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It’s always strange to hear about artists in the pay of governments — the union seems so mismatched. In a recent interview with the Washington City Paper, cartoonist Chip Beck discussed using his pen to further the CIA’s mission abroad.

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On Sunday night, more than 8,000 books and manuscripts were destroyed after ISIS militants bombed Mosul’s Central Library.

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LOS ANGELES — Benjamin Lord’s grossly delectable photographs, on view in his exhibition The New Retail Mycology at Monte Vista Projects, invite viewers to closely consider the social construction of a landscape.

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When the Audubon Society launched its redesigned website last month, it included gorgeous high-resolution images of the 435 plates from John J. Audubon’s The Birds of America.

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Before the quarter-mile ramp of New York’s Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright envisioned a smaller slope on the West Coast.

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Interviews

Plotting Your Favorite Novels Visually

by Becca Rothfeld on February 25, 2015

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Matthew Jockers, a professor at the University of Nebraska, is at work compiling data from novels in an attempt to determine if they share a set of common plots.

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The art world is not a market. It’s a conversation. MFA Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts is a low-residency, interdisciplinary graduate program that aims to create a global community and conversation within the arts.

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It is always a thankless task to review a show against the backdrop of current political events.

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Museums

Nirvana for Lovers of Victoriana

by Olivia McEwan on February 25, 2015

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LONDON — A Victorian Obsession is a touring exhibition of the largest collection of Victorian painting outside Great Britain: 52 works of consistently staggering technical quality and significance, owned by Mexican businessman Juan Antonio Pérez Simón.

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Online

A Bloody Video Game Ode on a Grecian Urn

by Allison Meier on February 24, 2015

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Apotheon brings the classical world of ancient Greek pottery to life as a full-length animated video game.

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