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Mounted on remnants of the old Ming Dynasty city wall, which once surrounded Beijing, are Western clocks and astronomical instruments for observing celestial bodies.

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Omer Fast’s unsettling videos about the trauma of combat linger in one’s mind.

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Comics

My Mother-in-law, the Docent

by Edie Everette on May 2, 2016

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A very special kind of tour.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on May 1, 2016

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This week, the new SFMOMA, artist-gallery breakups, Obama and the Churchill bust, portraits out of data, Moscow’s tacky art problem, and more.

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Weekend Words: Alliance

by Weekend Editors on May 1, 2016

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“Alliance: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other’s pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.”

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Edward St. Aubyn’s ‘The Patrick Melrose Novels’ (Continued)

When I left off last week I was halfway through this quartet of low-life-in-the-midst-of-high-life novels, dissatisfied with the series’ prelude, Never Mind, but encouraged by the relative superiority of book two, Bad News.

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David Reed’s Panorama

by John Yau on May 1, 2016

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The last time David Reed showed paintings in New York was in 2007, nearly a decade ago.

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Lui Shtini’s Enigmatic Paintings

by John Yau on May 1, 2016

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I imagine that Lui Shtini has a growing group of admirers – many of them painters – just as Myron Stout, Christina Ramberg, Barbara Rossi, and Thomas Nozkowski did before him.

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Stereotypically, artists take inspired, even foolish, chances for the sake of their work, while critics judge that work without as much risk to their professional reputation or financial well-being.

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LOS ANGELES — The remarkable two-museum show Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, gathering hundreds of photographs, collages, installations and other objects at both the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Getty Center, represents just a portion of the spectacular gift of the Mapplethorpe Trust to those institutions.

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