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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

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The Horror, the Horror: Artists Are Influenced by David Cronenberg

A show features artists’ riffs on ‘The Fly,’ ‘Dead Ringers,’ and other eerie films by the Canadian director Read More

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Cut-and-Paste Culture: The New Collage

Contemporary artists are updating the modernist tradition with new tactics and new media Read More

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Now Hear This: Sound Art Has Arrived

Sound is being recognized and exhibited as an art form in its own right
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Some Like It Haute: Gaultier in the Galleries

An exhibition spotlights the ways Jean Paul Gaultier’s cutting-edge fashion has intersected with the contemporary art of his time
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Keeping New Media New: Conserving High-Tech Art

Conservators are rushing to keep pace with technology as they find ways to extend the working lives of art made with code, VHS tapes, and other rapidly changing platforms Read More