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Art Spiegelman, Self-Portrait With Maus Mask, 1989

Art Spiegelman’s twitchy irreverence

Tulips (1995–98), by Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons and the art of blissful idiocy; Kara Walker’s art of subtlety.

Scarlett Johansson as the title character in Luc Besson’s Lucy

How Scarlett Johansson learned to become aloof from her own seductiveness.

Orpheus (2008), by Trevor Winkfield

Trevor Winkfield is a connoisseur of the original, spare and strange.

Sarah Polley and Michael Polley in Stories We Tell

In Stories We Tell, actor turned director Sarah Polley interrogates her past, revealing that our stories are our dearest form of property.

Ellar Coltrane, age 7, in Boyhood

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is as modest and patient an act of daredevilry as has ever been achieved on film.

Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed’s The Orchard of Lost Souls is a haunting and powerful novel.

Madonna and Child With Four Saints (Spedalingo Altarpiece), by Rosso Fiorentino

Why Italian Mannerists like Rosso Fiorentino were painting’s first avant-garde.

Blogs

Songs about war and attendant suffering cut across all musical genres.

May 22, 2015

A new movie from Andrew Niccol stars Ethan Hawke as a pilot fighting terrorists from the ’burbs of Las Vegas.

May 15, 2015

Three million Vietnamese names, etched on copper plates 13 feet high.

May 11, 2015

In this week’s Altercation Eric honors artists and writers whose careers have stood the test of time.

May 5, 2015

The May Day occupation is part of an escalating campaign to get the Guggenheim to end the exploitation of migrant workers at the museum's Abu Dhabi site.

May 4, 2015

The Nation's critic in 1931 said the museum would abet the snobbery that believes "American painting is a second-rate affair."

April 27, 2015

This week's Altercation includes reviews of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's tributes to music icons and the darkly comedic Broadway hit Hand To God.

April 23, 2015

The best live shows, audiobooks and Eric's funeral playlist: it's all inside today's Altercation.

April 14, 2015

The best response to the new Daily Show host’s sexism would be to put more women in the writers’ room.

March 31, 2015

Eric responds to his critics and reviews the best shows of the week in today's Altercation.

March 25, 2015