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The Arts Intel team

Letter from the AIR Editor

Bourgeois Fever

A long career. A merciless eye. Implacable life force. In museums and galleries, Louise Bourgeois is the queen to Picasso’s king.

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Television

Halston’s Halcyon Days

The mononymous American designer behind Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hat gets the ending he deserves in Ryan Murphy’s new series

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Diva’s Welcome Back

An interview with French composer Marc-André Dalbavie, whose Le Soulier de Satin, based on the play by Paul Claudel, marks the Paris Opera’s reopening

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The Way We Were

Singer, Dancer, Marcher, Spy

Josephine Baker broke barriers onstage and off—from Jim Crow Miami to the royal court of Monaco

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Opera Pick of the Week

Anthony Davis commemorates the massacre that rocked Tulsa 100 years ago with Fire Across the Tracks, part of the Tulsa Opera’s pandemic recital program Greenwood Overcomes

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Music

Annie Clark’s 70s Show

St. Vincent’s latest album, the 70s-themed Daddy’s Home, is releasing in a wave of bad P.R. It’s so good you’ll listen anyway

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Arts and Letters

A Bigger Splash

Venice’s oldest families are up in arms over a law that bars them from participating in this year’s Biennale. Expect protest on a grand scale

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Open Book

How Do You Say “Avant-Garde” in Spanish?

Photographs by Ramón Masats chronicle the decade that revolutionized Spain

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Art

Tax-22

What happens when a $65 million Rauschenberg features an endangered bald eagle? Inside the secretive I.R.S. team that solves art’s riddles …

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Where Art and Architecture Meet

An interview with the Italian designer Vincenzo de Cotiis, whose savagely sleek work fuses art and architecture with interior design

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The Queen of Bohemia

Strange that there is no feature film about the life of Nina Hamnett, because it’s the kind of biopic that writes itself. We open on a bright-eyed, prematurely wizened woman, sitting in a tavern circa 1952. Flashback to turn-of-the-century Wales. Little Nina shows a flair for drawing, and her grandmother pays her way through the London School of Art, where she befriends Ezra Pound. She cuts her hair short, travels to Paris to paint, and develops a brisk, knowing style on the knife-edge of realism and caricature. On her first night in Montparnasse, Nina bumps into a dashing young fellow who turns out to be Amedeo Modigliani; he introduces her to Picasso and Cocteau. She loses her virginity in Rimbaud and Verlaine’s favorite hotel room, and, soon after, realizes she likes girls as much as boys. READ ON

Nina Hamnett bedded or painted every modernist in Europe. Here, Hamnett's portrait of the dancer Rupert Doone, included in the first major retrospective of the British artist's work, opening next week at Charleston, East Sussex.

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Common Ground

The faces in Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s portraits feel familiar: located in the where and when of memory, yet just beyond recognition. The British-Ghanaian artist paints people dancing, seated, and smiling, playing on a beach or huddling in a circle, but her subjects are fictive, conjured from the imagination. This “slight remove from reality,” says Isabella Maidment, a curator of contemporary British art at the Tate, is a distinguishing feature of Yiadom-Boakye’s work, which will have its first major survey at the museum, beginning on May 17. READ ON

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's A Passion Like No Other, included in an upcoming retrospective of the artist's work at London's newly reopened Tate Britain.

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Thirty-One Splendid Suns

Anyone who has tried to photograph a sunrise—or paint it, or film it—can tell you its fleeting energy is not easily captured. But David Hockney, whose animation of a sunrise iPad drawing is being broadcast on screens in New York’s Times Square, London’s Piccadilly Circus, and Seoul’s SMTown Coex throughout the month of May, manages it beautifully. READ ON

The many stages of David Hockney's Remember, You Cannot Look at the Sun or Death for Very Long, projected every night of this month at 8:21 local time in London and Seoul and 11:57 local time in New York.

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