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The shadows were the elective habitat of the artist Bruce Conner, who thought true knowledge was shrouded in secrecy.

Ai Weiwei and the Art of Protest

The courageous Chinese dissident has always had an eye for the point where art and politics meet in performance.

Stoning the Refrigerator (1996), by Jimmie Durham

Does a sculptor destroy things or merely change them?

Karl Benjamin

Benjamin was greatly admired for his serious and dedicated approach to painting, his investment in those he chose to mentor and for being a truly kind soul.

Jérôme Bel’s Disabled Theatre

Steeped in anthropology and art history, this summer’s big shows are occasions for talk instead of exploring art that reaches the unsaid.

Henri Matisse, Landscape Near Collioure (1905)

When collecting works of avant-garde art, Albert Barnes and Leo and Gertrude Stein seemed even madder than its makers.

Frieze New York, 2012

Chockablock with art, art fairs are essentially authorless.

Portrait of a Young Man (1478), by Antonello da Messina

How Renaissance painters brought human presence to the fore.

Vanessa, Philadelphia (2006), by Zoe Strauss

Zoe Strauss has turned the streets of Philadelphia into a museum for her photography.


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

September 2, 2014