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Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989), the now iconic photographer, was both critically celebrated and controversial. Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now, a yearlong exhibition celebrating this groundbreaking artist, opens at the Guggenheim Museum January 25th.
Considered by many to be the father of modern high fantasy, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892–1973), one of the world’s most beloved writers, introduced millions to the hobbits, elves, heroes and dragons of Middle-earth through his popular literary works, beginning with The Hobbit. Opening in New York January 25 at the Morgan Library & Museum, Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth is the largest collection of Tolkien material ever assembled in the United States.
Part two of the inaugural episode of the ArtCurious Podcast explores the world's most famous work of art: Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. It is iconic, incredible, and unforgettable-- but is the work on view in Paris's Louvre Museum today the real deal?
Graciela Iturbide, one of the most prolific and insightful documenters of life and culture in Mexico is sharing her vision of a complex nation at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA Boston). Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico features nearly 140 photographs and is the first major East Coast presentation of the artist’s work.
Katie Paige, FOG Steering Committee member and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Trustee, has been involved with FOG since its beginning. Paige talks about her mutual passions for social reform and art, what drew her to become involved in FOG and what she’s most excited about at this year’s fair.
An art dealer in the Hague recently made a once in a lifetime discovery—an original work by the master of Flemish Baroque Peter Paul Rubens.
Created in response to the destruction of important cultural sites in the Middle East and Africa, a new foundation is funding projects that preserve humanity’s invaluable ancient monuments. The International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas, or ALIPH, aims to support prevention, protection and restoration projects around the world.
Enrique Martínez Celaya’s ongoing examination of coming of age is the subject of his first solo exhibition at Denver’s Robischon Gallery,The Boy: Witness and Marker 2003 - 2018. Opening January 17, the artist says it is also his first exhibition “dedicated to the boy as image, concept and metaphor.”
Buckle your seatbelts because the Art History Babes are amped on Anselm Kiefer. We’re joined by artist, friend, fellow Kiefer fan girl, and all around quality human Faith Sponsler to discuss the complex and weighty work of this post WWII German Neo-expressionist.
An exhibition opening this week celebrates one of “Bill’s” life-long passions: his collection of fakes and forgeries, which he assembled over nearly five decades.