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Fine Art news and analysis from The Nation
July 1, 2022
How Paula Rego’s Abortion Pictures Changed the Conversation
When well-meaning critics described her subjects as downtrodden, Rego shot back, “These women are not victims.”
June 20, 2022
How Bleak Is the Future of the Art World?
A conversation with critic Ben Davis about making art amid global crisis, fine art’s waning relevance, and his recent book
Art in the After-Culture
June 9, 2022
The Gods of Gala Porras-Kim
Her work reframes the way we might understand the seemingly intractable tensions between curating, colonialism, and cultural exchange.
May 30, 2022
The Art of Vivian Maier
Her photography made its subject everyday life, but her life makes us ask: Who gets to be an artist?
May 12, 2022
Florine Stettheimer, Insider Artist
Barbara Bloemink’s biography paints a complicated picture of an artist whose work both celebrated and critiqued the upper echelons of early-20th-century cultural life.
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May 11, 2022
The Whitney Biennial Isn’t As Bad as It Looks
But it sure does make a poor first impression.
May 5, 2022
The Ground Beneath Us: On the Photographs of An-My Lê
Her photos, whose subjects range from the Vietnamese countryside to the Rio Grande border, reveal hidden histories and elicit profound reconsiderations of the familiar.
April 5, 2022
The Fantasias of Niki de Saint Phalle
Her art aimed at the creation of two things: the fashioning of a new self and a new world.
March 29, 2022
Landscapes of the Mind
On Joseph E. Yoakum and Etel Adnan.
March 15, 2022
Howardena Pindell’s Decades-Long Fight to Integrate the Art World
There’s been a surge of interest in the 78-year-old artist’s work, but art institutions remain overwhelming white and male.