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Art Review: A Groundbreaking Show Presents a New, Inclusive Vision of American Art

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:15:30 GMT

William H. Johnson’s “John Brown Legend,” circa 1945, makes the abolitionist its central image and shows him coming down from a cross and being greeted by a mother and her child. This rarely exhibited work is part of “Outliers and American Vanguard Art,” at the National Gallery.“Outliers and American Vanguard Art” in Washington, D.C., levels the wall between outsider and insider art, and finds a Venn overlap of “outliers.”

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Art Review: She Led Latin American Art in a Bold New Direction

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:00:30 GMT

“Antropofagia” (“Cannibalism”), 1929, a seminal work of Brazilian Modernism by Tarsila do Amaral that is part of a new show of her work at MoMA.Turning to Brazil’s indigenous cultures and folklore for inspiration, Tarsila do Amaral helped give rise to the country’s Modern movement, a MoMA exhibition shows.

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New York Botanical Garden Names Its First Female President

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:33:09 GMT

Carrie Rebora BarrattCarrie Rebora Barratt has spent most of her career as a curator and administrator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Art Review: Now at MoMA, a Work That Fidel Castro Banned 18 Years Ago

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:31:04 GMT

Tania Bruguera’s “Untitled (Havana, 2000),” at the Museum of Modern Art, features live performance.Tania Bruguera’s “Untitled (Havana, 2000)” is recreated, with a tunnel, nude bodies and videos of Fidel Castro. The work asks questions about history and politics.

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Taking On Austria’s Nazi Legacy With His Own Blood and Tears

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:24:04 GMT

Günter Brus at his home in Graz, Austria. “The aim was to break taboos,” he said of his actions. “My art doesn’t just stink in the physical space but smells in the souls of the people.”Günter Brus’s “actions” galvanized his country in the 1960s. As an exhibition marks the artist’s 80th birthday, a far-right resurgence has given his work new relevance.

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Museum Employee’s Will Points to a Long-Lost Klimt Drawing

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:12:03 GMT

Gustav Klimt’s “Zwei Liegende,” circa 1916-17, was discovered in the closet of a former museum secretary.A former secretary for a museum in Linz, Austria, detailed the location of the work in her will. She died in December, and the drawing has been returned to the city.

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What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:12:42 GMT

LaToya Ruby Frazier’s “Shea doing crochet braids in her cousin Andrea’s hair for Andrea’s daughter’s wedding” from the series “Flint is Family”.LaToya Ruby Frazier’s commanding series on Flint, Mich.; Kristin Walsh’s intricate aluminum machines; and Huguette Caland’s richly colored caftans.

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Show Us Your Wall: She Married an Artist, and Now Finds Comfort in His Work

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:44:37 GMT

Merele Williams-Adkins in her family’s home in Clinton Hill, with work by her husband, Terry Adkins, behind her, and a piece by Glenn Ligon, lower left.Merele Williams-Adkins honors her husband’s memory by preserving the art he made and the pieces he collected in their Brooklyn home.

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The Obama Portraits Drew a Strong Reaction. What Did They Mean to You?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 02:21:25 GMT

At left, the portrait of Mr. Obama by Kehinde Wiley, and the portrait of Mrs. Obama by Amy Sherald.Judging from the reaction, the official portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were anything but bland. Tell us what you thought of them.

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Still Making Art, and Sly Jokes, at Age 91

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:00:14 GMT

Geta Bratescu working in her studio in Bucharest in December.Geta Bratescu spent most of her career in obscurity in Communist Romania. Late in life she came to international recognition, and now has a major show in Los Angeles.

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In Search of Lost Time in Europe’s Sanatoriums

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:30:37 GMT

Completed in 1933 in the woods of southwest Finland, the architect Alvar Aalto’s Paimio Sanatorium was originally built, as most sanatoriums were, primarily to treat tubercular patients. After antibiotic treatments for TB became effective in the 1950s, the building was converted into a general hospital and is now a rehabilitation center for children.The facilities created a culture of escapism that persisted even as the world around them changed forever. Is it any wonder they feel more relevant than ever?

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5 Things T Editors Like Right Now

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:49:22 GMT

A roundup of things T editors — and a few contributors — are excited about on a given week.

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Obama Portraits ‘Push Us to Think More,’ Readers Say

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:30:51 GMT

The portraits of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were unveiled on Monday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.Times readers said the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unconventional, not unlike the former first couple, while others felt it didn’t capture their spirit.

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The Power of Wearing Flowers

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:37:33 GMT

At left, a headpiece of aspidistra leaves and lily of the valley by Brooklyn artist and floral designer Joshua Werber (on Instagram at The impulse to adorn ourselves with flora is as old as civilization itself. Here, three floral artists offer new takes on the most atavistic — and enduring — of traditions.

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A Bold Artist, a Quiet Texas Town and the Heritage of the Borderland

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:00:39 GMT

Michael Tracy at one of his residences in San Ygnacio, Tex. His signature outfit is an Indian kurta.Michael Tracy’s art isn’t his only legacy. He is restoring the Spanish colonial heritage of tiny San Ygnacio. So why don’t they love him there?

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12 Art Exhibitions to View in NYC This Weekend

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:00:23 GMT

“A Closer Winter Tunnel, February-March,” 2006, by David Hockney.Our guide to new art shows — and some that will be closing soon.

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Material Culture: How to Try and Where to Buy: Willow Baskets

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:15:08 GMT

The workshop of basketmaker Annemarie O'Sullivan in East Sussex, England.A handful of makers around the world offer classes in the centuries-old practice.

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Material Culture: The Enduring Appeal of: Baskets

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:09:47 GMT

Baskets, clockwise from left: Bonnie Gale, Willow Artist, There are some traditions that are universal. Here, we highlight a single craft — and how it’s being adapted, rethought and remade for the 21st century.

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Trilobites: Ancient Artists Carved Camels in Saudi Desert’s Stone

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:47:44 GMT

A carving of a camel in sandstone rock in Al Jawf, a site of several camel reliefs in northwest Saudi Arabia.The unique, life-size relief sculptures of humped creatures and other beasts of burden are about 2,000 years old, but little is known about their origins.

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Other Rooms: A (Teenager’s) Caravan in Tuscany

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:23:43 GMT

Paola Moretti’s Roller Super 3 in its resting place among horses of various breeds owned by Marco Semprini, a retired Italian polo player. Fornasetti’s Nuvolette clouds, on a wall covering by Cole & Sons, line the door’s interior.On a secluded beach in Punta Ala, a Fornasetti-outfitted mobile home is parked for good.

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Queens Museum Report Says Former Director ‘Misled the Board’

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:23:18 GMT

Asked to respond to the report on Wednesday, Laura Raicovich, the former director of the Queens Museum, said that she was not forced out.The report suggests that Laura Raicovich, who resigned on Jan. 26, was asked to step down over her handling of an Israeli government event last fall.

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Michelangelo Makes the Met’s Top 10 List

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:06:50 GMT

“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” drew 702,516 visitors over its three-month run.The show has bumped Alexander McQueen from the list of the museum’s 10 most attended exhibitions, but doesn’t come close to King Tut or the Mona Lisa.

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Three Centuries of Valentines Offer 12,000 Ways to Say ‘I Love You’

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:49:51 GMT

A cobweb Valentine from about 1845, part of the collection assembled by Nancy Rosin, pulls up into a cone shape.Look inside a vast collection of cards, from as early as the 1680s, featuring pop-ups, cutouts and Civil War soldiers.

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Obama Portrait Artists Merged the Everyday and the Extraordinary

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:12:59 GMT

From left, Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery; Kehinde Wiley; President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama; Amy Sherald; David Skorton, secretary of the Smithsonian. Mr. Obama said Mr. Wiley tried posing him “with partridges and scepters and thrones,” even “mounting me on horses.” “I had to explain that I’ve got enough political problems without you making me look like Napoleon,” Mr. Obama added.The former president and first lady and the two artists saw eye to eye — except for some negotiating points (like his gray hair and those ears).

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People, Places and things: A Cultural Compendium of What’s New

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:18:35 GMT

The lingua with salsa verde at Gucci Osteria.Statement pendants, Gucci’s new restaurant — and more.

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Floral Headpieces, Inspired by Female Artists

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:57:29 GMT

Joshua Werber created designs inspired by T’s story on women artists.

Critic’s Notebook: Obama Portraits Blend Paint and Politics, and Fact and Fiction

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:05:10 GMT

Kehinde Wiley has set Barack Obama against greenery, with flowers that have symbolic meaning. Amy Sherald’s take on Michelle Obama emphasizes an element of couturial spectacle and rock-solid cool.This Barack Obama Is No Mr. Nice Guy. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of the former president contradicts the impression he often made in office of being detached.

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