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  • Going “Outsider”

    Who or what does the term “Outsider Art” refer to? The self-taught? The insane? Labels like these only point to the fact that the term “outsider” is in trouble. Certainly the more of it there is, the less clear it is what we're talking about.

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  • John Berger

    John Berger, author of Ways of Seeing, has taught innumberable art students how to look at visual images. But he was also a novelist and a committed leftist. A selection of essays displays his breadth and depth.

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  • Museum Directors in Demand

    Neil McGregor's departure from the National Gallery has spurred a search for his replacement. Who will replace him? In Paris, Serge Lemoine takes over the Musée d'Orsay and Miguel Zugara replaces Fernando Checa at the Prado. Mr. Zugara, 37, is the youngest to ever hold the directorship of the Spanish Museum.

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  • National Arts Club Raided

    In a predawn raid, twenty New York police detectives and agents stormed the National Arts Club in New York to look for evidence of grand larceny and tax evasion.

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  • Irish Museum of Modern Art in Turmoil

    Declan McGonagle's departure from the Irish Museum of Modern Art last year set off bitter boardroom disputes and the resignation of the chairwoman. Who will revive the IMMA?

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  • Sotheby's Expected to Go on the Block

    With the conviction of Alfred Taubman, its former chairman, the 257-year-old auction house will probably go on the block. Will Bernard Arnault, who recently acquired Phillips, raise his paddle?

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  • Frank Stella on the Move

    The famous '60s painter who once proclaimed that he wanted keep the paint on his canvases “as good as it was in the can” has been more visible lately than he has been for some time. With solo shows in New York and elsewhere, what's the story with Frank Stella?

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  • Slashed Newman Restored

    In 1986, Gerard Jan van Bladeren slashed Barnet Newman's Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue, III at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. A decade later, the self-professed hater of “only abstract art and realism” repeated the act, taking a blade to Newman's Cathedra. After four years, the painting has been restored but now hangs behind a wall of Plexiglas. What went into the restoration of the famous zip painting?

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  • Uncertain Future for Polaroid Collection

    The Polaroid Corporation declared bankruptcy last October, leaving the future of its stupendous collection of photographs, amassed over six decades and estimated at 24,000 images, uncertain. Now, as the company slowly sells itself off, photography curators across the country are paying close attention.

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