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More than Meets the Eye: American Furniture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley— After several years of research and writing, the first publication on the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s revered collection of American furniture dating from 1650 to 1840 has arrived. Focusing only on the highlights—297 to be exact—this catalogue is debuting long after the publication of similar volumes on

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Marcel Duchamp and the Museum    

Matthew Affron–                       Marcel Duchamp had a large role in his own enshrinement at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He helped the Los Angeles collectors Walter and Louise Arensberg to form their outstanding holdings of modern art, including the largest, most

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Artistic innovation meets activist politics in early 20th-century Mexico

Matthew Affron and Mark A. Castro– Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950, an exhibition that focuses on an extraordinary moment in the history of modern art, opened in October at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA). The show is the product of a partnership between the PMA and the Museo del

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On the Space of an Exhibition: From Curator Anna Vallye

Follow @yaleARTbooks Anna Vallye— The exciting thing about any art exhibition is certainly the opportunity it provides to see a number of remarkable works in the same location at the same time—its event quality. But it is also in what might be called an exhibition’s phenomenal quality—a capacity to elicit

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Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion

In 2004, Zaha Hadid became the first woman ever to win the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor. Last year, Hadid, an Iraqi-born architect widely known for her dynamic and innovative work, was invited to join the committee of judges for the Pritzker. If that is not evidence enough of the

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Notes from the Field: Art Jam

Zoe Strauss is an unconventional young artist whose exciting, provocative photographic work culminates annually in a show she organizes: “Under I-95” takes place under Interstate 95 in South Philadelphia.  Her photographs are displayed on the concrete pillars that support the highway, and photocopies of the images are sold for $5

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Impossible Outfit: Office Holiday Party Edition

Dear Paper Doll, My office holiday party is this week, and I would like to wear something that is festive and work-appropriate.  I love Christmas so I’d like to show some holiday spirit, but tastefully (no reindeer antlers, please). The party is being held at an upscale cocktail bar, to

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Rediscovered Inness Inspires a Gallery

When art goes missing, the case can monopolize headlines and excite theories and gossip. Was it stolen? Destroyed? Does it have something to do with The Da Vinci Code? Mark D. Mitchell’s George Inness in Italy is inspired by the rediscovery of a painting that had the misfortune of becoming “lost” in this rather dull way, having “languished” in storage for years, but was then rediscovered with great interest.

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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Rembrandt’s Revolutionary Jesus

How could a man who lived a millennium and a half after Jesus have drawn him from life? Because Rembrandt was the first artist to use a live model for Christ, the origins of his portraits remained a mystery for a long time. Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus, edited by Lloyd DeWitt, discusses these paintings and drawings from an exhibition opening tomorrow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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