A new publication tries hard to reinvent Kusama as a champion of racial equity despite her troubling record of anti-Black statements.
Are We Asking Too Much of Public Art?
We want public art to interrogate social injustices, fill us with love and joy, and brush aside human flaws, but it rarely ever lives up to these expectations.
It’s Time to Rewrite the Canon of Women Artists
Katy Hessel’s new survey of women artists leaves out men, but also falls short of offering a new take on feminist art history.
75 Years After the Palestinian Nakba
P21 Gallery in London assembles an eclectic artist collective to commemorate and count the consequences of the Palestinian Catastrophe, 75 years later.
How a Stolen Nepali Statue Found Its Way Home
A long-lost Vajradhara sculpture that resurfaced in a Hong Kong collection highlights scholars’ responsibility to mediate between communities and the art market.
The Dangerous Allure of the Royal Aesthetic
The pomp and pageantry of King Charles’s coronation follows the playbook of authoritarian theatrics.
Why We Never Visited Michael Heizer’s City
We counted down the minutes until we hit the stretch of highway closest to the installation, but we didn’t stop.
The Caste Bias of Tech Platforms
From Twitter and Instagram to matchmaking apps, tech companies have helped modernize the caste system instead of dismantling it.
Why Is The Met Gala Honoring an Islamophobe With Nazi Roots?
The Costume Institute is willfully ignoring Karl Lagerfeld’s bigoted views and his family’s concealed Nazi past.
Arts Grantmakers Must Change Their Ways
The nonprofit industrial complex in the US has failed artists. Rocío Aranda-Alvarado and Lane Harwell of the Ford Foundation’s Creativity and Free Expression team suggest nine ways to change that.
Why Depressing Art Is Good for You
From Ilya Repin to Charlie Kaufman, artists who explore the darkest human impulses can give us hope and inspire us to be better.
We Need More Nuance When Talking About Repatriation
Patricia Marroquin Norby, the Met Museum’s curator of Native American Art, reflects on the lesser-discussed everyday challenges of repatriation work.