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Balthus in Rome, Where Balls Roam

by Barry Nemett on February 6, 2016

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Recently, I strolled through Balthus’s “The Street” (1933) at a recent retrospective of his work in Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale. Each time I see that remarkable, disturbing painting, I follow the drama of a different dreamer.

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Anri Sala,

The lingering trauma of repression and the heady, disconcerting repercussions of freedom are tendrils that wend their way throughout Sala’s refined, giddy, somber body of work.

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Ruth Gruber was the youngest PhD graduate in the world, earning her degree at the age of 20 with a doctoral thesis on Virginia Woolf (the first academic work on the author), when she trudged out into the Arctic and became the first journalist to interview prisoners at a Soviet Gulag in 1935.

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Post image for In a Tea Ritual, Stopping Time and Reflecting on War with a Veteran

As we sat in a circle, Aaron Hughes began Tea by describing where he was in February 2003: watching the snow fall in his barracks while his fellow American troops were being deployed to Kuwait for the Iraq war.

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The Museum of Neon Art Switches Back on in LA

by Abe Ahn on February 3, 2016

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GLENDALE, Calif. — The warm, electric glow and mid-century charm of neon signs are enduring features of Los Angeles’s historical buildings, but some of the city’s most beloved examples have not been seen since the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) closed its downtown LA location in 2011.

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VERSAILLES, France — In curator Béatrix Saule’s extensive exhibition Le Roi Est Mort (“The King Is Dead”), the Palace of Versailles is presenting a shaggy-dog narrative about the death of Louis XIV.

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Post image for Singapore’s New National Gallery Dubiously Rewrites Southeast Asian Art History

SINGAPORE — The National Gallery Singapore (NGS) opened on November 25, 2015 — a high point in Singapore’s year-round celebrations of 50 years as an independent nation.

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Post image for At Harlem’s First Children’s Museum, Artworks Strike Up Conversations

In October 2015 the first children’s museum in Harlem opened its doors.

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Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh, a collaboration between the Bangladeshi American Creative Collective and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, offers a dark view of the forces of industrial production and globalization at work in contemporary Bangladesh.

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Post image for Pop Irony’s Enduring Influence in the Art Institute of Chicago’s New Contemporary Collection

CHICAGO — The Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, which opened in 2009, has reinstated its contemporary collection after giving over most of the space in 2015 to a much-lauded retrospective of the American sculptor Charles Ray.

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