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A New Look at an Edgy Realist

The visionary landscapes of Charles Burchfield come to the Hammer Museum in a major show curated by contemporary sculptor Robert Gober. Read More

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Where Pharaohs Meet Mad Max

Raw brutalism and gritty humor underlie Huma Bhabha's antiheroic monuments. Read More

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Standing By His Bid—Unless He Sat

Norton Simon's secret bidding signals were so convoluted that they often worked against him. Read More

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The Other Americans

Photographer Justine Kurland takes her camera on the road across the country to capture communes, hobos, and other subcultures that are often off the radar. Read More

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Man of a Thousand Faces

Filming portraits for his acclaimed glass-brick foundation in Chicago, weaving the alphabet into a giant steel figure in Des Moines, and staging a tower of cymbals for Dubai's newest skyscraper, Jaume Plensa brings a sense of spectacle and intimacy into monumental public sculpture. Read More

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Seriously Funny

Swiss prankster Olaf Breuning navigates between the sublime and the ridiculous in films, sculptures, and multimedia works that take on everything from Easter Island to Woody Allen. Read More

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Clothes Connections

Shinique Smith transforms piles of garments destined for export into eye– and thought–provoking installations. Read More

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Taking It to the Limits

Marina Abramović’s performances, feats of endurance involving self-denial and even self-mutilation, are so influential that MoMA has asked 35 artists to re-create them for an upcoming retrospective—and so provocative that it is building a separate entrance for the show. Read More

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Slikwiks, Pennyworts, and Sea Urchins

Phoebe Washburn transforms humble materials into something unexpected and extraordinary. Read More

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When Irving Penn Shot Real Women

The nudes Steichen found problematic. Read More

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Hope, Glory, Manet, and McDonald’s

Wang Qingsong's elaborate, often parodic staged photographs riff on everything from art history to corporate logos to Communist propaganda. Read More

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Turning the Subject into the Artist

Oliver Herring is guided by social interaction—in communally made photosculptures, in giddy performances where volunteers take on bizarre tasks, and in videos featuring strangers who come by his Brooklyn studio. Read More

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Spero’s Heroes

Often using mere paper as a medium and a powerful pictorial vocabulary of her own invention, Nancy Spero spins tales of ferocious, heroic women. Read More

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From Breakdowns to Breakthroughs

Art Spiegelman on storytelling, modernism, wormholes, loopholes, and the boundaries that still separate high and low. Read More