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  • Who Was Sir Anthony Blunt?

    Spies, particularly English ones, always fascinate Americans. With Sir Anthony Blunt, spy, art expert, author, we get a James Bond with an art twist.

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  • London ICA Chairman Lashes Out at Conceptual Art

    Tate Prize–bashing in the British tabloids has become an annual rite as predictable as the New York Post's stance on Bill Clinton. Now, London ICA chairman Ivan Massow publicly criticizes Tate director Nicholas Serota and denounces “most” conceptual art as “pretentious, self-indulgent, craftless tat.” What's craft got to do with it?

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  • Three Firemen and a Flag?

    A memorial sculpture intended to stand in front of the New York City Fire Department headquarters in Brooklyn has become the focus of a heated debate. What's in a sculpture?

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  • The New McCarthyism?

    Following up reports that there was “anti-American” activity going on, agents from the FBI and the Secret Service recently paid a visit to the Art Car Museum in Houston.

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  • Elgin Marbles Will Stay in UK, Says BMA Director

    Robert Anderson, director of the British Museum, has rejected calls to resolve the long-standing dispute between Greece and the UK over the Elgin Marbles. The British Museum of Art is a “world museum” according to Anderson.

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  • Brits Wish to “Share” the Elgin Marbles

    Taken off the Parthenon of Athens in 1801 by Lord Elgin, the “Elgin Marbles” have been claimed by Greece since 1829. Now, Britain would like to share the famous friezes, which “mingle Grecian grandeur with the rude wasting of Old Time,” as John Keats famously described them.

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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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