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News and Analysis from The Nation on Fine Art
January 23, 2017
In the Wings of Reality
Claude Arnaud’s biography of Jean Cocteau shows how the artist lived a life nourished by infinity.
January 18, 2017
Kerry James Marshall’s Enigmatic Authority
It seems a mistake to call him a realist in any but the loosest sense.
December 20, 2016
Ellen Cantor’s Perpetual Revisions
The artist’s final film tested her belief that love could be stronger than the will to power.
November 26, 2016
Philip Guston’s Man Beyond Redemption
Guston’s drawings of Richard Nixon stayed private until decades after the artist’s death.
November 4, 2016
New York City Students Tell Westboro Baptist Church That ‘God Loves Jazz’
Students countered a hateful Westboro protest with a spirited, impromptu concert.
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October 26, 2016
The Brilliance of Lines
Agnes Martin at the Guggenheim and Carmen Herrera at the Whitney.
October 20, 2016
Letters From the November 7, 2016, Issue
Two hearts beat as one… Fever dreams… Sticking with Stein… And the prize goes to…
September 21, 2016
Seeing David Hammons
Given that the artist is such a spectral presence, how can his multifarious oeuvre be summed up in a single retrospective survey?
August 25, 2016
Letters From the September 12-19, 2016, Issue
Portrait of the artist as an old man… Yes, black lives matter… Not-so-neo-Nazism…
August 23, 2016
Thomas Struth’s Post-Internet Art
His pictures generate a perceptual confusion that might best represent where we stand with technology today.