Space travel has become an obsession among contemporary artists who are reenacting journeys to Mars, making replicas of astronaut gear, and even training with NASA Read More


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I Didn’t Say, 2011, by Emin.

‘In a Rodin/Turner Sandwich’

Tracey Emin finds common ground with two unlikely predecessors in an erotic exhibition Read More


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Mickalene Thomas, Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires, 2011 (top), a riff on Courbet’s sleeping women.

Double Exposure

In paintings, photography, sculpture, and performance, artists are summoning the age-old distinction between naked and nude to comment on gender roles, sexual politics, stereotypes, and more Read More


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Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy exemplify comic grossness in their multimedia piece Caribbean Pirates, 2005.

When Bad Is Good

Artworks that mimic soft porn, showcase embalmed animals, mock the Pope, and otherwise offend propriety are filling auctions, museums, and galleries. Is there anything left to be upset about? Read More


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Installation  view of Rirkrit Tiravanija’s untitled (free/still), 2011–12, at the Museum  of Modern Art in New York.

Curry Up!

Following Rirkrit Tiravanija’s recipe for success
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The Cindy Sherman Effect

By inventing her own genre, Cindy Sherman has influenced the way generations of artists think about photography, portraiture, narrative, and identity Read More


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All Dressed Up

As more and more art museums showcase high fashion, their staffs are grappling with strategies for presenting it, funding it, and connecting it to their missions Read More


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A Scene Grows in Brooklyn

Artists by the hundreds have been flocking to Bushwick, a working-class neighborhood just east of trendy Williamsburg. Curators, collectors, and dealers are following Read More


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The Crystal Bridges Museum, designed by Moshe Safdie. Some of the pavilions seem to float on water diverted from a nearby stream.

American Art, Alice Walton’s Way

The Walmart heiress’s controversial museum opens with an inclusive and even quirky selection of American art that reveals an increasing focus on the present Read More


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The Artist as Philanthropist

At a time when government and corporate support is decreasing, artists’ foundations are becoming increasingly influential Read More


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Installation view of the inaugural exhibition.  Natural light enters the galleries through a series of skylights over a cast-in-place perforated convex ceiling.

Seeing Still for the First Time

The new museum dedicated to Clyfford Still in Denver presents an unprecedented sweep of his work—even as its staff continues to make more discoveries Read More