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June 10, 2013 11:45 AM Our Changing National Self-Image

I've been touristing around Washington all weekend and can at least share a few thoughts on how DC appears to have changed over time. Mainly, on the changes to the Mall. I hadn't previously been able to see the WWII...

By Jonathan Bernstein

June 25, 2012 11:59 AM Traditionalist Claims that Modern Art Could Just as Well Be Replaced by a “Paint-Throwing Chimp”

Jed Dougherty points me to this opinion piece by Jacqueline Stevens, a professor of art at Northwestern University, who writes: Artists are defensive these days because in May the House passed an amendment to a bill eliminating the National Endowment...

By Andrew Gelman

May 03, 2012 12:38 PM Supporting the Arts

Of course government should support the arts. Unfortunately, as soon as we try to reduce this prescription to specific practices, it gets extremely messy. What level of government should give what to whom, under what conditions? What government programs, other...

By Michael O'Hare

December 25, 2011 11:09 PM Perspective

For Kenneth Clark, it was "the greatest small painting in the world." It's certainly a masterpiece – and a puzzle. Why did the Umbrian master Piero della Francesca choose around 1450 to paint an overworked stock subject, the Flagellation of...

By James Wimberley