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Joyce Pensato’s New Petzel Show Has a Charming Video Trailer

The exhibition trailers just keep coming! In recent years, major exhibitions, like the “Made in L.A.” biennial and the Carnegie International, as well as a number of artists—Korakrit Arunanondchai, Cory Arcangel, and Artie Vierkant, among them—have made short videos to whet … Read More


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Look Ma, a New Auction Record!: The Art World in 2015

Well, this has to be a first. A publicist at a boutique New York PR agency just emailed to note that a relatively young artist they work with—the artist’s age is included in the note—was a “high hitter” in a … Read More


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Craftivism: The Do-It-Yourself Practice of Protest Design

A show at the Victoria & Albert explores the qualities that make an object subversive Read More


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Socialist Realism’s Russian Renaissance

Champions of Socialist Realism are seeking to restore it to what they see as its rightful place in Russian art history. But even as it attracts billionaire collectors and appears in prominent exhibitions, some ask whether the official style of Stalin can overcome its past Read More


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How Artists Are Using Music to Seduce, Confound (and Entertain) Us

From primordial incantations to operatic melodrama to hip-hop beats, artists are exploiting the elemental language of music to communicate across cultural boundaries Read More


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How the Art of Social Practice Is Changing the World, One Row House at a Time

Social practice is going mainstream as more artists focus their work on making an impact on problems like homelessness and pollution. But the question of how to judge activist art remains elusive
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Science Friction: Sci-Fi Gets Real

Interplanetary exploration, alien life, and living on the moon are among the themes obsessing artists who use science fiction to comment on matters closer to home Read More


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Expired Photo Materials Find New Life in Contemporary Photography

In the digital age, artists are finding new uses for analogue products like expired film and obsolete paper Read More


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A Cornucopia of Contemporary Still Life

Artists are devising high-tech, high-concept updates to the traditional nature morte
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Claytime! Ceramics Finds Its Place in the Art-World Mainstream

Versatile, sensuous, malleable, as basic as mud and as old as art itself, clay is increasingly emerging as a material of choice for a wide range of contemporary artists
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Where Folk Art Meets High Fashion

A show at the American Folk Art museum features wondrous outfits inspired by objects in the collection Read More


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Making Cutting-Edge Art with Ballpoint Pens

Accessible and affordable, the ballpoint pen has become the medium of choice for artists to make obsessive abstractions, extreme drawings, and playful riffs on venerated ink traditions Read More


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El Bulli Chef’s Art Tells Stories of His Menus–and Cooking Itself

Drawing Center show spotlights sketches, diagrams, and visualizations by Ferran Adrià Read More


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The Art World’s Game of Drones

Drones are turning up in museums and galleries as objects of fascination and critique Read More