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Artists Retrospective
Elaine de Kooning, John F. Kennedy, 1963, oil on canvas. ©1963 ELAINE DE KOONING TRUST/NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

A President, Seen From Every Angle: Elaine de Kooning on Painting JFK, in 1964

In December 1964, a little over a year after one of America’s most beloved presidents was assassinated, Elaine de Kooning recounted painting John F. Kennedy in ARTnews. De Kooning (who had already written several articles for ARTnews, notably a few … Read More


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Trenton Doyle Hancock, To Get Ahead One Must Sacrifice Certain Freedoms, 2005, ink and acrylic on paper. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM

‘This Hamburger’s Got Legs’: Trenton Doyle Hancock as an Emerging Artist, in 2000

In honor of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s “Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing,” we turn back to 2000, when Hancock was still little-known in the art world. That year, his work was part of the … Read More


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Retrospective: Design as the Folk Art of the ’90s

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Diego Velázquez, detail of The Water Carrier of Seville, 1623, oil on canvas. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Secret Grandeur: Leo Steinberg on an Early Velázquez Masterpiece, in 1971

In the early 1970s, art historian and critic Leo Steinberg wrote a series of short articles for ARTnews about works he believed were masterpieces, mainly ones from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. (Steinberg was known for writing about Renaissance and … Read More


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Jacob Lawrence, Panel 58 of "The Migration Series": "In the North the Negro had better educational facilities," 1940–41, casein tempera on hardboard. ©2015 THE JACOB AND GWENDOLYN KNIGHT FOUNDATION, SEATTLE/ ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/DIGITAL IMAGE ©THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART/LICENSED BY  SCALA/ART RESOURCE, NEW YORK

‘A Kaleidoscopic, Animated World’: A Review of Jacob Lawrence’s Early Work, From 1939

In 1941, Jacob Lawrence, only 23, made what would become his magnum opus—”The Migration Series,” a 60-work group of tempera paintings that chronicled life after the Great Migration, the movement of black Americans from the rural South to the urban North … Read More


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Caspar David Friedrich, Woman Before Rising Sun, ca. 1818, oil on canvas. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Beyond the Infinite: Robert Rosenblum on the Sublime in Contemporary Art, in 1961

In the February 1961 issue of ARTnews Robert Rosenblum tackled the tradition of the sublime, looking at art that instills feelings of fear and awe in viewers, overwhelming the senses. First theorized by Longinus and then revived during the 18th-century Enlightenment in Europe by Edmund … Read More


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Donatello, David, ca. 1430, bronze. PATRICK A. RODGERS/FLICKR

‘The Bronze David of Donatello': Randall Jarrell’s 1957 Poem for ARTnews

In 1956, the American poet Randall Jarrell was selected as a consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress (a position now called poet laureate). One year later, in October 1957, ARTnews kicked off a series of previously unpublished poetry … Read More


Artists Retrospective
Joseph Beuys, Sled, 1969, wooden sled, felt, fabric straps, flashlight, fat, oil paint, string. COURTESY MITCHELL-INNES & NASH

Artist, Academic, Shaman: Joseph Beuys on His Mystical Objects, in 1970

A wooden sled with a roll of felt and a flashlight strapped to it, a mound of fat, and a lightbulb plugged into lemon are just three of the 500-plus Joseph Beuys works currently on view at Mitchell-Innes & Nash … Read More


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Leonard Nimoy taking a photograph for "Secret Selves." SETH KAYE PHOTOGRAPHY

Multiple Personalities: Leonard Nimoy on His ‘Secret Selves’ Photographs in 2010

Though known for playing Spock on the sci-fi TV show Star Trek, Leonard Nimoy, who died at age 83 on February 27, also had one foot in the art world. He studied with conceptual photographer Robert Heinecken when he was … Read More


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Installation view of "Tony Smith," currently on view at Matthew Marks Gallery. ©ESTATE OF TONY SMITH/ARTIST RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/COURTESY MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY

‘I Find the Art World Very Oppressive': Tony Smith’s 1971 Q&A With Lucy R. Lippard

Tony Smith was something of a Renaissance man. Best known for his steel sculptures (he preferred the word “presences”), the New Jersey-born artist also dabbled in architecture, painting, and art criticism. Today, he is remembered most for Die (1962), a … Read More


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Retrospective: The State of Japanese Collecting in 1990

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Alice Neel, Woman on a Train, ca. 1940, watercolor on paper. ©THE ESTATE OF ALICE NEEL. COURTESY DAVID ZWIRNER, NEW YORK/LONDON

The Risk-Taking Portraitist of the Upper West Side: On Alice Neel’s Tense Paintings, in 1962

Alice Neel, like many women artists of her time, was under-appreciated when she was alive. During the 1930s, Neel was employed by the Works Project Administration and painted urban landscapes. Between then and the ’60s, the art world nearly ignored her. During the ’60s, … Read More


Retrospective Reviews
Installation view of "Younger Than Jesus." Top: Cory Arcangel, Photoshop CS: 72 by 110 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient "Spectrum", mousedown y=1416 x=1000, mouse up y=208 x=42, 2009, unique chromogenic print. Bottom: Chu Yun, This is XX, 2006, female participant, sleeping pill, bed. PHOTO: BENOIT PAILLEY. COURTESY NEW MUSEUM

When They Were Still ‘Younger Than Jesus’: Revisiting the First Two New Museum Triennials

Named “Younger Than Jesus,” for its group of 33-year-old-or-under artists, the New Museum’s first “Generational” triennial was met with mixed reactions when it opened in 2009. Was it a response to the Whitney Biennial? Was it a provocation? What was … Read More


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Installation view of "Body and Matter: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Satoru Hoshino," currently on view at Dominique Lévy Gallery. PHOTO: TOM POWEL IMAGING. COURTESY DOMINIQUE LÉVY GALLERY

The California 1930s Frat-Rush-Week Esthetic: On the First American Gutai Show, in 1958

Gutai, the loose group of Japanese artists known for their work from the 1950s, is having a moment in America. Kazuo Shiraga, the abstract painter known for using his feet and hands in lieu of brushes, is the focus of not … Read More