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Verbatim: Simon Schama

Simon Schama talked to A.i.A. recently about the Jewish tradition of visual imagery, locating "Jewishness" in Mark Rothko, and the idea that beauty itself can be a mitzvah.

New Legislation Would Give Artists a Cut of Resale Profits

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced a retooled version of his 2011 resale royalties bill yesterday that would give living visual artists or their heirs a cut of the profits when their work--paintings, drawings, photographs or...

Italian Futurism Survey Opens at the Guggenheim

The first comprehensive survey of Italian Futurism mounted outside of Italy opens tomorrow at the Guggenheim in NewYork. On view through Sept. 1, "Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe" covers the movement's birth through the...

Dancing with Clay: An Interview with Lynda Benglis

From pigmented latex to beeswax, metals, polyurethane foam, glass and paper, American sculptor Lynda Benglis, 72, has explored materials widely in her nearly 50-year career. Her newest body of work includes 24 untitled ceramic tabletop sculptures...

Now Playing: An Interview with Dara Friedman

In PLAY (2013), Dara Friedman's new film and video work, now on view at New York gallery Gavin Brown's Enterprise, a cast of 32 often naked actors perform 17 vignettes about intimacy, fantasy and pleasure in keys ranging from gauzily idyllic to...

Did Vermeer Cheat? Penn & Teller Documentary Fuels Debate

Illusionist duo Penn & Teller's documentary Tim's Vermeer, now in limited theatrical release, controversially suggests that 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer used optical aids to execute his beloved pictures.

Spreading Love and Peace: Yayoi Kusama

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama personally introduced rooms full of characteristically technicolor, large-scale work yesterday at a preview of her inaugural exhibition with David Zwirner Gallery in New York, "I Who Have Arrived in Heaven" (through...

Balthus’s Mitsou Drawings: An Interview with Sabine Rewald

A suite of 40 never-before-exhibited drawings that show French painter Balthus (1908-2001) to have been a child prodigy is part of the show "Balthus: Cats and Girls," now at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art (through Jan. 12, 2014).

Mike Kelley Retrospective Fills MoMA PS1

The enormous, posthumous retrospective of the Detroit-born, Los Angeles-based artist Mike Kelley, who committed suicide in 2012 at age 57, opens in its largest manifestation yet on Sunday at Long Island City's MoMA PS1 (through Feb. 2, 2014). It's...

Desert Showdown: Artists’ Texas Projects in Peril

This summer, the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT)  pronounced artist Richard Phillips's latest work, an outdoor roadside sculpture near Marfa, Tex., and commissioned by Playboy Enterprises, to be unlawful advertising and ordered the company...

Syrian Artifacts in Serious Danger

"Syria's heritage is under attack," said Irina Bokova, director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in a press briefing Wednesday at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Paris Powerhouse Galerie Perrotin Opens in New York with Pivi

Parisian dealer Emmanuel Perrotin is extending his eponymous gallery's reach, opening its first New York branch Sept. 18 with an exhibition of new work by Italian multimedia artist Paola Pivi (through Oct. 26). The contemporary art gallery will...

Storytelling: An Interview with Kerry James Marshall

The painter Kerry James Marshall is known for taking on American historyfrom a black perspective. A significant sampling of his work is on view in Washington, D.C., at the National Gallery of Art's first-ever solo show of a living black artist.

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