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Critic’s Notebook: Why the Obamas’ Portrait Choices Matter

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:40:41 GMT

The painter Kehinde Wiley, in 2015, depicts his subjects with flamboyance and historical sweep. Barack and Michelle Obama have chosen him to create Mr. Obama’s official portrait for the National Portrait Gallery.The Obamas have chosen Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald: one established artist, one on her way.

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William Eggleston, at 78, in a New Key

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:37:42 GMT

When Mr. Eggleston played piano for “Nature Boy” on Big Star’s third album, back in the late 1970s, “he seemed like an old soul,” the band’s drummer, Jody Stephens, recalled.“I’m making it up as I go,” the photographer said of his keyboard playing on “Musik,” his first album.

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Art Review: From China’s Artist-Activist, a Citywide Great Wall

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:32:39 GMT

“Arch” by Ai Weiwei installed at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. This unpainted steel cage is pierced by a mirrored opening, and suggestive of conjoined figures. They quote Marcel Duchamp’s 1937 design for the entrance of André Breton’s Paris art gallery.Ai Weiwei has endured frequent gripes that his activism has got the better of his art. That gripe is unfounded.

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Behind the Poster: An ‘Our Town’ Image as Sturdy as a Chair

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:00:12 GMT

Paula Scher’s stark poster for “Our Town,” which will be performed at the Pasadena Playhouse until Oct. 22.The designer Paula Scher talks about her artwork for a revival of the Thornton Wilder play at the Pasadena Playhouse.

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New Home for Gems and Minerals at the Museum of Natural History

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:31:40 GMT

A rendering of a fluorescence and phosphorescence gallery that is expected to be part of the new Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals.A renovated gallery for gems and minerals will open in 2019, displaying treasures like the Star of India sapphire as well as a new 12-foot amethyst geode.

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Art Review: Collecting Strokes of Genius

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:09:00 GMT

“Three Standing Saints,” by Andrea Mantegna (1450-55), in “Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings From the Thaw Collection.”Goya, Rembrandt and van Gogh (for starters) lead the Thaw collection at the Morgan, one of the great troves of treasured drawings.

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Eli Broad, Patron of Los Angeles, to Step Down From His Philanthropy

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 01:54:31 GMT

Eli Broad in front of the Broad contemporary art museum in 2015.His vast fortune shaped Los Angeles, from its arts and medical worlds to its reinvigorated downtown.

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Review: Ai Weiwei’s ‘Human Flow’ Tracks the Global Migrant Crisis

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:09:25 GMT

A scene from “Human Flow,” Ai Weiwei’s documentary about the global refugee and migrant crisis.A documentary from an artist who wants to take viewers beyond the headlines and the images on the nightly news.

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Seeing India Through a Contemporary Lens

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:30:20 GMT

“Pavement Mirror Shop, Howrah, West Bengal,” 1991. In the dazzling array of reflections at a mirror shop, Singh’s image appears at top center.Raghubir Singh captured the jumbled sensations of modern Indian life in his lyrical color photos. His first New York museum show is at the Met Breuer.

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In the Studio: Nike’s Chief of Design Doodles All Day

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:00:26 GMT

John Hoke, the chief design officer of Nike, holding a shoe that is meant to mimic the experience of running on grass.John Hoke invited us into his office in Portland, Ore., where he talked about his dyslexia, his doodling and some weird shoes that inspire him.

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Born in Auschwitz, Israeli Artist, 102, Harnesses the Dark and the Light

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 20:22:40 GMT

Tova Berlinski, 102, in her house in Jerusalem. Much of her work evokes the loss and pain of a lifetime that spans the Nazi decimation of European Jewry in World War II and the foundation of modern Israel.Tova Berlinski, whose life and work resonate with the darkness of the Nazi genocide and the vibrancy of Israel, has a tribute exhibition in Jerusalem.

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‘Allah’ Is Found on Viking Funeral Clothes

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:35:27 GMT

A reconstructed Viking boat grave from the Gamla Uppsala archaeological site in Sweden is part of a Viking couture exhibition at the Enkopings Museum.The discovery of the Arabic characters in boat graves has raised questions about the influence of Islam in Scandinavia.

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Fine Arts & Exhibits: Tiqui Atencio Explores What Makes Collectors Tick

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:00:23 GMT

Tiqui Atencio at her home in London this spring.A collector herself, she was able to get access to and information from those who do not talk easily.

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Tired of Twee Edison Bulbs? Bring On the Neon

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:06:54 GMT

A sign at the Lite Brite Neon Studio.Bright lights pop up again in big cities. “We want the promise that everything is going to be O.K.,” one historian said. “We want the joy back.”

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8 Sleek Tape Dispensers for Your Desk

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:29:08 GMT

The most mundane office staple becomes an object of desire.

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Your Week in Culture: Jay-Z, Eugene O’Neill and ‘Princess Bride’ in Theaters Nationwide

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:57:16 GMT

Jay-Z will headline Also the week of Oct. 15: Monteverdi’s groundbreaking “Orfeo” in Manhattan, and Mona Hatoum’s sly sculptures in Houston.

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Chinese Museum Pulls Exhibit Comparing Animals to Black People

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:14:00 GMT

A photography exhibit in Wuhan was criticized for placing images of wild animals side by side with black Africans, a juxtaposition many saw as racist.

Art and Museums in NYC This Week

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:25:17 GMT

“Fu Dao/Fu Dao, Upside-Down Buddha/Arrival at Good Fortune,” by Chen Zhen, at the Guggenheim. The work, incorporating industrial junk, suggests a modern society caught between the Buddhist spirit and consumer culture. See listing below.Our guide to new art shows, and some that will be closing soon.

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A Little Piece of Downtown Damascus in New Haven

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:09:31 GMT

The Syrian-born artist Mohamad Hafez in his studio in New Haven.A meticulously detailed model brings a glimpse of the Syrian civil war to the Yale University Art Gallery.

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Home and Work: A Paris Boudoir Where Everything’s Meant to Be Touched

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:53:38 GMT

Betony Vernon and her at-home version of the “theta rig,” one of her therapy tools, hanging from the ceiling of Heaven, the space where she sees clients.The jewelry designer Betony Vernon helps clients find erotic awareness through a combination of talk therapy, movement and occasional treatments.

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What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:14:30 GMT

An installation view of Ruth Asawa’s wire-woven openwork sculptures at David Zwirner.Ruth Asawa’s metal sculptures, Anne Imhof and Eliza Douglas’s collaborations, Sally Saul’s ceramics and a São Paulo gallery’s New York outpost.

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Former Sotheby’s Auctioneer to Advise on Newhouse Art Collection

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 22:00:12 GMT

Tobias MeyerThe family of S.I. Newhouse Jr. has chosen Tobias Meyer to help determine how to handle Mr. Newhouse’s formidable trove of art.

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Looted Antiquity, Once at Met Museum, to Return to Lebanon

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:22:24 GMT

A 2,300-year-old marble sculpture of a bull’s head will be returned to LebanonCollectors agreed to lift their objection to the return of an ancient marble sculpture of a bull’s head after seeing evidence that it had been stolen

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New Museum Selects Rem Koolhaas for Expansion on the Bowery

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:30:13 GMT

The facade of the New Museum, with the site 231 Bowery highlighted.The addition to the museum will create an additional 50,000 square feet for galleries, improved public circulation and other programs.

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MacArthur Foundation Names 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:32:58 GMT

Rhiannon Giddens, performing in the auditorium at Sing Sing in February. She is among the 24 people chosen as 2017 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.Rhiannon Giddens, the playwright Annie Baker and the theater artist Taylor Mac are among the 24 recipients of fellowships for “exceptionally creative people.”

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Show Us Your Wall: A Style-Minded Filmmaker at Home With Family Treasures

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:38:57 GMT

Lisa Immordino Vreeland at home in her art-filled apartment in Manhattan. Above her, from left: Etienne Drian’s sketch for a mural of the decorator Elsie de Wolfe jumping across the Atlantic; a Cindy Sherman photo from her “Untitled (Towelhead)” series; and a Diana Vreeland gouache by Cecil Beaton.Lisa Immordino Vreeland, who has a new book and documentary about Cecil Beaton, lives with art, sparely.

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A Wingless Angel Comes to Light

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:24:40 GMT

A plaster copy of one of the 18th-century Italian sculptor Antonio Canova’s works will go on public view on Oct. 28 at the Tefaf New York show at the Park Avenue Armory.A plaster version of a Canova is coming to New York. The original marble work, with wings, was carved as part of a monument to Pope Clement XIII in Rome.

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MoMA Comes to Paris as Louis Vuitton Foundation Show Opens

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 21:12:58 GMT

Constantin Brancusi’s bronze sculpture “Bird in Space” (1928), center, is among the works that the Museum of Modern Art shipped from New York to Paris.Some 200 highlights from the museum’s collection — Brancusi to Wool to digital emoji — are starring in “Being Modern: MoMA in Paris.”

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Christie’s to Sell Major Leonardo da Vinci Work and a Warhol Tribute

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:14:36 GMT

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi,” unveiled at Christie’s on Tuesday.The last known Leonardo in private hands, “Salvator Mundi,” and Andy Warhol’s final silk-screen, “Sixty Last Suppers,” will be sold Nov. 15.

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Virtual Vandalism: Jeff Koons’s ‘Balloon Dog’ Is Graffiti-Bombed

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:19:03 GMT

The artist Sebastian Errazuriz used augmented reality to deface a famous sculpture by Mr. Koons to protest what he views as Silicon Valley’s monopoly on digital public space.

Profile in Style: Ilse Crawford’s Unerring Eye

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:45:01 GMT

The designer blends Scandinavian-inflected minimalism with warm English comfort in her practice, and at home.

New York Architects Chosen for Major New London Concert Hall

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:48:26 GMT

The Center for Music will be built on the current site of the Museum of London, near the Barbican Center.Diller Scofidio & Renfro, responsible for the High Line in Manhattan, is to design the Center for Music, a home for the London Symphony Orchestra.

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