Jillian Steinhauer

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In an uncomfortable echo of the reeducation campaigns of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced that artists, filmmakers, and TV staff will be sent to live and work in rural villages so that they will “form a correct view of art and create more masterpieces,” China’s official news agency, Xinhua, announced.

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Post image for Finding Room to Breathe (and Feel) at Art Basel Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH — One of the things I find hardest about art fairs — particularly those held in convention centers and large exhibition halls — is their aesthetic. Bright, clinical white everywhere, with temporary walls set at perfect right angles and the gridwork of pipes and rafters floating high above. It’s hygienic enough to make you swoon over even the most banal abstraction.

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Post image for #BlackLivesMatter vs #ArtBasel

MIAMI BEACH — Unsurprisingly, the best expression of the cognitive dissonance I’m once again feeling — living simultaneously in the real world and the art world, which feel so frustratingly far apart — comes in the form of a tweet.

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Post image for Art Historian Spots Lost Avant-Garde Painting in Background of Kids Movie

Just as the mouse may be as an “unexpected” artistic muse, so a Hollywood kids movie about a talking mouse is an unexpected place to find a missing painting from the Hungarian modernist avant-garde.

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Post image for Behold Nazi Postcards from the Infamous Degenerate Art Show

The Nazis, one supposes, fell into the usual trap: they expected everyone to see it their way, no added explanation or convincing necessary.

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Post image for Official Resigns, Contract Withdrawn in Houston Public Art Fiasco

A major art commission in Houston has been suddenly placed on hold, prompting the resignation of a director at the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and causing an outcry in the city’s art community, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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Post image for Smithsonian: Exhibiting Cosby Collection “Does Not Imply Any Position on the Serious Allegations”

After last week’s radio silence, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art has released a new statement acknowledging the rape allegations against Bill Cosby.

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Post image for Frida Kahlo’s Studio and Garden Will Spring Up in New York

Frida Kahlo will have her first solo show in New York City in more than 25 years, at the New York Botanical Garden, of all places.

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Post image for Creating Community Space Inside a Dumpster

Of all the places to set up an “inflatable classroom” and community event space, a dumpster seems among the most improbable.

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Post image for What Should the Smithsonian Do with Its Show of Bill Cosby’s Art Collection?

As rape allegations against Bill Cosby have continue to emerge this week, with a fifth and sixth woman stepping forward to publicly accuse the iconic comedian, the backlash has been swift. But Cosby’s collaboration with the art establishment remains alive and well.

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