Essays

Madness in My Family

by Aram Saroyan on July 29, 2015

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When Saroyan, a biography of my father William Saroyan by Lawrence Lee and Barry Gifford, was published in 1986, I was coming off a five-year run during which I wrote three books about my family and couldn’t handle sitting down to read another word about them.

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Post image for Silhouette Portraits from the Days Before Photography

Before photography, the silhouette was a popular form of portraiture more affordable than oil painting, where the outline of a face in profile was cut in black. “It was very popular to have a silhouette cut, especially if you were getting married, or elderly before you kicked the bucket,” said Willis Henry, proprietor of Willis Henry Auctions. This […]

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BOSTON — As the ferry chugs away from Long Wharf and drifts out into the open water of Boston Harbor, one is reminded that it was the ocean trade that defined the roots of this old American city.

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In 2014, a group of artists named Harlem Art Collective saw aesthetic potential in an abandoned wall located in a stalled construction site on East 116th Street.

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News

Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on July 28, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: terrifying golden head sculptures stolen from a British festival, an alleged thief blames museum’s flimsy security for his thievery, and ancient ivory penis carvings turn up missing from an antiques store.

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I am writing to you today with a simple request: take down the pictures of Bill Cosby in your current exhibition Conversations.

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Events

ArtRx LA

by Matt Stromberg on July 28, 2015

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LOS ANGELES — This week, the works of an elusive collector go on view, arts and culture review The Third Rail launches its fifth issue, an outdoor art and performance event from the mid-90s is revisited, and more.

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CHIANG MAI, Thailand — When I first heard about Sandra Bland I was in the Seoul airport, en route to Thailand where I would begin my journey across Southeast Asia and beyond.

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Post image for Rubin Museum Honors Nek Chand, Visionary Artist who Built Paradise from Debris

Following India’s independence in 1947, architect Le Corbusier was recruited to design Chandigarh, the country’s first planned modern metropolis.

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Post image for Artist Proposes Adding Stone Carving of Outkast to Confederate Monument

Now that surveying and debating the fates of Confederate monuments around the US has become a national pastime, an artist has proposed a spottieottiedopaliscious solution for one of the most egregious and seemingly immovable.

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