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As Iraq Shatters, One Iraqi Artist’s Works Unite

A. Alkadhi, "Mariam, headphones and book" 2014

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More Warhol And Haring Fakes Emerge. Are You Still Buying Art Online?

You would think that the seemingly endless stream of stories about fakes and forgeries would be enough – the Beltracchi affair, with up to 300 forged paintings

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Beatrix Ruf’s Plans At The Stedelijk Amsterdam

The Art Newspaper recently ran a terrific interview with Beatrix Ruf, the newly-appointed director of the Stedelijk Amsterdam. And from the sound of things, Amsterdam can finally look forward to the renaissance of what was once one of the great museums of Modern and Contemporary art.

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Private Museums May Be The Wave of the Future: But Is There A Future for Private Museums?

Sevda, Ayda, Canda, and Can Elgiz at the Elgiz Museum for Contemporary Art

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Artist “Remakes” Van Gogh’s Ear

Sometimes art is stranger than reality. Sometimes it is reality.

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The Art Of War: A Memorial Day Tribute

On this Memorial Day, with conflicts flaring across the Middle East, ongoing clashes in Syria and Iraq, killings at a Jewish Museum in Brussels, and the suffering of women under Islamist and dictatorial rule in Afghanistan and elsewhere, it seems a fitting moment to contemplate those most haunting expressions of war — of those who died and those who gloried and those who continue to suffer — by artists across the ages.

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The New Top 100 Art Lists Are Out. What Do They Really Mean?

Well, of course, we had to expect it: Artnet’s “Top 100 Living Artists” and “Top 100 Lots by Living Artists” lists, which came out yesterday.  As Artnet explains it,  ”The first list shows the top 100 living artists ranked by total value of secondary market sales; the second presents the top 100 lots by living artists, ranked by price.”  The listings are based on figures from January 1, 2011 to April, 2014.

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So-Called Myth of Global Art Market. Really?

German-Turkish artist Nezaket Ekici's, "Border Inside," a video involving the American flag and chewing gum, 2011 photo B. Pavlovic

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Stedelijk Amsterdam Welcomes Its New Director, Beatrix Ruf

Stedelijk Museum view of the original building (A.W. Weissman, 1895) and new building designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects. Photo John Lewis Marshall

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Second Thoughts On George Bush’s Art

I wanted to hate them. I wanted to think George Bush’s paintings were profoundly amateurish, the kinds of things you learn to paint from Bob Ross, or those mail-order how-to-courses they used to advertise in the backs of comic books.

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