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Mitchell Paints a Picture

A renowned critic watches Joan Mitchell paint not one painting, but two Read More


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Fred Wilson Creates an Installation

A basic vocabulary of painted flags and blown glass becomes an evocative meditation on color and race Read More


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Hank Willis Thomas Stages a Photo Shoot

How Sanford Biggers came to strike a pose as a two-faced dandy Read More


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Mainland China’s Mega-Collectors

A new generation of entrepreneurs is snapping up works by international contemporary art stars to amass major and sometimes museum-worthy collections. But the recent arrests of several art-world figures have buyers worried about government scrutiny Read More


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Grete Stern’s gelatin silver print Sueño No. 1: “Articulos eléctricos para 
el hogar” (Dream No. 1: “Electrical Appliances for the Home”), ca. 1950, was made 40 years before Photoshop.

Pix Before Pixels

An exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum showcases manipulated photographs from the pre-digital age Read More


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A nude figure floats in a kaleidoscope of elements from nature in Kiki Smith’s large Jacquard tapestry Sky, 2012.

Looms with a View

Contemporary artists are drawn to tapestries for their tactility, physical presence, and the poetry of creating complex images on a grid Read More


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Deborah Kass, 16 Barbras (The Jewish Jackie Series), 1992, 
a Warhol-inspired series with wit and irony added.

Warhol Warhol Everywhere

A quarter century after Andy Warhol’s death, his work resonates more than ever. Several museum
exhibitions are focusing on his influence in painting, photography, film, performance, and more Read More


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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

The top ten collectors on the 2012 ARTnews 200 Read More


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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