U.S. Museums See Rise in Unions Even as Labor Movement Slumps

Workers at nearly two dozen American art museums have created collective bargaining units in recent years to push for better pay and working conditions.

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How John Powers Filled a Gap in His Hand With Big Ideas and Art

The sculptor lost several fingers on a table saw. His project to design new ones and regain his craft is the most important art work he’s done yet.

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Joseph E. Yoakum Isn’t Who You Think

The self-taught artist’s landscapes are unsettling but thoroughly absorbing, as this major survey of over 100 drawings at MoMA makes clear.

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Best Art Books of 2021

The art critics of The Times select their favorites from this year’s crop of art books.

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Barbara Kruger: Infinitely Copied, Still Unmatched

For decades this social critic has addressed the powerful influence of media, consumerism and politics. Her work anticipated how images and ideas are now disseminated.

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Art Institute of Chicago Ends a Docent Program, and Sets Off a Backlash

The museum’s decision to replace its program for volunteer educators with one that “responds to issues of class and income equity” has drawn criticism.

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These Are the Art Shows and Events to See This Season

From an enormous roundup of Black American portraits to a two-city retrospective of Jasper Johns, the new art season is buzzing again — and as busy as it ever was.

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Is Seeing That Renoir Essential? In the Pandemic, Cities Differ

Arizona has allowed its museums to remain open despite a deadly outbreak, while in cities and states with far fewer cases, the doors have been closed.

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With New Urgency, Arts Groups Hire Diversity Officers

Cultural institutions are recruiting people of color to lead their transformation efforts. But hiring one leader doesn’t mean the work is done.

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From 2 Artists, 2 Ways to Tell Stories of Black America

Works by Bisa Butler and Barbara Earl Thomas are featured in major museum shows in Chicago and Seattle. It’s a star turn that many feel is long overdue.

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