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Garden of Unearthly Delights at the Japan Society

The beauty and hell of utopia and dystopia is the subject of Japan Society’s Garden of Unearthly Delights, which opened today in Manhattan.

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WALTHAM, Mass. — Back in 2009, Brandeis University announced that it would close its Rose Art Museum and sell off the entire collection, widely regarded as one of the best holdings of postwar and contemporary art in the country.

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David Lynch: The Unified Field continues at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts until January 11, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Before summoning unsettling images of horror out of the American everyday on film, David Lynch was a visual art student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial is the closest thing you’ll find to a crowd-sourced exhibition on view in New York right now — perhaps anywhere.

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Marcel Duchamp Paints the Body Electric

by Joseph Nechvatal on September 29, 2014

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PARIS — A nomadic but steady hand is clearly sensed in Marcel Duchamp’s work. He is often an excellent painter. But it is also true that with Duchamp’s legacy of conceptually anti-retinal art (and anti-art), there is something so pregnant with free-floating information that it electrifies and upsets some painters.

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Four Questions About Contemporary Arab Art

by Hrag Vartanian on September 28, 2014

Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum

I admit to feeling crippled by the New Museum’s Here and Elsewhere show. As the first major show of art from the “Arab world” in a New York museum, it stirs a huge well of emotions and frustrations about a topic that needs volumes to unpack.

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The Art of the Chinese Album, the outrageously beautiful exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, chronicles nearly 800 years of variations on a hybrid theme: painting and the book, fused into cinematically sequenced images, a meditative synthesis that speaks to our cultural disarray with startling immediacy.

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Francesco Clemente in India

by Melissa Stern on September 26, 2014

Francesco Clemente's Inspired by India at the Rubin Museum

One of things I have always loved about the Rubin Museum is their fearlessness when it comes to exhibition design and color.

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Post image for Delusions of Grandeur: GCC at MoMA PS1 and the New Museum

What does it mean when the people hired to make a body of work relevant, as the magazine Bidoun was for the collective GCC, call it “quick and cute and perfectly timed”?

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Film Strips Shining Like Stained Glass

by Daniel Larkin on September 25, 2014

Jennifer West, 'Flashlight Filmstrip Projections' (2014)

PORTLAND, Oregon — A cavernous room in an abandoned factory that once made window coverings is showcasing a different kind of window. Artist Jennifer West has installed a set of transparent plexiglass frames covered with strips of 35mm and 70mm film.

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