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    A Painting Looted by and Returned to Nazis Finally Goes to Its Jewish Owners

    A Painting Looted by and Returned to Nazis Finally Goes to Its Jewish Owners


    Henriette Hoffmann-von Schirach, in 1958. The Bavarian government had sold the painting back to her, as the heir of the Nazi official who bought it during the...

    The painting, “View of a Dutch Square,” had been bought by St. Victor’s Cathedral in Xanten without knowing that it had been looted, in 1963.

    Nonfiction: A Memoir of Black Life in the ‘Other America’


    In “Survival Math,” Mitchell S. Jackson tells his family story of living in Oregon and reckons with the interplay of racism and patriarchy in his own...

    In “Survival Math,” Mitchell S. Jackson tells his family story of living in Oregon and reckons with the interplay of racism and patriarchy in his own life.
    The End Is Nigh. Can Design Save Us?

    The End Is Nigh. Can Design Save Us?


    “The Room of Change,” by the design studio Accurat. The work is a visual representation of many streams of information: world population, disease rates, energy consumption and average...

    The Milan Triennial showcases projects by designers, architects and artists that highlight humanity’s troubled relationship to nature.
    Barbara Hammer, Filmmaker of Lesbian Sexuality, Dies at 79

    Barbara Hammer, Filmmaker of Lesbian Sexuality, Dies at 79


    “How could I show intimacy with my camera? I took the camera to bed with me and cuddled,” Barbara Hammer said of this photograph, taken in 1981, early in her career as filmmaker who celebrated lesbian sexuality and...

    After Ms. Hammer came out in the 1970s, her films took a provocative and influential turn. “One of my goals,” she said, “was to put a lesbian on camera.”
    A Comic Book Publisher Creates Its Own Origin Story

    A Comic Book Publisher Creates Its Own Origin Story


    Axel Alonso, left, Jon Miller and Bill Jemas, the executive team of Artists, Writers & Artisans, which hopes to change the way the comic books business...

    A new publisher, AWA, will have a connected superhero universe as well as stand-alone comics.
    Books of The Times: A Poet Remembers Her Impulsive Trip Into a Civil War

    Books of The Times: A Poet Remembers Her Impulsive Trip Into a Civil War


    In her new memoir, Carolyn Forché tells the story of how a stranger’s suggestion that she visit El Salvador in the late 1970s changed the course of her art and her...

    In her new memoir, Carolyn Forché tells the story of how a stranger’s suggestion that she visit El Salvador in the late 1970s changed the course of her art and her life.
    John Doyle to Direct ‘Assassins’ at Classic Stage Company

    John Doyle to Direct ‘Assassins’ at Classic Stage Company


    John Doyle, who will direct productions of “Assassins” and “Macbeth” as part of Classic Stage Company’s next...

    Mr. Doyle will also helm a production of “Macbeth” in a season that focuses on gothic horror, too, with “Dracula” and “Frankenstein.”
    A Museum Tackles Myths About Jews and Money

    A Museum Tackles Myths About Jews and Money


    The New and Fashionable Game of the Jew was was based on a medieval gambling pastime. The winner was the one who rolled the highest numbers and collected the most...

    An exhibition at the Jewish Museum in London looks at 2,000 years of negative stereotypes through historical objects and works of art.

    ‘Abby’s’ Takes the Sitcom Somewhere New: Outdoors


    On the backyard set of this NBC bar comedy, they’re always glad you came. (“They” are raccoons and skunks who like craft...

    On the backyard set of this NBC bar comedy, they’re always glad you came. (“They” are raccoons and skunks who like craft services.)
    Think You Know This Photograph? Take Another Look

    Think You Know This Photograph? Take Another Look


    Adrian Sonderegger, left, and Jojakim Cortis in the C/O Berlin gallery on March...

    The Swiss artists Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger recreate famous historical photos in their studio, to remind us we shouldn’t always believe what we see.
    Brice Marden, Still True to His Vision

    Brice Marden, Still True to His Vision


    Brice Marden at his studio in Tivoli, N.Y., with one of his new calligraphic paintings-in-progress. “I’m trying to break my own rules,” he says about his experiments using the color...

    At 80, perseverance drives America’s grand old master painter. More prolific than ever, he says that facing cancer "hasn't made me work any differently. It's just an extra thing to think about."
    Annabelle Lopez Ochoa Wins Jacob Pillow Dance Award

    Annabelle Lopez Ochoa Wins Jacob Pillow Dance Award


    Dancers from Ballet Hispánico rehearsing Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Sombrerísimo” in preparation for the troupe’s season at the Joyce Theater, which begins March...

    Ms. Lopez Ochoa, a self-described “chameleon” choreographer, is the winner of the 2019 award.
    What’s Wrong With This Diorama? You Can Read All About It

    What’s Wrong With This Diorama? You Can Read All About It


    This diorama at the American Museum of Natural History was amended in a way that allows museumgoers to see the historical inaccuracies it...

    The American Museum of Natural History corrects a Native American story in full view of visitors, inviting them to “reconsider this scene.”
    This Is Lupita Nyong’o. Hollywood, Please Keep Up.

    This Is Lupita Nyong’o. Hollywood, Please Keep Up.


    In “Us,” the race of the main characters is never depicted as remarkable. “It’s really not exceptional to be black, or to be African, and I think that’s a powerful statement in and of itself,” Nyong’o...

    The Kenyan-Mexican star of “Us” and “Black Panther,” who seems to excel at everything — even rap — is an exception in her industry, for better and worse.
    James Corden to Host Tony Awards for Second Time

    James Corden to Host Tony Awards for Second Time


    James Corden, the host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show,” previously hosted the Tonys in...

    Mr. Corden, a musical theater enthusiast who won a Tony Award himself in 2012, will preside over the award ceremony on June 9 at Radio City Music Hall.

    Johnny Thompson, a Magician’s Magician, Is Dead at 84


    As the Great Tomsoni, he made audiences laugh and gasp. As a consultant, he showed other magicians how to get the most out of a...

    As the Great Tomsoni, he made audiences laugh and gasp. As a consultant, he showed other magicians how to get the most out of a trick.
    Disney Moves From Behemoth to Colossus With Closing of Fox Deal

    Disney Moves From Behemoth to Colossus With Closing of Fox Deal


    The Walt Disney Company has closed its $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets. “This deal definitely reshapes the landscape,” said Michael Nathanson, a leading media...

    The $71.3 billion acquisition of most of Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment empire is officially done. The ripple effects may not become clear for years.

    Rachel Ingalls, 78, Rediscovered Author of ‘Mrs. Caliban,’ Dies


    Her 1982 tale of a lonely woman who falls in love with a sea creature had a revival, dovetailing with the release of the 2017 film “The Shape of...

    Her 1982 tale of a lonely woman who falls in love with a sea creature had a revival, dovetailing with the release of the 2017 film “The Shape of Water.”
    Following Outcry, Hudson Yards Tweaks Policy Over Use of Vessel Pictures

    Following Outcry, Hudson Yards Tweaks Policy Over Use of Vessel Pictures


    The Vessel at Hudson Yards is an imposing 150 feet of steel and selfie-takers, but it was some legal fine print that got attention this...

    A legal clause had essentially given the development ownership of pictures of its 150-foot-high art installation that visitors shared on social media.
    In Music and in Life, Tamaryn Dreams in the Dark

    In Music and in Life, Tamaryn Dreams in the Dark


    The singer and songwriter Tamaryn’s fascination with mysticism largely stems from her new album, “Dreaming the Dark,” which finds her confronting childhood...

    In her first album since 2015, the singer-songwriter discovers a fascination with mysticism and confronts childhood memories in unexpected ways.

    Fiction: A Cosmic Being Dies in Yoga Class. Then Things Get Really Weird.


    Kathryn Davis’s novel “The Silk Road” is full of provocative mysteries: Are its characters many or one? Where are they going? Have they witnessed a...

    Kathryn Davis’s novel “The Silk Road” is full of provocative mysteries: Are its characters many or one? Where are they going? Have they witnessed a murder?

    British Gallery Turns Down $1.3 Million Sackler Donation


    “I congratulate them on their courage,” said the photographer Nan Goldin, after the National Portrait Gallery said it would not accept a gift from the family, which has links to the opioid...

    “I congratulate them on their courage,” said the photographer Nan Goldin, after the National Portrait Gallery said it would not accept a gift from the family, which has links to the opioid crisis.
    Doors Open for Women and People of Color at Top Ranks of American Theater

    Doors Open for Women and People of Color at Top Ranks of American Theater


    New artistic directors, clockwise from top left: Nataki Garrett, Robert Barry Fleming, Stephanie Ybarra, Jacob G. Padrón, Hana Sharif and Maria Manuela...

    Artistic directors, the faces of local theater and tastemakers in their communities, have long been white men who have held the posts for many years. That’s changing.
    She Dances. He Directs. How They Created a Balletic Battle of the Sexes.

    She Dances. He Directs. How They Created a Balletic Battle of the Sexes.


    The husband-and-wife team of Joshua Bergasse Sara Mearns, preparing for “I Married an Angel.” Ms. Mearns, a City Ballet principal, is the Angel, her first speaking role; Mr. Bergasse is the choreographer and...

    The wife-and-husband team of Sara Mearns and Joshua Bergasse talk about working together on “I Married an Angel” for Encores! Reader, she Lindy Hops.

    Have ‘Flute,’ Will Travel: Mostly Mozart Announces Its Season


    The festival will feature a globally popular production of “The Magic Flute,” a new Mark Morris dance and a musical adaptation of a Langston Hughes...

    The festival will feature a globally popular production of “The Magic Flute,” a new Mark Morris dance and a musical adaptation of a Langston Hughes poem.
    Juice WRLD Hits No. 1 With ‘Death Race for Love’

    Juice WRLD Hits No. 1 With ‘Death Race for Love’


    Juice WRLD’s hit song “Lucid Dreams” put him on the map last...

    The Chicago rapper topped the Billboard album chart for the first time with 176 million streams and 43,000 copies sold. Last year, he reached the Top 5 twice.
    The Theater at the Forefront of Poland’s Culture Wars

    The Theater at the Forefront of Poland’s Culture Wars


    A rehearsal for “Mein Kampf” at the Powszechny Theater in Warsaw. From left, Arkadiusz Brykalski; Natalia Lagiewczyk; Jakub Skrzywanek, the play’s director; and Madamou Goo...

    The Powszechny Theater in Warsaw faced protests and acid attacks when it staged a play about the Catholic Church. Will its staging of “Mein Kampf” cause more uproar?
    Review: A ‘Dreamers’ Oratorio Tries to Transcend the Trump Moment

    Review: A ‘Dreamers’ Oratorio Tries to Transcend the Trump Moment


    The soprano Ana María Martínez with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, in the premiere of “Dreamers” at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, Calif., on...

    Jimmy López and Nilo Cruz’s work, about the experiences of immigrants, had its premiere with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
    Artist Says Big Bong Will Help Save a Town. The Locals Aren’t Amused.

    Artist Says Big Bong Will Help Save a Town. The Locals Aren’t Amused.


    Paul Pearson, a woodcarver who lives in the Australian town of Woodenbong, wants to lure visitors with a large wooden bong. So far he has made them as tall as around seven...

    "Big Things” are family-friendly attractions in many Australian towns. But residents of Woodenbong don’t want to be associated with an icon linked to drug use.
    What I Love: A Cliché Harlan Coben Couldn’t Resist

    What I Love: A Cliché Harlan Coben Couldn’t Resist


    The three-story Victorian house in Ridgewood, N.J., is about 20 miles north of Mr. Coben's hometown of...

    For the best-selling author of thrillers, buying a spooky old Victorian seemed a little too on the nose. But he did it anyway.

    Following the Money, a Grand Old Art Fair Moves With the Times


    Tefaf Maastricht is Europe’s largest marketplace for old-master paintings and antiques. The problem is that most collectors nowadays want contemporary...

    Tefaf Maastricht is Europe’s largest marketplace for old-master paintings and antiques. The problem is that most collectors nowadays want contemporary art.
    Review: A ‘Nantucket Sleigh Ride’ With Frozen Disney and Hot Lobster

    Review: A ‘Nantucket Sleigh Ride’ With Frozen Disney and Hot Lobster


    A shaggy whale story from John Guare centers on a playwright who has offended the local theater scene on Nantucket. From left at bottom: Adam Chanler-Berat, John Larroquette and Grace...

    In John Guare’s Möbius strip of a play, John Larroquette is a playwright who finds himself trapped in a surreal mystery called “Nantucket Sleigh Ride.”
    Scarecrow Video Has Survived This Long. Can It Hang On?

    Scarecrow Video Has Survived This Long. Can It Hang On?


    Scarecrow Video offers 132,000 titles: Italian horror. French films. And lots of Japanese...

    The store in Seattle has more than 132,000 titles, many of them not available on the internet, or anywhere else. “We will fight to the death to keep this open.”
    Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes: What to Read, Watch and Listen To

    Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes: What to Read, Watch and Listen To


    The story of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos, has lent itself to multiple retellings in news articles, a book, a podcast and a...

    Alex Gibney’s new HBO documentary “The Inventor” is only the latest retelling of the Silicon Valley fraud that captivated the public imagination.
    How Do You Build a Giant Glass Box? Very Carefully

    How Do You Build a Giant Glass Box? Very Carefully


    A team of workers spent Friday at the Park Avenue Armory putting together the centerpiece of the set for “The Lehman Trilogy,” an 800-square-foot transparent...

    A team of workers spent Friday at the Park Avenue Armory putting together the centerpiece of the set for “The Lehman Trilogy,” an 800-square-foot transparent cube.
    The Part Seems Impossible? Hire Her

    The Part Seems Impossible? Hire Her


    “The jobs that are, I think, in the end most worth it are the ones that almost break you,” says Quincy Tyler Bernstine, an Off Broadway...

    Quincy Tyler Bernstine, now starring in “Marys Seacole,” is drawn to the toughest, brainiest roles. And playwrights are drawn to her to pull them off.
    Okwui Enwezor, Curator Who Remapped Art World, Dies at 55

    Okwui Enwezor, Curator Who Remapped Art World, Dies at 55


    Okwui Enwezor in 2002 as he prepared the exhibition “Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994,” at what is now MoMA PS1. The work of Samuel Fosso is on the...

    In large shows like Documenta and the Venice Biennale, he put art from around the globe on an equal footing with that of Europe and the United States.
    Fiction: A Road-Paving Job Takes On a Sinister Allure in Dave Eggers’s New Novel

    Fiction: A Road-Paving Job Takes On a Sinister Allure in Dave Eggers’s New Novel


    The author’s eighth novel, “The Parade,” is a parable-like story featuring two unnamed men on assignment in an unnamed country in the wake of a civil...

    The author’s eighth novel, “The Parade,” is a parable-like story featuring two unnamed men on assignment in an unnamed country in the wake of a civil war.