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Weird Science: Biotechnology as Art Form

Tissue cultures, genetic modification, bacterial colonies. Over the last decade, more and more artists have been giving up the studio in favor of the laboratory Read More

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Board Expression: Going Wild with Wood

Museum of Arts & Design showcases objects that toy with our expectations about a utilitarian material Read More

Patrick Nagatani, d’Alamogordo Blues, 1986. COURTESY THE WESTLICHT COLLECTION, VIENNA.
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Camera Ready: Artists Play With Polaroid

A new book chronicles the ways that artists ranging from Ansel Adams to Warhol, Close, and Wegman harnessed the speed and palette of the instant camera Read More

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Split Decisions: When Critics Change Their Minds

What makes art critics revise their opinions? Some mind-changing critics explain Read More

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Love Potions: Art and the Heart

Despite an overall reluctance among contemporary artists to deal with issues of the heart, more than a few tell great stories of romance and heartbreak Read More

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Disaster Photography: When Is Documentary Exploitation?

Photographers who produce spectacular images of Detroit, Chernobyl, and other ravaged areas have sparked disagreements whether they are exploiting others’ misfortune—or just covering the bad news Read More

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Japan’s Postwar Art Wave

Museum and gallery shows on Mono-ha, Gutai, and other avant-garde movements in Japan from the ’50s onward are shedding new light on an era previously unknown to the West Read More

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‘Macky Exmouse’

‘Macky Exmouse’ from the Archives of American Art Read More

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­Inkside Out

Visual artists are incorporating tattoo imagery and techniques into their art, and gaining mainstream exposure for it Read More

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How PoMo Can You Go ?

It was considered the End of Modernism, the beginning of a new era of content, irony, appropriation. So what ever happened to Postmodernism? Read More

Magdalene Odundo, Untitled (Anthropomorphic Sculpture), 1991.
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African Art: Beyond the Masks

As more museums collect works by contemporary artists from Africa, curators are divided about whether to exhibit them alongside traditional objects from the continent Read More

For Mother of Pearl’s autumn/winter collection, the fashion label worked with artist Fred Tomaselli to reinterpret his collages as dresses, sweaters, pants, and sneakers.
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Remixing It Up

Dress Up in Your Favorite Fred Tomaselli Read More

In Joan Semmel’s Crossed Legs, 2011, the sexuality is more restrained than in her earlier work.
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The Body In Winter

Artists are taking on themes of aging, transformation, and decay Read More

Photograph of Patrick Jacobs working on Raked Leaves, 2008, a miniature “diorama” viewed through a three-inch window.
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Use Your Illusion

Contemporary sculptors are tricking the eye and the mind with uncannily realistic objects Read More