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A midcareer painter discusses the personal and far-reaching influence of the late Richard Artschwager.

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The Los Angeles-based artist and writer explains architecture’s systemic effect on his work.

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Reacting to excerpts from his own forthcoming novel, the artist contemplates the violence of both sex and painting.

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The paradoxes of public self-revelation.

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New York artist B. Wurtz recounts the wonder induced by a museum display of colorful rocks and minerals, and by an intimate observatory view of the moon.

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The New Yorkâ??based artist discusses the impact of the former first couple on her own life and work.

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Painter and sound artist Jennie C. Jonesâ??while deeply concerned with African-American identity, aesthetics and art historyâ??maintains an intense artistic rapport with the formalist abstractions of the late Ellsworth Kelly.

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Tile manufacturer Henry Mercer’s personally designed concrete museum in Doylestown, Penn., is a vast Wunderkammer of some 15,000 preindustrial tools and craft implements.

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Painter and sound artist Jennie C. Jonesâ??while deeply concerned with African-American identity, aesthetics and art historyâ??maintains an intense artistic rapport with the formalist abstractions of the late Ellsworth Kelly.

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The artist aims for synesthesia in his painting.

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Random items in the artistâ??s studio prove inspirational.

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Old films and the 360-degree view from his Manhattan studio rooftop inspired the artist’s panoramic video installation at the Whitney Museum.

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The Minneapolis-based artist discusses the myriad effects of manifestos.

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When she was a girl living near a park in London, a pair of binoculars and two highly imaginative brothers opened up vast realms of make-believe for the future painter.

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The British artist relates his sense of visual rhythm to an innate drive nurtured in a childhood home where legendary drummers came to jam.

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Flux guides this artistâ??s practice.

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The Miami-based artist recalls an influential classmate.

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No muse for this artist: instead, literate friends, hard work and good fortune.

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The New York artist tells how a recent trip to India has affected his work.

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Throughout his life, certain placesâ??his childhood home in Philadelphia, the Fisher Library at the University of Pennsylvaniaâ??have, for subtle reasons, induced Julian Hoeber to link the magic of art to introspection.

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In short iPhone notations that he calls â??portals,â? digital artist Ian Cheng compiles quotations and personal reflections that stimulate his creative play.

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A sculptor contemplates the comma as art and idea.

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New York artist Derrick Adams recalls the galvanizing effect that David Hammonsâ??s works and actions had on him while he was a student at Pratt Institute in the mid-â??90s.

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From the cosmic level to the subatomic, the emptiness that arguably constitutes most of the universe prompts Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade to ruminate playfully on gravitation, action at a distance, indeterminacy, and the nature of being.

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Latin American folk-art votives inspire the French artist to reflect on all-encompassing mental structures.

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Accounts of the famed Gutai artist, known for wrestling mud and hanging from a rope to paint with his feet, spurred Paul McCarthy toward his signature performance technique.

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The Peru-born, U.S.-based artist pays tribute to a post-revolutionary experimental Cuban filmmaker, whose gritty, staccato-paced work was in turn influenced by his uncle’s freely associative poetry.

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L.A. artist Andrea Bowers reflects on several feminist peersâ??Fantani Touré, Nancy Buchanan and Micol Hebronâ??who have bolstered her own creative determination.

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Los Angeles artist Edgar Arceneaux recalls the disorienting effect of witnessing a bizarre post-Halloween police response in Watts.

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Virtually brought up in the library stacks of Beijing University, Xu Bing developed a lifelong fascination with booksâ??especially those he could not read.

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Issues of queer identity and artistic solidarity, along with the workâ??and/or presenceâ??of talented colleagues, inspire the performance artist and choreographer.

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Stained-glass windows, mandalas, Oriental carpets and a Catholic boyhood all contribute to the abstract painter’s penchant for orderly systems and matter-of-fact spiritual elevation.

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The comforts of her own abode and the single-mindedness of great singers restore the much-traveled photographer.

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The constructs, mental as much as physical, designed by New York conceptualist Sarah Oppenheimer subtly explore boundaries, spatial discontinuities, sightlines and viewer movement.

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A sense of the potential “vastness” of experienceâ??spurred by everything from an old girlie ashtray to Velázquez’s paintingsâ??motivates the artist to convey his own gee-whiz wonder to viewers.