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How did Normal Rockwell come to paint "The Golden Rule," his paean to multicultural harmony?

Preserving a Rockwell Era • NYT Museums, March 19, 2009
The Norman Rockwell Museum turns back the clock to 1960, when the artist put his popularity to work for social causes.

Ever wonder why we're so obsessed with polls?  Blame it on the Surrealists. They pioneered the craze in 1928, nearly 10 years before statisticians like George Gallup began to quantify  it as a science. 

Ceci N'est Pas Surrealism: Even if you don't know Surrealism, it knows you • Slate, February 19, 2002
A discussion of Surrealism, plus Slate's first slideshow, Ceci n'est pas Surrealism

May 14, 2016: SF MoMA reopens to the public with a new expansion designed by Snohetta and an installation of the Don and Doris Fisher collection.  

Private Collection Becomes Very Public • NYT Arts & Leisure, June 6, 2010
The extraordinary art collection of the Gap's founders, Don and Doris Fisher, will go on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in "Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection."


Feb. 15, 2016: Tate Britain announces major David Hockney retrospective

Hockney's Long Road Home
Arts & Leisure, October 18, 2009 • cover story, featured on home page
A transplanted artist left the pools of Southern California for the landscapes of his native Yorkshire.
Audio Slide Show: An Artist's Homecoming

Jan. 25, 2016:  R.I.P. Mr. Dial

Letting His Life's Work Do the Talking
Arts & Leisure, February 20, 2011
The work of Thornton Dial will be on exhibit at his first career retrospective at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Slide Show: Slide Show: Thornton Dial
Video: Excerpt, 'Mr. Dial Has Something to Say'