Why The Getty Center’s Art Was Safest Inside The Getty, No Matter How Close The Fires Got

“Visitors come to the Getty Center in Los Angeles to see Vincent van Gogh’s irises and other great works. What they don’t see is the reason that these masterpieces could stay put while thousands in Southern California had to evacuate as multiple fires raged in recent days, one of which came within thousands of feet […]

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The Met Is Right, Says Philip Kennicott: Even If It’s Disturbing, That Balthus Painting Should Not Be Hidden

“Censoring Balthus, whose work is disturbing but not pornographic, makes no sense. Removing his work from view would not eliminate the desires he animates and it would probably lead to the loss of other work, which explored other horizons of the illicit. We would lose much of the imperfect progress we made away from shame […]

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