Allison Meier

Post image for Yale’s Center for British Art Reopens Its Historic Louis Kahn Building

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — At last week’s reopening of the Yale Center for British Art, Matthew Hargraves, chief curator of art collections, called its Long Gallery “one of the great undiscovered spaces of the 20th century.”

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Post image for Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s Restored Studio Opens for Public Tours

When Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney set up her sculpture studio in Greenwich Village’s MacDougal Alley, one 1907 newspaper headline blared: “Daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt Will Live in Dingy New York Alley.”

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Post image for Mel Chin Crowdfunds a Film About Climate Change, Featuring an Inuit Hunter and Poodles

Artist Mel Chin’s plan was to film an Inuit hunter racing through the streets of Paris on a sled pulled by seven fluffy white poodles, timing this vision of the Arctic in the French capital with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in December of last year.

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Post image for The Life of One of the 20th Century’s Most Influential Nude Models

“That which is the immodesty of other women has been my virtue — my willingness that the world should gaze upon my figure unadorned,” Audrey Munson, the favorite nude model of the Beaux Arts movement in the United States, once proclaimed.

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Post image for Smithsonian Doubles Its Bill Traylor Holdings Ahead of 2018 Retrospective

Bill Traylor’s drawings and paintings were not recognized by the art world until decades after his death in 1949.

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Post image for A 19th-Century Birdcage Automaton Comes to Life, and Auction

Shimmery, singing birds flit from perch to perch and a butterfly flaps its hand-painted, iridescent wings above an animated fountain on a three-tune musical automaton birdcage clock by Bautte & Moynier.

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Post image for A Gift to Cooper Hewitt Fills Gaps in the Collection

Thanks to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s 19th-century roots and the Hewitt sisters’ collection, the institution has strong holdings in that era’s decorative arts. This month, the New York museum announced that its 20th-century collections were strengthened with a considerable gift from George R. Kravis II.

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Post image for An Ancient Mosaic of the God of Wine Debuts in New York

The Onassis Cultural Center NY is showcasing four decades of archaeological findings from Dion, the ancient Greek village that tried to get as close to the gods as possible by building shrines and structures on the slopes of Mount Olympus.

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Post image for How Andrew Wyeth’s Cast Bronze Hands Inspired a Morbid Self-Portrait

Andrew Wyeth was not fond of self-portraits, and they rarely appear in his long career in 20th-century realism.

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Post image for An Icon of Midcentury Organic Modern Architecture Is Destroyed

A spiraling 1955 house that was considered one of the icons of 20th-century organic modernism has been destroyed.

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