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An Austrian Tourist’s Butt Broke a 200-Year-Old Sculpture

It’s like the worst art heist ever.
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Jerry Saltz’s 33 Rules for Being an Artist

How to go from clueless amateur to generational talent (or at least live life a little more creatively).
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Philip Guston’s 1970s Paintings Might Help You Cope Today

The online exhibition “What Endures” offers a road map to the eternal.
  1. memoir
    Sleeping With Andy WarholIn 1962, a young poet named John Giorno met the Pop Art god, who in turn made him his first superstar. For a little while, they were in love.
  2. art
    Banksy’s Chumbawamba Fan Art Removed From London Tube“I get lockdown/but I get up again.”
  3. art
    The Instagram Account ‘Change the Museum’ Is Doing Just ThatCurator Gary Garrels loses his job at SFMoMA.
  4. vulture recommends
    The Couch Gallery CrawlHow to look at art from the safety of home.
  5. art
    These Two Last Suppers Are My Quarantine ObsessionComparing two masterpiece treatments made just 50 years apart: one revolutionary and prevailing, the other genius and forgotten.
  6. art
    See M.F.A. Students’ Virtual Senior ShowsWhen you graduate into a pandemic.
  7. art
    See Peter Hujar’s Portraits of a Long-Ago Queer DowntownIncluding a kittenish Fran Lebowitz.
  8. art
    Guggenheim Curators Say Museum ‘Enables Racism’The staff sent a letter to leadership on Monday.
  9. monuments
    Teddy Roosevelt Statue Coming Down, Says Natural History MuseumThe statue has been criticized as racist for years.
  10. art
    It’s Funeral Time for Colonial MonumentsArtist Nicholas Galanin has already dug a grave for a Captain Cook statue in Sydney.
  11. scammers
    The Art World’s ‘Mini Madoff’ Has Been Arrested in the South PacificHe was apparently arrested wearing swim trunks.
  12. art
    Artist Jordan Eagles Calls for Queer Blood to Help Save the SickAn online exhibition at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.
  13. obits
    Christo, Artist Behind Central Park’s ‘The Gates,’ Dead at 84He collaborated with his wife, artist Jeanne-Claude, until her death in 2009.
  14. art
    This Is the Saddest Picture I Have Ever SeenSandro Botticelli’s La Derelitta, a 15th-century tableau of hopelessness, feels especially resonant right now.
  15. art
    See New York Through the Eyes of Hockney, Warhol, and O’KeeffeA much-needed love letter to the city.
  16. sweet dreams
    Hear Iggy Pop Reading a Love Letter to His Dead Dog TrombaFrom the New Museum’s daily “Bedtime Stories” series, curated by Maurizio Cattelan.
  17. first person
    My AppetitesJerry Saltz on eating and coping mechanisms, childhood and self-control, criticism, love, cancer and pandemics.
  18. art
    See Titus Kaphar’s Paintings About Black MotherhoodMourning the disappearance of their children.
  19. art
    See Jean Jullien’s Escapist Paintings From the French CountrysideThe artist’s diary of his family in lockdown, watching the spring arrive.
  20. banandemic
    Bananas to the Rescue!Two artists release a sticker pack featuring anthropomorphic bananas washing their peel-hands and bumping their peel-elbows while singing “Jolene.”
  21. psa
    A Times Square Tribute to All of UsTwo dozen artists say thank-you.
  22. resources
    These 20 Groups Are Offering Aid to Artists in NeedPainters, playwrights, and podcasters can all apply for emergency grants.
  23. art
    Revisiting a 16th-Century Masterpiece of Mass Death From Self-Isolation in 2020Lately, I have spent so much time contemplating Pieter Bruegel’s “The Triumph of Death” I feel I have almost been living inside it.
  24. art du jour
    The Goldfinch Is Real! Vincent van Gogh Art Theft Befalls Dutch MuseumThe smash and grab was made easy due to the museum’s closure.
  25. coronavirus
    The Art World Is Sending Supplies to Hospitals in Need“It’s very beautiful and hopeful. But at some point, the government is going to have to step up.”
  26. art
    The Art World Goes DarkThe pandemic has already darkened galleries, museums, and artists’ studios. What new forms will emerge from that darkness?
  27. art
    Salman Toor’s Queer RococoThe artist lives, and paints, between worlds — Lahore, Pakistan and New York.
  28. books
    Can You Tell Anyone How to Be an Artist?Artist Laurie Simmons and our art critic Jerry Saltz (they’re old friends) talk about his new book.
  29. feature
    The Art World’s Mini-Madoff and MeBoozy nights and high-stakes art trades with Inigo Philbrick.
  30. obits
    Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Musician and Artist, Dead at 70The Psychic TV and Throbbing Gristle founder was diagnosed with leukemia in 2017.
  31. mexican muralists
    ‘Vida Americana’ Is the Most Relevant Show of the 21st CenturyThe contributions of Mexican muralists to modern art has been criminally neglected. This Whitney show begins the correction.
  32. art
    Dan Colen Is Alive and Well, Painting and Farming UpstateThe onetime art world bad boy still paints. But instead of raising hell, he’s raising pigs and sheep.
  33. art
    Donald Judd’s Minimalist Legacy Is All Around UsThe artist wanted his work totally empty. Which allowed the world to make anything out of it.
  34. art du jour
    Ben Affleck Breaks His Silence on Lying About His Back Tattoo“It felt invasive.”
  35. art
    Jerry Saltz on Robert Andy Coombs’s Taboo-Breaking PhotosIn his work, you can see crescendos of pleasure, helplessness, and fear.
  36. losses
    No One Looked at New York Like Jason PolanHis was an art of taking pleasure in and appreciating the people, places, and things of the world.
  37. art
    NYC Almost Killed This Artist, But Now, at 40, She’s BackShannon Cartier Lucy was an up-and-coming artist (and nanny to bigger artists) but had to flee the city. Then someone saw her new work on Instagram …
  38. legacies
    John Baldessari Was Anything But BoringHis art was mystically simple: splendid when it was good, entrancing and gleeful when it was great.
  39. the lost canon
    Beauford Delaney Very Nearly Disappeared from Art HistoryAs a black, gay painter, even when he was celebrated, it was not as an equal to his contemporaries.
  40. obits
    John Baldessari, the Godfather of Conceptual Art, Dead at 88Baldessari famously burned his entire oeuvre in 1970, baking the ashes into cookies that were later displayed at the MoMa in New York.
  41. best of 2019
    The 10 Best Art Shows of 2019From an art-world protest to a radically original self-portraitist.
  42. art
    Man Duct-tapes Banana to Wall, Makes $240,000, Credits New York MagazineHowever, a prankster has now eaten the banana.
  43. art
    Bill Traylor Deserves to Be Exalted Alongside Art’s Greatest NamesBorn into slavery, the artist’s story is a vision of American hell, but his work is transcendent and essential.
  44. art du jour
    Did You Know Lucy Liu Creates Beautiful Erotic Paintings?What a delightful semi-hidden talent.
  45. obits
    Robert Freeman, Iconic Beatles Photographer, Dead at 82The British-born artist shot the album covers for Help!, Rubber Soul, and more.
  46. art
    Hirshhorn Museum Celebrates Intergenerational Artist CrushesLawrence Weiner and Catherine Opie, pothead pals.
  47. vulture festival 2019
    Wanna Be an Artist? Jerry Saltz Will Teach You How at Vulture FestivalSee? We’re educational, too.
  48. party report
    Basquiat’s Art Career Took Off in Part Thanks to an Indie Film“All of the books that talk about Annina Nosei giving Jean-Michel his first studio, that wasn’t actually true.”
  49. art and architecture
    Two Critics — Art and Architecture — Compare Their New MoMA ExperiencesSaltz and Davidson on the newly expanded museum.
  50. instagram
    9 of the Funniest Cartoonists and Illustrators on InstagramMix up your feed with some original work by these very talented artists.
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