Post image for The Bloody History of Pakistan in Miniature Landscapes

LONDON — Pakistan is not an old nation state, but its history — and, indeed, its present — is uncommonly steeped in blood.

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A Room Full of Suspended Memories

by Seph Rodney on June 28, 2016

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There is whispering in the background here, or perhaps it’s talking I can’t make out.

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Post image for An Intimate Encounter with Paul Strand’s Photographic Journeys

LONDON — It’s always surprising when important artists get overlooked. It’s the case of Paul Strand in the UK, whose contribution to the history of photography might still slip away from the British public’s view.

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Post image for How Sean Scully Bent the Grid

The Irish-born, London-educated, abstract painter Sean Scully established a signature style of painting nearly four decades ago.

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Post image for Tactile Performances that Probe the Body and Its Aging

PHILADELPHIA — Ally, an exhibition at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, is a collaboration between artist Janine Antoni, choreographer Stephen Petronio, and movement artist and activist Anna Halprin.

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Post image for The Evolution of Dressmaking, from Hand- to Machine-Made

A clever way of telling if a piece of clothing is a knock-off is to look at the stitching: if it’s crooked, it’s probably been hastily assembled in some sweatshop; if it’s straight, it’s been meticulously formed with the utmost sensitivity to detail in an atelier.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: ‘In the Empire of the Air: The Poems of Donald Britton’

When I wandered ingenuously onto the scene, Donald Britton was a young star, or so I considered him, just a few years older than me (actually a bit more than a few, it turns out — he always looked so boyish) yet somehow wiser.

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Post image for The Many Pleasures of Reading Donald Britton’s Poems

This slim volume of poetry might stir up the tears you have been keeping inside you, especially if, like me, you are old enough to remember the 1980s and the AIDS epidemic, the seemingly endless roll call of people you knew and didn’t know who died horribly.

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Post image for Stephen Westfall Unscrews His Grids Even More

Ten years ago, in an interview that I did with Stephen Westfall, he said that he was interested in a skewed grid because it looked as if “the whole thing could tremble and be knocked over.”

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Post image for Naked in the Berkshires: ‘Splendor, Myth and Vision’ at the Clark

Art and power have a strong mutual attraction; in the West, their passionately shared interest is the nude body – particularly the female one.

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