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Fine Art news and analysis from The Nation
October 5, 2017
Is This What We Stand For?
September 29, 2017
Hélio Oiticica’s Place for People
The Brazilian artist’s manipulations of color and space became a way for him to challenge society’s inequalities.
September 26, 2017
Alberto Giacometti and Alice Neel, Face to Face
The two artists have more in common than it might seem.
September 18, 2017
Speaking of the ‘Female Gaze’
In today’s confused, commercial, and not-quite-intellectual environment, the phrase “female gaze” functions in varied ways, according to its users’ needs.
September 13, 2017
Wandering Through Documenta
Do big, world-scale art exhibitions have any use today?
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August 23, 2017
Robert Rauschenberg and the Art of the New Frontier
The artist was, above all, a restless and resourceful gatherer of materials—cultural as well as physical.
July 11, 2017
The Presence of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Paintings
Though she routinely paints human figures, it’s better to understand her work as abstract art.
June 29, 2017
The Ambiguous Sculptures of Melvin Edwards and Rachel Harrison
Time spent with their work serves as a reminder that most good artists don’t provide ironclad justifications for their choices
June 26, 2017
Percival Everett’s Abstract Art
His new novel,
So Much Blue
, is a meditation on seeing and abstraction, and it might be key for recognizing a new form of literary social critique.
May 26, 2017
Owning Time at the Venice Biennale
If only for an hour, the Zimbabwean artist Admire Kamudzengerere sought to exert control over an audience culled from the wealthy, sophisticated, international art-world elite.