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One Composer, Four Players, ‘Seven Pillars’

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It wasn’t so many years before his Rome Prize that Akiho didn’t think of himself as a composer at all. He grew up in Columbia, S.C.; his white Southern mother met his father, a Japanese hibachi chef, when she went out to eat. Akiho’s father wasn’t in the picture for much of his childhood, and his older sister helped raise him; she was into rock drumming and introduced him to her kit. In high...

‘Citizen Ashe’ Review: Advantage, Arthur Ashe

When a commentator in “Citizen Ashe” calls a tennis face-off “the most brilliant and fascinating tactical match I’d ever seen,” you may find yourself nodding vigorously. You may also mutter hush, man, I need to focus on the game, which took place in 1975. That was the year that Jimmy Connors, tennis’s reigning male champion and very bad boy, strutted onto the grass at Wimbledon to play a...

For Andy Warhol, Faith and Sexuality Intertwined

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The art historian John Richardson, speaking to the glittering crowd at Andy Warhol’s memorial service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1987, said of the artist’s Catholic faith: “Those of you who knew him in circumstances that were the antithesis of spiritual may be surprised that such a side existed. But exist it did, and it’s key to the artist’s psyche.” “Andy Warhol: Revelation,” a paradigm...

Best Albums of 2021

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Jon Pareles | Jon Caramanica | Lindsay Zoladz Jon Pareles Songs of Trauma, Fear and Triumph The past year was awash in recorded music — not only the stuck-at-home recordings that musicians occupied themselves with when touring evaporated during the pandemic, but also many albums that had been made before the lockdowns but had been shelved in hopes of some return to normalcy. The albums that...

‘Flee’ Review: From Kabul to Copenhagen

“Home — what does it mean to you?” That’s the question that hovers over “Flee,” Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s piercing animated documentary about a high school friend of his who emigrated from Afghanistan to Denmark as a teenager. For reasons that become clear in the course of the film, the friend — now a grown man with a solid relationship and a flourishing academic career — is given a pseudonym. He’s...

Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden Redesign Is Approved

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A much-debated redesign of the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden by the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto has passed its final hurdle in an approval process that began in 2018. On Thursday, the National Capital Planning Commission, the federal government’s central planning agency for Washington and its surrounding region, voted in favor of the $60 million project. It will add open-air galleries, a new...

Looking Again at Amy Winehouse, 10 Years After Her Death

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LONDON — On the wall of a museum here hangs a handwritten page from Amy Winehouse’s teenage notebook, listing her “fame ambitions.” There are 14 goals, including “to be photographed by David LaChapelle” (the photographer who would later direct the music video for her song “Tears Dry on Their Own”) and “to do a movie where I look ugly.” A decade after her death at 27, the exhibition “Amy: Beyond...

Alec Baldwin Says He ‘Didn’t Pull the Trigger’ in ‘Rust’ Killing

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The actor Alec Baldwin said in an upcoming television interview that he did not pull the trigger of the gun he was practicing with on the set of the film “Rust,” which fired a live round as he held it, killing the film’s cinematographer and wounding its director. “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them — never,” Mr. Baldwin told George Stephanopoulos in an ABC News...

Turner Prize Goes to Array Collective, an Art Protest Group

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COVENTRY, England — Array Collective, a group of 11 artists who attend political protests in Northern Ireland, wearing carnivalesque costumes and holding funny, provocative banners, has won the Turner Prize, the biggest award in British art. The announcement was made on Wednesday night during a ceremony at Coventry Cathedral in this English city, where an exhibition of works by artists nominated...

Gen Z Pop Stars Made Their Mark in 2021. Beware, Millennial Forebears.

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On August 30, the archetypal millennial Drake revealed the cover of his new album, “Certified Lover Boy.” Designed by the British art provocateur Damien Hirst, it depicts 12 emoji women of varying skin tones, all pregnant, presumably by (emoji?) Drake. Much like the cover of Drake’s 2016 album, “Views,” which featured him perched moodily atop Toronto’s CN Tower, this image was first met with...