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Met Stands Fast Against Creeping Fascism Over Balthus Painting (Photo)

Therese Dreaming by Balthus

The Met is under pressure to remove ‘Therese Dreaming’ a painting by Balthus. Critics say it sexualizes a young girl on the cusp of adulthood, a common theme in his work. (Photo: Balthus)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’s premiere repository of art and culture, is standing fast against a coterie of critics, including neo-Fascists, who are demanding the removal of a Balthus painting titled “Therese Dreaming.”

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Morgan Library Fetes First Cultural Iconoclast, Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau by Benjamin Maxham

Henry David Thoreau is the focus of a new Morgan Library & Museum exhibit that provides a rare window into the author’s life. (Daguerreotype by Benjamin D. Maxham 1821–1889, Worcester, Mass, June 18, 1856. Berg Collection, New York Public Library)

Henry David Thoreau was America’s first cultural iconoclast. Not much is popularly known about him beyond his seminal book “Walden.” But the Morgan Library & Museum’s upcoming exhibit provides a rare window into Thoreau’s life.

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MoMA Party in the Garden Fit for a Rockefeller and a Few Friends (Photos!)

Susan Rockefeller, David Rockefeller Sr., and Ariana Rockefeller attend the 2016 Museum of Modern Art Party in the Garden in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Susan Rockefeller, David Rockefeller Sr., and Ariana Rockefeller attend the 2016 Museum of Modern Art Party in the Garden in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

The Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) Party in the Garden was fit for a Rockefeller, make that two or three Rockefellers. The elite New York family was joined by a sprinkling of celebrities and other movers and shakers to raise money for the museum, a place where old money rubs shoulders with the terminally hip.

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Pop Art Gets International Perspective at Philadelphia Museum of Art (photos)

Ice Cream, 1964, by Belgian artist Evelyne Axell (1935–1972) will be on of the featured works. The oil on canvas painting is from the collection of Serge Goisse in Belgium.

Ice Cream, 1964, by Belgian artist Evelyne Axell (1935–1972) will be on of the featured works. The oil on canvas painting is from the collection of Serge Goisse in Belgium.

Pop art has long been thought a uniquely American movement led by artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. But Pop flourished around the globe, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art has assembled an exhibit reflecting the bold, thought-provoking imagery of the period.

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Joaquín Torres-García, Avant-Garde Modernist, Gets MoMa Retrospective

Joaquin Torres Garcia pictured in his studio. His significant works will be part of a major MoMa retrospective.

Joaquin Torres Garcia pictured in his studio in Barcelona circa 1920. His significant works will be part of a major MoMa retrospective.

Joaquín Torres-García, a towering figure in modern art, whose influence extended from South America to Europe, will get a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City this month. Drawings, paintings, objects, sculptures, and original artist notebooks will be featured, according to the museum.

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Art Museums Create Plan to Safe Harbor Art Objects Threatened by War

The Islamic State posted this photo on social media showing extremists destroying an ancient statue with sledge hammers. (Photo: ISIS)

The Islamic State posted this photo on social media showing extremists destroying an ancient statue with sledge hammers. (Photo: ISIS)

Art museums under the auspices of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) have created a plan to safeguard rare art and antiquities that are threatened with destruction in war zones. The move was prompted by attacks on ancient, historic sites in the Middle East.

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Met Museum 'Strongly Condemns' Mosul Antiquities Destruction

The Islamic State posted this photo on social media showing extremists destroying an ancient statue with sledge hammers. (Photo: ISIS)

The Islamic State posted this photo on social media showing extremists destroying an ancient statue with sledge hammers. (Photo: ISIS)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City joined arts organizations around the world today (Feb. 26) to universally condemn the destruction of priceless antiquities by Islamic extremists in the Iraq city of Mosul.

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Katy Perry, Celebrities Burnish LA's Contemporary Art Museum Gala

Katy Perry was among the eye-catching young celebrities who turned out to support LA's Museum of Contemporary Art.

Katy Perry was among the eye-catching young celebrities who turned out to support LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Katy Perry and Glee’s Dianna Agron were among celebrities who attended the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles, burnishing the troubled museum’s reputation and bottom line.

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George Clooney's Monuments Men in Real Life Featured at The Met

George Clooney in the movie 'Monuments Men' and James J. Rorimer (inset), a real life Monuments Man during World War II.

George Clooney in the movie ‘Monuments Men’ and James J. Rorimer (inset), a real life Monuments Man during World War II.

James J. Rorimer, one of the art experts portrayed in George Clooney’s film “The Monuments Men,” will be featured in a new Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit, highlighting his historic role saving priceless artworks during World War II.

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C.F. Martin, Father of 'American' Guitar, Featured at Met Museum

C. F. Martin , father of the 'American' guitar and the Martin Guitar Co., is the subject of a Met Museum exhibit.

C. F. Martin , father of the ‘American’ guitar and the Martin Guitar Co., is the subject of a Met Museum exhibit.

C. F. Martin, an 18th Century German immigrant has as much to do with rock and roll as Chuck Berry and The Beatles. He invented the guitar as it’s known today. His designs, first developed 180 years ago, make up a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Riley Keough, Michelle Williams Light Up Whitney Gala (photos!)

Michelle Williams lent her support to the Whitney Museum at their annual fall gala.

Michelle Williams lent her support to the Whitney Museum at their annual fall gala.

Riley Keough, granddaughter of the late King of Rock Elvis Presley, and actress Michelle Williams were among celebrities who polished their artsy cred at the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party in New York City last night (Oct. 23).

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Persia's Cyrus the Great May Not Have Been So Hot After All

Cyrus the Great. or just run-of-the-mill dictator? Ancient Cyrus Cylinder provides some clues.

Cyrus the Great. or just run-of-the-mill dictator? Ancient Cyrus Cylinder provides some clues.

A rare artifact from the reign of Cyrus the Great in 539 BC will go on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York this week, reopening a debate whether it represents the “first declaration of human rights,” or merely convenient political propaganda.

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Mendelssohon Heirs Sue Over Picasso Sold Under Nazi Duress

Hitler examines looted art during World War II.

Hitler examines looted art during World War II.

Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s extensive art collection, sold under Nazis persecution during the Third Reich, is the subject of another lawsuit filed by his heirs. At issue is an iconic Picasso painting known as “Madame Soler.”

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Eugene Delacroix Defaced Liberty Raises Security Issues Anew

Eugene Delacroix’s homage to the French Revolution, entitled “Liberty Leading the People” has been defaced by a “9/11 truther,” raising questions once again about museum security and public access to priceless works of art.

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Drawings By Surrealist Masters on View at the Morgan Museum

Two Exquisite Flowers by Salvador Dali (1972)

‘Two Exquisite Flowers’ by Salvador Dali (1972)

Surrealist drawings by iconic artists such as Salvador Dalí, René Magritte and Joan Miró are on view at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York in a stunning new exhibit entitled “Drawing Surrealism.”

Paul Newman's Vintage Rolex Watch Fetches $17.8M at Auction (See!)

Paul Newman's Vintage Rolex Watch Fetches $17.8M at Auction (See!)

The late Paul Newman is known for more than ranch dressing. He was also a snazzy dresser, and his vintage Rolex Daytona ...Read More
David Bowie Draft of Iconic 'Starman' Lyrics Going Up for Auction (video)

David Bowie Draft of Iconic 'Starman' Lyrics Going Up for Auction (video)

David Bowie's iconic 1972 song "Starman" marked a turning point in his career, and a working draft of the lyrics he wrot...Read More
David Rockefeller Estate to Sell Extensive Art, Furniture Collection

David Rockefeller Estate to Sell Extensive Art, Furniture Collection

David Rockefeller, banker, philanthropist and avid collector died in March at the age of 101, prompting the sale of more...Read More
Morgan Library Fetes First Cultural Iconoclast, Henry David Thoreau

Morgan Library Fetes First Cultural Iconoclast, Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau was America's first cultural iconoclast. Not much is popularly known about him beyond his seminal bo...Read More
J.D. Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye,' an Icon of Teen Rebellion, Turns 65

J.D. Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye,' an Icon of Teen Rebellion, Turns 65

‘Tis the season ... for my perennial pilgrimage to Manhattan in New York City, the warren of Holden Caulfield, the disgr...Read More
Linda Bruckheimer Sees Life Through Lens of 'High Concept' Photographer

Linda Bruckheimer Sees Life Through Lens of 'High Concept' Photographer

Linda Bruckheimer is married to movie mogul Jerry Bruckheimer. Normally, that would be the end of the story for a Hollyw...Read More
Muhammad Ali Memorabilia Auction Expected to Draw High Rollers

Muhammad Ali Memorabilia Auction Expected to Draw High Rollers

Muhammad Ali, easily one of the largest sports icons of the 20th Century, is expected to be a major draw when many of hi...Read More
MoMA Party in the Garden Fit for a Rockefeller and a Few Friends (Photos!)

MoMA Party in the Garden Fit for a Rockefeller and a Few Friends (Photos!)

The Museum of Modern Art's (MoMA) Party in the Garden was fit for a Rockefeller, make that two or three Rockefellers. Th...Read More
Joan Rivers Jewelry, Personal Items, Furniture Hit Christie's Auction Block

Joan Rivers Jewelry, Personal Items, Furniture Hit Christie's Auction Block

Joan Rivers' lavish jewelry, fine French furniture, exclusive Bob Mackie gowns, paintings and other object reflecting he...Read More
Arthur Greeno, Bryan Smith Crack Code for Success in 'Breaking Conformity'

Arthur Greeno, Bryan Smith Crack Code for Success in 'Breaking Conformity'

Authors Arthur Greeno and Bryan Smith have penned a new book, "Breaking Conformity," that tells a revealing story that w...Read More
Bernard Boutet de Monvel's Art, Estate Heading for Sotheby's Paris Auction

Bernard Boutet de Monvel's Art, Estate Heading for Sotheby's Paris Auction

Bernard Boutet de Movel, a darling of early 20th century Parisian Cafe Society, was a noted painter, engraver, sculptor,...Read More
Luke Skywalker Blaster Used in Star Wars Movie Can Be Yours... For a Price

Luke Skywalker Blaster Used in Star Wars Movie Can Be Yours... For a Price

Luke Skywalker was pretty handy with a DL-44 Blaster in movies like "The Empire Strikes Back," and now you can own one o...Read More
Pop Art Gets International Perspective at Philadelphia Museum of Art (photos)

Pop Art Gets International Perspective at Philadelphia Museum of Art (photos)

Pop art has long been thought a uniquely American movement led by artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. But Pop...Read More
Mona Lisa May Not Be Who She's Thought to Be; Startling New Discovery

Mona Lisa May Not Be Who She's Thought to Be; Startling New Discovery

Mona Lisa, the enigmatic portrait of a 16th century woman with a wry smile, may not be the person she was thought to be....Read More

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