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Culture, Art The Art of Argument: Controversial Juxtapositions Spark Debate at a Multi-Museum Exhibition

The Art of Argument: Controversial Juxtapositions Spark Debate at a Multi-Museum Exhibition

In the spring of 1917, in a storeroom at an exhibition space in midtown New York, the painter George Bellows and the art curator Walter Arensberg had one of the liveliest arguments ever held about a piece of art. Bellows…
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Culture, Art Out of the Ashcan

Out of the Ashcan

Over a century ago, a group of New York painters scandalized the art world with images of the seedier side of urban Americana: burlesque shows, Bowery bars, back-alley brawlers, and street entertainers. Dismissed by critics as "apostles of ugliness," its…
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