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Top to bottom: Remembrance (2010), Wenchuan Steel Rebar (2008–12)

The beauty and muchness of Ai Weiwei’s art is often underwhelming.

Arthur Danto

If, in an age of mechanical reproduction, art had lost its aura, he restored that aura; he enchanted an unenchanted world.

A Glyph (2013) by Carol Bove at the High Line in New York City

Sculpture as a study in disintegration.

Gramsci Archive and Library, part of Gramsci Monument (2013), Thomas Hirschhorn

Thomas Hirschhorn’s unmonumental monument to egalitarianism and Antonio Gramsci.

Twenty Questions (A Sampler), 1986, by Lorna Simpson

Two photographers focus on the difficulties of putting words to what one sees.

Dancers at the Barre (1895–1900), by Edgar Degas

A painter who never lost sight of life’s being perpetually in transition.

Under the Horse Chestnut Tree (circa 1898), by Mary Cassatt

In her printmaking the artist searched for a constantly elusive vision.

photo of Janet Malcolm

The war between democracy and aristocracy in Janet Malcolm’s Forty-One False Starts.

Portrait of Charlie Parker

The Whitney’s adventurous, awkward attempt to explore abstract art through the blues.