At FIAC Art Fair, Ambitions Are High. Can Sales Keep Pace?

PARIS — It’s hard to escape the sense of rivalry between France and its cross-channel neighbor, from the Battle of Agincourt through the Napoleonic Wars to President Charles de Gaulle blocking Britain’s entry into the European Economic Community. And now that Britain has left the European Union, France is looking to gain an economic edge …

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The Many Styles of Emma Amos, and Her Drive to Get Free

PHILADELPHIA — Spend a few hours on social media, and you’ll come across heated discussions about who gets to speak for whom. That makes it a good time for an exhibition of art by Emma Amos, a painter, printmaker and weaver who grappled with age-old questions of identity and authority that feel freshly urgent. “Emma …

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For This Artist, the Medium Is the Body

MANCHESTER, England — Rolling, scrubbing, shoving and stroking: The dance piece “Human Measure,” which premiered here earlier this month, is filled with bodies touching. Performed by the multimedia artist Cassils and five other mostly nude dancers, all six of whom are nonbinary, the choreography alternates between sensuously intimate and hedonistically frenetic. The tone set by …

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The Revolutionary Model Turned Painter

PHILADELPHIA — It’s hard to believe that “Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel” at the Barnes Foundation is the first American museum show for this sensational French painter. Born in Bessines-sur-Gartempe and raised in Paris by a single mother, Valadon (1865-1938) began drawing at the age of 9. After a few unsuccessful career attempts, which she …

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3 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now

Kevin Beasley Ongoing. performa2021.org. Last Friday at 5 p.m. I joined a small crowd at the intersection of Orchard Street and Rivington on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to see “The Sound of Morning,” a piece by the sculptor and performance artist Kevin Beasley, commissioned by the Performa Biennial. (Though Beasley’s performance is over, …

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In Washington, a Beloved Birthplace for Artistic Giants

This article is part of our latest Fine Arts & Exhibits special report, about how art institutions are helping audiences discover new options for the future. WALLA WALLA, WASH. — In this valley nestled between the Blue Mountains and Palouse Hills, there is a sleepy warehouse neighborhood where giants are born. At the Walla Walla …

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Revisiting the Great Chicago Fire of 1871

This article is part of our latest Fine Arts & Exhibits special report, about how art institutions are helping audiences discover new options for the future. It was 150 years ago that Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a candle, touching off the Great Chicago Fire, or so the legend goes. The blaze, which burned for …

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