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Fine Art news and analysis from The Nation
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The Presence and Absence of Basquiat
May 24, 2018
The Standard of Pure Abstraction
The painters Joe Overstreet and James Little subvert the demands of representation.
April 19, 2018
Joan Jonas’s Fragments
More than anything else, time itself is the material Jonas works with, manipulating it as a sculptor might mold clay.
March 30, 2018
The Ubiquitous Medium
Carissa Rodriguez’s work leads viewers to scrutinize our choices and values as they relate to video—to recording and being recorded.
March 26, 2018
Joyce J. Scott’s Coexisting Forces
Scott’s art is unabashedly political, broaching subjects like guns, racism, and misogyny. It’s also gorgeous, rich with tactile materials, color, and an attention to light.
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March 14, 2018
John Ashbery’s Day Job
The poet as art critic.
March 9, 2018
Encountering Ghosts in Family Photos, Historical Dolls, and ‘Black Panther’
Mythmaking can connect the past to the present, and reveal a promised future.
Patricia J. Williams
February 23, 2018
Daniel Joseph Martinez’s Blunt Statements
What does it mean for an American artist to make photographs using the image of the German revolutionary Ulrike Meinhof?
February 13, 2018
The First Black Presidential Couple in the National Portrait Gallery—and the First Black Presidential Portrait Artists
Rujeko Hockley, an assistant curator at the Whitney, reflects on the importance of the works by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald.
January 26, 2018
Margins and the Mainstream at the New Museum’s ‘Trigger’
As something that confutes the distinction between fact and fiction, gender is fundamentally congruent with art and aesthetics.