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Gods and Monsters: Cubism at the Met

“To a new world of gods and monsters” is the promethean pledge from one mad scientist to another in James Whale’s classic Bride of Frankenstein (1935), but it’s easy to imagine the same toast echoing from a Montmartre studio in 1909 as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque raise a glass to the fractured new reality they’d uncovered.

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This Is the Art You Can Buy at Costco

Thirty-pound bags of flour, giant TV sets, and giant boxes of diapers are a few of the things you might find at the bulk discount store Costco. Oh yeah, and original art by Pierre Bonnard, George Rouault, Henri Matisse, and Andy Warhol. The big-box store has started selling fine art — and they’ve sold out all of their stock.

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At Prague’s Veletrzni Palac

Prague itself is like a museum, where contemporary architectural gems are situated next to old landmarks. It’s an embarrassment of riches. One day we walked through Prague’s 10th century castle district, then went down the hill a couple of blocks to find a Frank Gehry-designed office complex, and continued throughout the city to see Baroque, Gothic, Art Nouveau, and Cubist buildings. But if you had to visit just one Prague museum, it would have to be the Veletrzni Palac (Fair Trade Palace), a truly massive collection of Czech and European work originally built in 1925 for trade fairs.