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Leonardo da Vinci Painting Sells for $450.3 Million, Shattering Auction Highs

Posted on 16 November 2017

After 19 minutes of dueling, with four bidders on the telephone and one in the room, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” sold on Wednesday night for $450.3 million with fees, shattering the high for any work of art sold at auction. It far surpassed Picasso’s “Women of Algiers,” which fetched $179.4 million at Christie’s in May 2015. The buyer was not immediately disclose ...

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Another Look at Princess Diana, With a Notable Difference

Posted on 24 July 2017

LONDON — Since the world awoke, on Aug. 31, 1997, to the news that Princess Diana had died at 36, after a paparazzi-fueled car crash in Paris, there have been hundreds of films, documentaries, biographies and tell-all memoirs about the shy young woman who became a global celebrity after marrying the heir to the British throne.On Monday, a new ITV documentary about Diana arrives on  ...

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47 Galleries That Bring You the Art of Now

Posted on 28 April 2017

In any given week, the art galleries of New York — and there are hundreds — are brimful of exhibitions showcasing works old and new, conventional and avant-garde, by the established and by the just discovered. This seems especially true right now, with the international art crowd set to jet into town for Frieze New York next weekend. Current shows feature repurposed ...

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In Newport, a Contest in Which One-Man-One-Vote Was for Losers

Posted on 11 April 2017

Newport, R.I., lives off its past.Its vitality as a tourist center is largely built on memories of the days when the Vanderbilts and the Astors summered at seaside mansions awash in servants and when a party might feature swans in the fountains or monkeys in the trees.The Gilded Age is long over, but this city still works to protect its past by preserving the mansions that attract tour ...

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Native American Treasures Head to the Met, This Time as American Art

Posted on 07 April 2017

When they visit the majestic American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, some international art lovers — especially ones from Canada, Australia and Asia — leave a bit perplexed, as if they’ve somehow missed an important gallery.“They go through and expect to see Native American work here,” Sylvia Yount, the curator in charge of the wing, said the other day. “Because of ...

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German Art Exhibition Documenta Expands Into Athens

Posted on 06 April 2017

ATHENS — In 2013, the curator Adam Szymczyk proposed a radical reinvention of Documenta, the prestigious contemporary art exhibition held every five years in Kassel, Germany: to split the show for the first time between its cozy German hometown and Athens, the epicenter of Europe’s economic, migration and democratic crises. The two-act exhibition would use culture to call attention t ...

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The Diva Departs: Renée Fleming’s Farewell to Opera

Posted on 06 April 2017

Richard Strauss’s opera “Der Rosenkavalier” is about the passage of time. It’s the story of a wealthy married woman, the Marschallin, who is having an affair with a much younger man, and who realizes that she is getting older and that he will sooner or later move on. Her most famous aria, at the end of the first act, is about wanting to stop the clocks. At the e ...

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A Hushed Departure at the Met Museum Reveals Entrenched Management Culture

Posted on 03 April 2017

In 2010, the Metropolitan Museum of Art hired Erin Coburn away from the J. Paul Getty Museum, lauding her as its “first chief officer of digital media” — a role created and promoted by the Met director and chief executive, Thomas P. Campbell, as part of his efforts to move the museum into the 21st century.Two years later, Ms. Coburn quietly left, along with a confidential settl ...

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Closing Rikers Island Is a Moral Imperative

Posted on 01 April 2017

The time has come to close Rikers Island.New York City’s sprawling main jail, located on an island in the East River, is a stain on our great city’s reputation. It leaves its mark on everyone it touches: the correction officers working back-to-back shifts under dangerous conditions, the inmates waiting for their day in court in an inhumane and violent environment, the family members ...

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A Trove on the Women’s Suffrage Struggle, Found in an Old Box

Posted on 30 March 2017

It was 1874, a challenging year for Susan B. Anthony and the women’s suffrage movement. She had been convicted of illegally voting in Rochester, her hometown, and activists were split over the best way to push the movement forward. On April 9, Anthony wrote to a fellow activist named Isabella Beecher Hooker, looking ahead to better days. “Now wouldn’t it be splendid for ...