Love and Theft
by James McAuley
Six years ago the German tax police entered a modest apartment and found more than a thousand works of art. What crimes lie beneath the Gurlitt Collection, and can pictures testify to them? A report from Bonn and Bern
by Matthew J. Abrams
Egon Schiele, dead a hundred years ago this October, was a demigod to postwar rockers and punks. What is left of his bad manners in the age of Snapchat and sexting?
People of the Book
by Cody Delistraty
Michel Houellebecq envisioned a France whose politicians were so exhausted that a young upstart could break the system. He was almost right: it was Emmanuel Macron
The Interpreter’s Tale
“If you look at the climate more broadly, you can consider that this fear is ultimately a fear of human survival. It’s not about the survival of the planet, or of nature. What is nature? Nature is whatever is outside; nature will be present even if the human species goes extinct.”
“This sampling culture, we’ve gone through it. I love being in a new period where we don’t have a scarcity of information or access. Before, an artist might spend all this time hunting for an obscure 7-inch, but art can’t trade on that kind of micro-connoisseur knowledge anymore. We have to do more.”
I. Glasgow and Edinburgh
by Susannah Thompson
London is good enough for some, but the true British artistic powerhouse is Glasgow: restless, experimental, and proudly European. Too bad about those referenda
II. New York
by Kanishk Tharoor
In 1947, the year of Indian independence, a French photojournalist made his first visit to the subcontinent. Cartier-Bresson’s images of a new nation gave a later Indian photographer his vocation
by Andrew Maerkle
Even after the bubble burst, Tokyo remained a city under constant construction. Now the Olympics are coming to town—and Japan’s scrap-and-build mindset faces some concrete obstacles
by Lucy Madison
Imagine: you send your daughter to figure skating lessons and she starts to idolize Tonya Harding. Yet even a die-hard fan of the rink’s worst apple has doubts about Margot Robbie’s incarnation
The Body Politic
by Madison Mainwaring
At the New York City Ballet, a man takes over a woman’s role. What does it mean to imagine a profoundly sexed art form beyond gender?
by Linda Besner
In Toronto, Google shifts from Chrome to condos. When private enterprise divorces public space, who gets to keep the data?
by Daisy Prince
Dear Meghan, congratulations on your engagement to Prince Harry. Please allow me, your fellow American, to give you the benefit of a little advice.