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Brass Menagerie

The lighthearted sculptures of François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne—featuring animals such as rhinos, crocodiles, and sheep—bridge the worlds of fine and decorative arts Read More


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A viewer contemplates Democracy is our goal, but the country must remain stable, installed at Beijing’s Long March Space, 2010. The title is a famous quote from former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.

Risky Business

Spoofing capitalism, the art market, and China’s image abroad, Xu Zhen has developed parallel careers as artist, entrepreneur, and activist Read More


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Robert Wilson’s rendition of Carl Maria von Weber’s opera  Der Freischütz, performed in Baden-Baden, Germany, in 2009,  with costumes by Viktor & Rolf.

Wilson’s World

Celebrating Robert Wilson’s birthday with essays, interviews, a frog, and a sharkshin shoe Read More


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Doodle Unto Others

For an artist best known for his zany doodles depicting life in its brutal absurdity, David Shrigley leads a surprisingly disciplined existence, involving a strict work routine, jogging, and yoga. “You can’t just lie on the roof and smoke joints … Read More


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The human-powered Resistance, 2009, pointed toward the glowing doorways of Death Row, 2006–2009, at the 2009 Venice Biennale. On the floor, Bed, 2009.

Man of Refraction

Using light, mirrors, and neon and with a sensibility at once political and poetic, Iván Navarro creates glowing gateways of endless space Read More


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Viper Realism

Critic’s Pick: Leslie Thornton Read More


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Head in the Clouds

With the spirit of an artist, inventor, scientist, and engineer, Tomás Saraceno creates enormous bubbles, giant ethereal webs, and basketball court−size balloons that aspire to be lighter than air Read More


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Hip-Hop Heraldry

Through his collages, performances, and videos, Rashaad Newsome mixes ‘ghetto’ vernacular with staid European tradition Read More


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Planned Obsolescence

Relentlessly devoted to the antiquated medium of film, Tacita Dean chronicles misbegotten journeys, elderly relatives, and obscure moments in great artists’ lives Read More


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Disappearing Forest of Germany, 2009.  ©ALAN SONFIST/COURTESY THE ARTIST

Separating the Trees from the Forest

Alan Sonfist has built a career as an urban land artist. Read More


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Untitled, 2009, a haunting work in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  COURTESY GREENE NAFTALI GALLERY, NEW YORK

A Minimalist Maximalist

In large abstract paintings, Jacqueline Humphries puts a contemporary spin on the AbEx and Minimalist tradition. Read More


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White Frosted Cruller at Dawn, 2011.  COURTESY PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, NEW YORK, ISTANBUL

Cosmic Comic

Kenny Scharf’s loopy, Pop-saturated paintings are back—in galleries and on the street. Read More


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Empire, 2008, a watercolor on paper, is based on a sign above the Empire movie house in Montgomery, Alabama.  ©ROBERT COTTINGHAM/COURTESY FORUM GALLERY, NEW YORK

Signs of the Times

Robert Cottingham’s paintings bring back the marquees and neon glitz of midcentury America. Read More


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Visitors could walk through the partly disassembled Gulf Stream camper featured in the installation Quiver of Arrows at 303 Gallery in New York last year.

Britain’s Curator of Garbage

Mike Nelson’s multiroom installations hint at marginal lives and fallen ideologies. Read More