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As Claes Oldenburg’s archives go to the Getty Research Institute . . . three features and one obituary:

What Happened at Those Happenings?NYT Arts & Leisure, Feb. 5, 2012
In advance of the Pace exhibition "Happenings: New York, 1958-1963," some of the creators and participants of those fabled events spoke about their lasting influence.
Slide Show: 'Happenings: New York, 1958-1963

Claes Oldenburg - The Virtuoso of Public SculptureArt Economist, Nov. 2011, cover story
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen and the making of public monuments for over three decades.

Going Softly Into a Parallel UniverseNYT Arts & Leisure, May 17, 2009
Claes Oldenburg reflects on his art at the first show he's had since the death of his wife.
Interactive: Claes, A HistoryVideo: Scenes From 'Fotodeath'

Coosje van Bruggen, Sculptor, Dies at 66 • NYT Obituaries, Jan. 14, 2009
Ms. van Bruggen was a critic, art historian and artist known for the colorful public sculptures she created around the world with her husband, the Pop artist Claes Oldenburg.

R.I.P. Lyn Kienholz:

Southern California Art? Look It Up • NYT Arts & Leisure, December 16, 2007
In her latest project, Lyn Kienholz aims to write Southern California into international art history with an encyclopedia.

How did Marlene Dumas become an art star?

Marlene Dumas's Number Comes Up • NYT Arts & Leisure, March 27, 2005
A few years ago, her paintings sold respectably. Now she's breaking records. Is it long-delayed justice – or sheer luck?

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'