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When Good Paintings Happen to World Leaders

Move over, George W. Bush: Jeffrey Vallance’s portraits of despots and presidents are more fun to look at 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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Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy exemplify comic grossness in their multimedia piece Caribbean Pirates, 2005.
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When Bad Is Good

Artworks that mimic soft porn, showcase embalmed animals, mock the Pope, and otherwise offend propriety are filling auctions, museums, and galleries. Is there anything left to be upset about? Read More

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L.A. Stories

Shining light on uncatalogued archives, misplaced works, and undocumented careers, more than 60 venues in Southern California present shows on the art of postwar Los Angeles Read More

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Top Ten Trends in Contemporary Art

How do you spot a trend? If you’re Kay Larson, you see perversity everywhere. If you’re Jori Finkel, you find poetry in the Home Depot esthetic. And if you’re Carly Berwick, you conclude that a penguin embodies the spirit of … Read More

Younger scholars are intrigued by the mix of atomic-age physics and Catholic doctrine in paintings like The Madonna of Port Lligat (first version), 1949. PATRICK AND BEATRICE HAGGERTY MUSEUM OF ART, MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, MILWAUKEE, GIFT OF MR. AND MRS. IRA HAUPT
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The Great Late Salvador Dalí

Dalí’s production after his Surrealist phase, once dismissed by scholars as banal kitsch, is now being celebrated for being so ahead of its time it looks as though it could have been made yesterday. Read More

John Wesley’s comic-book esthetic, as in Aer Lingus, 2002, appeals to younger artists. COURTESY FREDERICKS FREISER GALLERY, NEW YORK
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What’s So Funny About Contemporary Art?

Artists are finding inspiration in gags, slapstick, clowns, comics, and stand-up comedy. The results are sometimes satirical, sometimes ludicrous, and sometimes ‘so funny you could cry’. Read More