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Luchita Hurtado’s Spiritual Modernism
Her paintings strove to convey the ways sublime experience could be found in nature and the body.
June 9, 2021
Behind the Hedonist Persona of Francis Bacon
Annalyn Swan and Mark Stevens’s comprehensive study of the British artist is a sensitive investigation into his artistic identity.
June 3, 2021
A Year Lived Inside With Instagram and a Dutch Master
What Pieter de Hooch, social media, and the lockdown taught me.
May 25, 2021
Is It Time to Abolish Museums?
From problematic funders to union-busting, museums around the world have been beset by controversy. Can reform actually change these institutions?
May 19, 2021
Encounters With the Unknown
Returning to New York’s galleries in search of surprise.
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April 28, 2021
The Art of the Memoir With Japanese Breakfast
A conversation with indie pop artist Michelle Zauner on cooking, grieving, and the role politics plays in music.
April 21, 2021
Letter From Italy
“It’s as quiet in our street as it was a year ago.”
April 12, 2021
Philip Guston’s Peculiar History Lesson
On the painter’s politics of self-questioning.
April 9, 2021
Why Do We Believe in Photographs?
David Levi Strauss’s new book looks at the ancient roots of photography to understand how the medium became so distorted in the present.
February 20, 2021
The Communist Designer, the Fascist Furniture Dealer, and the Politics of Design
A tale of two bookcases.