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Fine Art news and analysis from The Nation
January 8, 2018
Between What Is and What Could Be
A bold exhibit delivers the message that there can be much power in the decision, and autonomy in the will, to be an abstract artist in America.
December 21, 2017
Before Romare Bearden’s Collages
The painter’s little-known abstract period was not an end, but a method of discovery.
December 4, 2017
What We Can Learn From Art Painted Inside Guantánamo
A New York exhibition gives a rare glimpse into America’s most controversial prison.
November 30, 2017
What Does It Mean to Remember AIDS?
We’ve seen a flood of retrospective projects about AIDS—from books to dance to architecture and art. But who is being remembered? And why?
November 17, 2017
Dana Schutz, After the Whitney Biennial
A recent show of Schutz's work sheds light on a facet of her art that connects
to the rest of her paintings.
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November 6, 2017
Pieces of Vivian Maier
The mysterious photographer left behind so much and, at the same time, so little.
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.