Ai Weiwei’s Little Blue Book on the Refugee Crisis

Mr. Warsh described “Humanity” as a continuation of the 6-inch-tall 2012 book “Weiwei-isms” — which he also edited — with Mr. Ai’s ruminations on individual rights and freedom of expression. Mr. Ai will be interviewed onstage at the New York Times Art Leaders Network conference, a gathering in Berlin of established and emerging figures in the art world on Wednesday and Thursday. Mr. Ai sat down to discuss his new book and some of the issues he will address there. Following are edited excerpts. Why put these thoughts in a…

She Won the Turner Prize. Now She’s Using Her Clout to Help Others.

Ms. Himid has long championed the work of other artists. A leading figure in the British Black Art Movement of the 1980s, she organized important group exhibitions at public institutions in London. Photo “Tenderness Only We Can See” (2017-2018), the title work from a recent series, carries a reference to Essex Hemphill’s poem “Between Pathos and Seduction.” A painting of a British carp, its muddy coloring transformed to exotic pink and yellow, decorates a wooden panel from inside a piano like a secret message. Credit Courtesy of the artist and…

Adrian Piper: The Thinking Canvas

But abstraction, in several varieties, proved to be double-edged. On the one hand, it seemed to offer a new, expansive utopian dimension for art, beyond social, racial and aesthetic particularities. At the same time, it was inadequate to deal with undeniable realities of life in the Vietnam era. Traumatized by political events of 1970 — the United States invasion of Cambodia, the killing of students at Kent State and Jackson State — she began to come to grips with her own identity as an African American in a violent, racist…

Four Masked Burglars Steal Jade and Gold Artifacts From Museum in England

Photo The thieves smashed display cases at the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath, England, and fled in a sport utility vehicle, the police said. Credit Museum of East Asian Art LONDON — The British police are seeking clues to a burglary at a museum in Bath, in southwest England, this week in which four masked thieves made off with precious artifacts including a jade figure of a monkey holding a peach from the Yuan or early Ming dynasty. The Avon and Somerset Police said witnesses reported seeing the…

Hidden Stash of Valuable Drawings Found in Walls of Artist’s Home

The drawings included a strikingly detailed portrait of the exterior of the very house in which the hoard was discovered. There was also a series of smaller sketches on what appeared to be an envelope. At the top left, emblazoned in capital letters, was a return address for the Los Angeles-based Western Auto Supply Company. “The work itself was really on point for the time period and the location,” Mr. Folwell said. The Castle family moved into the house at the end of 1931, and Castle lived there until he…

How Latin America Was Built, Before Modernism Came Along

Mexico City, by contrast, looked to its indigenous past for national icons. A statue of Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec emperor, stands on a pedestal overseeing the new city that had arisen on the ancient Tenochtitlán.Redrawn by the Spanish, it was now a source of republican pride. We discover many of these statues in hazy prints of silver and sepia, and indeed this is as much an exhibition of early photography as it is of architecture and urban planning. By 1900, shutterbugs in these Latin American capitals were snapping plush urban…

With Choice of New Director, the Met Gets a Scholar and a Showman

“You fulfill your programmatic ideas and then you do everything you can to find the funding to make that happen,” Mr. Hollein said in an interview at the Met. A ‘Think Big’ Coach This ability to strike a balance between art and business was a skill Mr. Hollein learned from Mr. Krens at the Guggenheim. Mr. Hollein met Mr. Krens through his father, the prominent postmodern architect Hans Hollein, whom the Guggenheim had tapped for a branch in Salzburg that ultimately never materialized. Photo Young Max Hollein, background, left, grew…

Protesting Artists Step Off the Streets and Into the Gallery

Katie Holten was at that march, wearing a “pussy hat” and carrying a homemade banner. The 42-year-old, an Irish citizen who lives in New York and describes herself as a “visual artist and resistance fighter,” took photographs at the Women’s March and the March for Science months later, which she assembled into collages titled “We the People,” featured in the Schirn exhibition. In the past, Ms. Holten’s art focused primarily on environmental subjects. “I have kept away from economics and politics because that is not my personal interest,” she said…

You Know Her From ‘Mr. Robot.’ Did You Know She Could Paint?

Photo Carly Chaikin in her studio at home in California with her paintings “Say Maybe 2017,” left, and “Intimacy 2016.” Credit Graham Walzer for The New York Times WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. — When Carly Chaikin is wrapped on the set, she picks up a paintbrush. Ms. Chaikin, 28, is perhaps best known for her breakout role on the USA Network drama “Mr. Robot,” where she’s spent three seasons as Darlene, a ruthless hacker, alongside Rami Malek and Christian Slater. When the cameras aren’t rolling, this actress is more budding painter…

In Memorial to War Dead, Israel Avoids Addressing Its Conflicts

There are no ranks, no mention of the places or circumstances in which the soldiers perished. Using a broad definition of the fallen, it includes not only those killed in action, but also anybody who died in uniform; not only soldiers who fought for Israel, but also those who fought to create Israel. Avoiding any hierarchy of prestige or loss, privates take their place alongside generals and national heroes. No battles are deemed more or less important than others. “Once we introduced the concept of unity and equality, it solved…