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A ‘Desperate Beauty’

In her portrait of the Gruen family, Alice Neel tempers her penchant for the grotesque with a touch of the sublime. Read More

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Yves Klein’s Leap Year

Two shows shed light on the story behind the iconic photograph. Read More

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Minding his A’s and E’s: How Saul Steinberg defined aesthetics in a nutshell. Read More

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Disharmony in the Concert

His two Concerts show Titian imitating—and then turning away from—Giorgione. Read More

A marble head of Caracalla, made at the end of his life or shortly after his death, in A.D. 217, shows the emperor as a rough-and-ready soldier. COURTESY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
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A Roman Emperor’s Tough Guy Image

The Met’s portrait of Caracalla is a consummate example of art as propaganda Read More

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A Giant Zip for Mankind

When Barnett Newman painted The Wild in 1950, he challenged current standards not only of how a painting could look but of what a painting could be. Read More

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Irving Penn’s Modern Venus

In a photo recalling an ancient sculpture, he transformed a female nude into a timeless fertility goddess. Read More

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Underrated/Overrated

Who are the great artists you never heard of? Who's hot who's not?. Read More