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  • Was the Pompidou Center Just a Pipe Dream?

    Twenty-five years after it first opened in the heart of Paris, the Pompidou Center—designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers—is clearly a success. But has the unique structure of brightly colored steel pipes and glass lived up to its radical ideals, or has it become a monument to a dead era in Parisian life?

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  • Is Gerhard Richter Beyond Isms?

    Gerhard Richter has long been known for putting painting through the most trying of paces. Does that place him beyond the stultifying power of the “ism”? Michael Kimmelman visits Richter in his home outside Cologne, Germany, to find out if the famously contradictory antimaster escapes all attempts to corral him.

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  • David Sylvester's Collection to Go on the Block

    English art critic David Sylvester left a sizable quantity of art when he passed away last year. The collection, which includes an Egyptian sandstone figure dating to 2000 BC, African masks, and works by Willem de Kooning, is expected to fetch close to £1 million at auction next month at Sotheby's.

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  • French Sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, 71, Dies

    Leading French sociologist and critic of globalization Pierre Bourdieu died of cancer in a Paris hospital on Wednesday. Author of Distinction, a well-known study of French cultural stratification, as well as twenty-four other books on culture, media, and society, by the 1990s, Bourdieu had become a dominant figure on the French cultural scene.

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  • Sundance Film Fest Closes Strong

    The film fest that lent indie film its glitter has been in the doldrums in the past few years. This year, with less buzz but many films finding distributors, the film festival founded by Robert Redford seems to have found its old spirit—and remembered the art of the deal.

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  • The Art of Waste

    The latest in a more than a century's worth of art machines, Wim Delvoye's Cloaca, 2001, a new-and-improved version of the giant intestine machine he debuted last year, does with great difficulty what humans produce easily.

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  • Broad Hints at Big Gift for LACMA Expansion

    Eli Broad has recently suggested that he and his family are ready to make a substantial gift to help build the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's new ten-topped $200 million Rem Koolhaas building.

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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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