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Diego Velázquez was a restless innovator, a painter who slyly revealed the ordinariness of his exalted subjects--one is almost tempted to call him modern.

Fernando Botero's latest series of paintings, inspired by the Abu Ghraib photos, immerse us in the experience of suffering in a way the original photographs never did.

Two books on art controversies and arts funding in America explore how and
when taxpayer money can be used to support public art.

Two new biographies of Clement Greenberg take the measure of an ambitious art critic who had a knack for predicting success.

Andy Warhol's eye for significant banality transformed the familiar into art. Ric Burns's new American Masters documentary traces the roots of Warhol's smirking genius.

The targeting of civilians in Gaza and Lebanon summons the image of Picasso's wrenching mural that memorialized innocents
caught in the crossfire.

In the late '60's, Eva Hesse's ambitious sculptures challenged the art world. Collected in a new exhibition, her art is even greater today.

Two biographies of Thomas Eakins reveal the art world's attitudes about the painter's bodily obsessions: Was he a curious innocent, a brilliant anatomist or a dirty old man?

The art on display at the Whitney Biennial 2006 doesn't have to tell us
it's not morning in America: We know that by watching the evening
news.

Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton is on a buying spree, filling her
Arkansas museum with America's cultural treasures--a fig leaf that seeks
to cover Wal-Mart's naked greed and exploitation.

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

September 2, 2014