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Mitt Romney on Charitable Deductions: A $25,000 Cap?

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 12:35 PM

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Screenshot of Mitt Romney as he spoke about "bringing down [tax] deductions" in Tuesday night's debate


Mitt Romney's proposed federal funding cuts for Big Bird got mentioned by President Obama in Tuesday night's hotly contentious debate. The Republican's planned

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Bogus Barnes Foundation: Fake Galleries, Phony Populism (VIDEO)

(9) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 6:50 PM

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Top of the Barnes (behind Philadelphia's Free Library): Green roof on right. Gallery mock-ups on left, with clerestory windows that bring diffused natural light into the galleries below. In the middle, a cantilevered light box admits filtered and diffused sunlight into the event space...
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Munch's 'The Scream' at Sotheby's: Who Will Buy It? For How Much? (VIDEO)

(37) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 4:21 PM

One of four versions of Edvard Munch's iconic "The Scream" is in New York for a brief visit, but only a tiny fraction of the interested public here will get the chance to see it. That's because Sotheby's current presale exhibition of this art-history touchstone and popular-culture legend, to be...

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Gardner Wander: The New, the Old, the Glass Bottleneck in Between (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 12:17 PM

Art lovers approaching the venerable Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's sparkling new entrance pavilion are in for a shock when they catch sight of its striking copper facade, chemically patinated to bright Statue-of-Liberty green. This brash industrial-looking addition to the 110-year-old Venetian-style palazzo, a short walk on the Fenway...

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Crystal Bridges Gazing: My Video Tour of Alice Walton's New Museum

(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 3:29 PM

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Lower pond and suspension-bridge gallery for 20th-century works, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

After more than six years of intense planning, construction and collection-building (supported by more than $1 billion in contributions from Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton, members of her family,...

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First Look: Rem Koolhaas' Architecture For Architects At Cornell University

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 6:21 PM

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Cornell University's new Milstein Hall for architecture studies, designed by Rem Koolhaas

It's not entirely finished yet, and it's been under the radar in terms of press coverage. But Rem Koolhaas' new Milstein Hall, tucked behind the Arts Quad at Cornell University, has...

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Ai Weiwei on Google Plus: Looking for Trouble?

(2) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 2:14 PM

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Ai Weiwei's self-portrait, "Outside Tompkins Square Park," 1986

Photo by Lee Rosenbaum, from Asia Society's current installation


It didn't take long for Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, released from detention on June (but not entirely free), to resume his provocative...
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Rose Smells Sweet: Brandeis President Discusses Museum's Post-Litigation Future

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 12:29 PM

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Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence. Photo courtesy of Brandeis University


What a difference a new president makes!

Thanks in part to personal conversations initiated by Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence, who assumed his post Jan. 1, an agreement has now...

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McQueen's 'Savage Beauty' At The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Necromancy & The Met: Disturbing Allure Of His Dark Art (VIDEO)

(9) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 12:00 PM

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Tent for the Costume Institute's Gala May 2 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


While I was no fan of the catalogue, I was wowed by the coup de théâtre that is Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan...
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Alexander McQueen, the Royal Wedding and the Met: Fashion House Reigns, Scholarship Abdicates

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2011 | 6:31 PM

The anticipatory buzz surrounding the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty," May 4-July 31, has just become supersonic, thanks to a certain high-profile client of the British fashion house.

The Met's website for its Costume Institute's new exhibition, at this writing (five days before the show...

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British Art Royalty: Sir Anthony Caro Rules the Roof

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2011 | 1:57 PM

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Anthony Caro in the Metropolitan Museum's Roof Garden at midday with "Midday," 1960 (sometimes displayed in the Sculpture Garden of its owner, the Museum of Modern Art)



While our thoughts were straying to British royalty, a member of England's art...
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Fright Night at the Opera: Met's "Die Walküre" Enthralls, Despite Mishaps

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2011 | 9:00 PM

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Deborah Voigt and Bryn Terfel in the Metropolitan Opera's new production of "Die Walküre"
All photos and video courtesy of Metropolitan Opera

In some ways, the Metropolitan Opera's first performance Friday night of the new Robert Lepage production of Richard Wagner's "Die Walküre,"...

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Native Americans, Brooklyn-Style: Family-Friendly, Deeply Informative "Tipi" Show

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 2:10 PM

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Nancy Rosoff, co-curator of the Brooklyn Museum's "Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains," in front of Lyle Heavy Runner's "Blackfeet Tipi," 2010, commissioned for the show

Have you ever read a review of an exhibition that you've just seen, and felt as if you...

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Last Days of Dr. Barnes' Barnes Foundation, Preview of Philly's Faux Barnes

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 12:39 PM

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Architects' rendering of the new Barnes Foundation facility, under construction in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of Barnes Foundation

Whenever I visit Philadelphia (as I did late last month), I indulge my morbid fascination for the slow-motion death of a great single-collector facility --...

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"Hide/Seek" Fallout: Interference Institutionalized at the Smithsonian

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 7:05 PM

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National Portrait Gallery during the run of "Hide/Seek." Out front: a protest show, continuously screening the David Wojnarovicz video removed from the NPG.


The National Portrait Gallery's controversial gay-themed show---Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture---closed on Feb. 13 as...

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Credibility Gap: Two Gilded King Tut Statues Among 18 Objects Purloined From Egyptian Museum

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 8:00 AM

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Egyptian Museum's gilded wood statue of Tutankhamun harpooning (torso and upper limbs of the boy king now missing)/Photo from "Treasures of Tutankhamun" traveling exhibition catalogue, 1976

The sad and shocking results of the complete inventory of the Egyptian Museum that Zahi Hawass,...

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Archaeologist's Detailed Firsthand Report About Saqqara Looting

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 2:55 PM

A non-Egyptian Egyptologist who is a regular reader of my CultureGrrl blog has forwarded to me an eyewitness account from a member of a French archaeological expedition in Egypt about the antiquities situation at Saqqara, an ancient burial ground. This on-the-ground description is from a reliable source and...

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State of the Arts: Why Culture Matters for Obamanomics

(6) Comments | Posted January 26, 2011 | 4:50 PM


With a large group of House Republicans now calling for the elimination of federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, arts lovers would have welcomed a brief endorsement of the importance of culture in President Obama's State of...

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'Hide/Seek' Interview: Smithsonian Secretary Clough 'Can Do the Math' (But Miscalculates)

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 11:00 AM

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Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough in his office with Frederick Waugh's "Southwesterly Gale, St. Ives," 1907, Smithsonian American Art Museum


How did Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough analyze the potential damage from the political, cultural and religious firestorm that erupted over his...

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Form Foils Function: Eli Broad's New Museum in LA

(13) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 6:09 AM

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Eli Broad


What would you say if I told you that I was about to build a new art museum with gallery walls that could not be hung with art and a skylit exhibition space that would be used to display light-sensitive...

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