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Farm Landscape (c. 1970), by Albert York

The eloquent silences of Albert York and Judith Scott.

The FBI Files, 28 (2002), by Arnold Mesches

Must art confront ugly realities with an ugliness of its own?

The Fall of Icarus (1943), by Henri Matisse

With his cutouts, Henri Matisse tried to free himself from gravity.

A still from Infiltrators (2012), by Khaled Jarrar

How much of the pressure of reality can a work of art bear before it ceases to be art?

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.

Orpheus (2008), by Trevor Winkfield

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

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

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

A still from La jetée (1962), by Chris Marker

Did Chris Marker think history to be not only an infinite book but a sacred one?

Untitled (Quetta, Pakistan), by Sigmar Polke, 1974/78

A quartet of shows at MoMA decoct enlightenment from the banal.

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A solo Koons exhibition, Danto wrote in 1989, was “a vision of an aesthetic hell.”

September 2, 2014