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The Art of Rock & Roll

Ronnie Wood recently hinted that the Rolling Stones would stage a blowout concert in London’s Hyde Park to celebrate the legendary band’s 50th anniversary in 2012. As anticipation grows over this rock milestone, we look back at the extraordinary transformation of both music and the visual arts during the past

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Pacifist Art and Margaret Morris Take Us Above the Battlefield

Inevitably, twentieth-century pacifism, specifically the hippie movement of the 60s, conjures images of flowers, peace signs, and tye-dye. But in Above the Battlefield: Modernism and the Peace Movement in Britain, 1900-1918, Grace Brockington argues that one of the greatest peace movements of the last century occurred at its beginning. Several

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The One-Sided Love Affair in Giacometti’s Studio

Nobody expects an artist’s studio to be tidy. In popular imagination, the artist works in a Paris garret or a New York City loft, surrounded by scattered paintbrushes and stacked canvases. Twentieth-century sculptor Alberto Giacometti, however, took the disorganized-artist stereotype to new extremes. After visiting his studio, Simone de Beauvoir

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Date, Place, Time: On Kawara’s Concepts

Every image that Japanese conceptual artist On Kawara paints would make sense outside of the context of art. On the surface, they are simply numbers, letters, dates, maps and routes, first names and surnames, and newspaper clippings. They could have come from day planners, calendars, scrapbooks, or rosters. In On Kawara: 10 Tableaux and 16,952 Pages, from the Dallas Museum of Art, they represent a formidable boy of work that challenges “the very idea of what it means to be alive and sentient in the world.”

Art and Activism

As noted in Art and Activism: Projects of John and Dominique de Menil, edited by Josef Helfenstein and Laureen Schipsi, the de Menils’ collection was a conscious effort to increase others’ welfare. They considered art “a basic human necessity,” not something to be monopolized by the rich, and intended their art to educate generations that came long after them.

Fashion Wars

There is a not-so-well-kept secret regarding European fashion designers: they care about American consumers’ opinions. With the United States comprising such a large portion of the fashion market, they have to care. With haute couture seemingly forever confined to European cities, the need to attract American buyers is rather empowering

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The Doonesbury Debate

Although Garry Trudeau has been creating the Doonesbury comic strip for over four decades, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize twice and won it once, he has stated that his “scrawlings made the cartoon industry safe for bad art.” Brian Walker notes that he “had always felt that [Trudeau] had not received adequate recognition for his talents as an artist and graphic designer.” His Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau restores the cartoonist’s reputation as a master of all aspects of his craft.

An Even More Complicated Dalí—Yes, Really

Most people are unlikely to associate science and religion with a man who is best known for painting melting clocks, who threw buckets of paint on nude models, and who kept detailed records of his dreams. Yet for the bulk of his career, those two subjects influenced much of Salvador

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Redesigning the Slums: Stirling’s Urban Neighborhood

When James Frazer Stirling won the Good Housing Competition prize in 1963 for his architectural design, the Daily Mail ran the outraged headline, “Frankly, do you think this is WORTH A PRIZE?” The reader’s answer was obviously supposed to be “no,” especially when confronted with the article’s comment that the

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Shape Up: Understanding Cubism with Picasso and Braque

“I continue to enjoy looking at Cubist pictures as much as I ever did, but I have come increasingly to realize that I do not really understand them, and I am not sure that anyone else does either,” wrote art historian John Golding in 1959. Considering that comes from Cubism:

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