Is It Time Gauguin Got Canceled?

LONDON — “Is it time to stop looking at Gauguin altogether?” That’s the startling question visitors hear on the audio guide as they walk through the “Gauguin Portraits” exhibition at the National Gallery in London. The show, which runs through Jan. 26, focuses on Paul Gauguin’s depictions of himself, his friends and fellow artists, and of the children he fathered […]

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In Miami, the Murals Are the Message

More from the Fine Arts & Exhibits special report: Art Takes a Stand. MIAMI — With year-round sunshine and a blossoming international art culture, Miami has become one of the street art capitals of the world. Bright, colorful murals are turning up all over town on the walls of office buildings, warehouses, condos, corner stores, laundromats, and even public schools, sports […]

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Marie Antoinette’s Enduring Mystique

PARIS — As queen of France for less than two decades, Marie Antoinette was vilified as extravagant and frivolous. Elaborately coifed and plumed, she embodied all the excesses of the French monarchy. The immortal words “let them eat cake” stuck to her glittering veneer, though there is no proof she ever said them. When she was 37, her life came […]

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Takis, Sculptor Who Made Art From Moving Parts, Dies at 93

On Jan. 3, 1969, the Kinetic artist known as Takis marched into the Museum of Modern Art. He entered an exhibition called “The Machine at the End of the Mechanical Age” and, with the help of several friends, removed his “Tele-Sculpture,” a compact work from 1960 involving two painted spheres attached to wires revolving around an electromagnet and a small […]

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Girl born without arms makes paintings all by herself

Like many young girls, Minh Best loves to paint, and she’s found a unique way to approach her craft. The 4-year-old was born without arms, and adopted from Vietnam by parents Sarah and Justin Best. To make her vibrant artwork, she uses her feet to hold the brush and create each colorful stroke. “She is the happiest child, and because […]

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