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John Updike: Always Looking: Essays on Art

Edouard Vuillard, Max Beckmann and the collecting taste of Stephen and Sterling Clark are among the subjects observed by the late American novelist.

Book Tip: BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

A frequent corporate sponsor of leading art fairs, BMW's new art guide focuses exclusively on the identity and acquisitions of wealthy art collectors, who-with-whom, how much, where and why?

Book Review: Gustav Klimt: The Complete Paintings

Patricia Boccadoro on Tobias G. Natter's mammoth new monograph of Austrian art star Gustav Klimt whose voluptuous naked women in blatantly erotic poses caused constant scandal and controversy in turn-of-the-century Vienna.

Book Tip: ANTICO: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes

The Mantuan sculptor and goldsmith Antico's bronzes are currently so rare that the 40 works on view constitute over three fourths of the sculptor's extant oeuvre.

Book Review: Harlem: A Century in Images

Given the sheer physical size, architectural diversity and cultural significance of Harlem, small wonder the real estate of this legendary community is among the most coveted in New York.

Street Photography Now

Photography critic Alan Behr reviews a new book devoted to 46 photographers and their pictures of street life in New York, Shanghai, Tokyo, Mumbai, Istanbul, Dakar, Britain and Eastern Europe.

Book Review: Noteworthy for the New Year

In which our Alan Behr shares his thoughts on three large format books with three different approaches to modern photography.

Ripple Effect: Leo Castelli and the Birth of the Contemporary Art Market

In her new biography Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli, Annie Cohen-Solal recounts how an unlikely, gadabout immigrant should be both credited and blamed for the crackling paso doble being danced by Art and Commerce.

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A Humanist Plea for Free-Ranging Antiquities

Should antiquities be returned to the countries where they were found, or are they the property of all mankind? A review of James Cuno's new book, 'Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage'.

African Elites in India

Authors Kenneth Robbins and John McLeod discuss the history of sub-Saharan Africans gaining positions of power and status on the continent of India.

Book Review: Duveen : A Life in Art

Meryle Secrest's new biography about the art dealer that dominated the art market during the 1920s and '30s in Europe and the United States.
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