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Fine Art news and analysis from The Nation
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.
May 12, 2017
Acts of Insolence
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
is earnest in a way that’s ill-suited to a movie that pretends to razz the whole superhero business.
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May 2, 2017
Pushing the Limits of Photography
The reflexive photography of Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Jason Loebs.
April 25, 2017
Can the Pain of Others Be Transmuted Into Art?
While Dana Schutz’s
has received the lion’s share of attention
much of the Whitney Biennial seems to seek out controversy.
April 7, 2017
Who Needs the NEA and NEH?
What is really lost when we cut public funds for the arts and humanities.
April 7, 2017
If NEA Funding Gets Cut, Say Goodbye to These Vital Community Cultural Projects
From prison art therapy to tribal landmarks, art districts to agriculture-area artists, these programs make America richer.
April 6, 2017
Dana Schutz’s Right to Make Art
The controversy over “Open Casket” forces us to reconsider whether an artist’s identity matters.