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Maira Kalman Selects, one of eight inaugural shows at the newly renovated Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, features precisely what its title promises: a group of objects from the Smithsonian collections handpicked by artist, author, and designer Maira Kalman.

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Post image for Unwrapping the Ancient Egyptian Practice of Animal Mummification

Millions of animal mummies — some elaborately dressed, others plainly wrapped — were buried by ancient Egyptians and the exact reason for the death ritual is an ongoing archaeological mystery.

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PARIS — Members of the Oulipo movement play with generative poetic combinations and permutations. Their interests lie at the conceptual nexus of algorithmic art software and remix culture at large, combining all forms of hypertext hybrids, experimental word swarms, and shared authorship projects.

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LONDON — Rembrandt: the Late Works is that truly rare event: a study focusing on an artist whose quality of output is so universally lauded that is fully supported by staggering loans never previously shown in this combination or indeed in the same country.

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Abusing the Marquis de Sade

by Joseph Nechvatal on January 2, 2015

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PARIS — Georges Bataille, in The Accursed Share, said that if the Marquis de Sade had not existed, he would have had to been invented.

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Post image for Two Bibles on View in NYC Showcase the Art and Violence of Medieval Books

Two incredible examples of medieval book art are on rare view in New York: the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting the hefty Winchester Bible, and the Morgan Library and Museum is celebrating the Crusader Bible and its vivid battle scenes.

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The Teddy Bears and Soda Cans of Clare Graham

by Erin Joyce on December 30, 2014

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LOS ANGELES — The term “craft,” especially in the context of the art world, is tricky. Who decides what’s art and what’s craft, and is there a hierarchy between the two? Happily, an exhibition sometimes comes along to further blur the line, as is the case with Clare Graham & MorYork: The Answer is Yes at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

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Making Art from Life in Palestine

by Nashwa Khan on December 30, 2014

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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Rehab Nazzal’s exhibition Visible, curated by Stuart Keeler at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, had me sitting and crying for hours.

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A Biennial Beyond the Art World

by Sarah Rose Sharp on December 29, 2014

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DETROIT — The People’s Biennial at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) successfully draws on the founding concept of the biennial art event, with the original model of the Venice Biennale in 1895 intended to be a sort of World’s Fair of contemporary art.

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KLEINBURG, Ontario — With a much-lauded show of cutouts at MoMA and a group exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, Henri Matisse seems to be experiencing (yet another) moment in the North American art scene. Canada’s McMichael Collection has joined the fray with its exhibition Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse.

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