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The Matisse rug Mimosa, 1949–51, hanging in the front hall of Fox Weber’s childhood home. TIM NIGHSWANDER, IMAGING4ART/©2015 SUCCESSION H. MATISSE/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK

The Figure in a Matisse-cutout Carpet

In the spring of 1968, I took the last course ever taught by the art historian Meyer Schapiro. I was, at the time, a junior at Columbia College, and it was a thrill to be studying with someone who could … Read More

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Turner’s Perfect Storm

Lashed to the mast for four hours as the ship heaved and plunged, the artist experienced the violent sea Read More

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Las Meninas.

The Greatest Painting in the World: 10 Luminaries Cast Their Ballots

“The greatest picture in the world…you smile,” wrote Aldous Huxley in 1925. Although the claim sounded ludicrous to him, he went on to make a passionate and cogent argument for his choice: Piero della Francesca’s Resurrection. ARTnews wondered which paintings … Read More

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William Glackens, a Painter at Home in the World

A major exhibition of the artist’s work gives this masterful, underappreciated American Impressionist his due
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Giacometti’s bronze Grande femme debout I (Tall standing woman 1), 1960, bronze. WEXNER FAMILY COLLECTION; ART ©2014 ALBERTO GIACOMETTI ESTATE/LICENSED BY VAGA AND ARS, NEW YORK, NY

Pinched, Poked, and Prodded Profiles of Giacometti’s Sculptures

Giacometti’s sculptures give form to fleeting perceptions Read More

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Moving a Mantegna

A radical rehanging of a beloved Renaissance masterpiece at Milan’s Pinacoteca di Brera induces awe in some observers—and cringes in others Read More

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What Does Latino Look Like?

A show at the National Portrait Gallery takes a broad view of how artists consider identity in their work Read More

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Artists Take a Bite Out of Cézanne’s Apples

A show featuring the artist’s adventures with still life reveals why they have inspired successors over multiple generations Read More

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The Key to Understanding John Cage’s Silent Piece at MoMA

A starkly empty drawing is the centerpiece of a Museum of Modern Art exhibition that explores John Cage’s world-altering role in the creation and development of postmodernism Read More

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Scenes from Edward Hopper’s Marriage

A show features the artist’s sketches of domestic life with his wife, Jo—bickering and squabbles included
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Why Anthony Caro Broke the Rules

Sculptor Anthony Caro delighted in instigating huge challenges for himself Read More

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Magritte’s Grand Illusions

The curator of “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938,” opening September 28 at MoMA, explores how three photographs of the Belgian Surrealist provide insights into his wry humor and painting techniques Read More

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Overshadowed by Diebenkorn: Rose Mandel Is Back

Rose Mandel finally gets credit in San Francisco (and in ARTnews) for her achievements in portraiture and beyond Read More

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The Woman Behind Michelangelo’s Cleopatra

The grotesque figure on the back of Michelangelo’s famous Cleopatra drawing reveals an intimate story Read More