Spearheaded by John Yau, Thomas Micchelli, Albert Mobilio and Natalie Haddad

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Stereotypically, artists take inspired, even foolish, chances for the sake of their work, while critics judge that work without as much risk to their professional reputation or financial well-being.

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LOS ANGELES — The remarkable two-museum show Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, gathering hundreds of photographs, collages, installations and other objects at both the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Getty Center, represents just a portion of the spectacular gift of the Mapplethorpe Trust to those institutions.

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Post image for Hip-Hop Report: Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Azealia Banks, 2 Chainz

The big question in hip-hop this season: which megaartiste made the superior album, Kanye West or Kendrick Lamar?

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Post image for Flesh and Bones: Philip Guston’s “Thingness”

The idea of an abrupt transition between the abstract work and the late figuration has become so ingrained in the narrative of Guston’s career that a view suggesting a more gradual evolution might meet with resistance.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on April 24, 2016

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This week, identity art, the impact of AIDS on art, color palettes of masterpieces, artist responsibility, Afro-pessimism, journalism problems, the Prince font, and more.

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Weekend Words: Gold

by Weekend Editors on April 24, 2016

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“In the gloom, the gold gathers light against it.”

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Edward St. Aubyn’s ‘The Patrick Melrose Novels’

To begin reading a contemporary novel isn’t easy, if you’re not in the habit.

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Post image for An Ivory Tower Artist: Joe Bradley’s Recent Paintings, Sculptures, and Drawings

His work suggests that once Bradley conceives of his project, he is able to pass effortlessly through the style, like an adept actor able to play any role as long as it isn’t too serious and doesn’t require a lot of feeling.

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Steve DiBenedetto has not been sitting still. I cannot imagine that he ever does.

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Beer with a Painter: June Leaf

by Jennifer Samet on April 23, 2016

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Walking through the green door into June Leaf’s old-school New York studio — a street-level space downtown — is a bit like entering a Willy Wonka world.

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