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Scents & Sensibility

Gunpowder, grass, jasmine, pine, pollution, and patchouli are some of the odors wafting around galleries, museums, and studios these days as artists incorporate scent into the esthetic experience. Read More


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Beyond Graffiti

A new generation is making street art that is conceptual, abstract, and even sculptural in nature. Read More


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You’re Engaged!

With artists increasingly involving the public in the creation of work, curators and museums have embarked on a quest to define, display, and collect participatory art. Read More


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Nothing Like the Real Thing

The practice of drawing from life models is growing in popularity. Read More


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The Great American (Male) Nude

Turning the tables on art-historical tradition, more women artists are depicting the naked male body. Read More


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Remaking the Map

Blending fact, fantasy, and a dose of social commentary, artists are charting the world in new and unusual ways. Read More


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French-Algerian artist Kader Attia's aluminum-foil Ghost, 2007. ©2009 KADER ATTIA/COURTESY SAATCHI GALLERY, LONDON

Making an Impact

The work of artists from Arab and North African countries is thriving, complex, and increasingly visible on the international scene. Read More


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Beetlemania

Butterflies, honeybees, and even centipedes are turning up in artwork—and, in some cases, helping to make it. Read More


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You Had to Be There

More and more artworks exist not as objects but as ephemeral events—a conversation, a thunderclap, a slow-motion kiss—that insist viewers take part. Read More


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Turning Over a New Leaf

Inspired by the ecological crisis, artists are seeking to connect with nature on a personal level—listening to glaciers, talking to plants, or taking biospheres for a walk. Read More


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A Two-Way Street

Street art—including stickers, posters, murals, graffiti, and even 3-D sculptures—is making its way into mainstream galleries and museums. Read More


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All the Web’s a Stage

Performance art, gallery openings, Dumpster-diving for junk to turn into art—all of it is happening in an online world populated by computer-generated beings called avatars. Read More


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Blast from the Past

Artists around the globe are turning Socialist Realism on its head, layering the once-potent tool of propaganda with irony and nostalgia. Read More


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Messaging Is the Medium

New-media artists are cloning BlackBerries, generating 33 instant messages a minute, and downloading works to iPods, PlayStation Portables, and cell phones. Read More