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Exhibition of portraits by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec opens at the Bruce Museum

A fascination with the spectacle, nightlife, and the tawdry side of celebrity culture is hardly a recent phenomenon. The artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901) is famed for his images, created more than a century ago, of entertainers in the cabarets, dance halls, theaters and brothels of Paris. The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, is presenting the major exhibition In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum, which showcases the artist’s portraits of the dancers, singers and other performers who became the icons of the Parisian nightlife in the late 19th century. Featuring 100 drawings, prints, and posters (approximately half of the Herakleidon Museum’s extensive collection of Toulouse-Lautrec works on paper), the exhibition explores the relationship between portraiture, caricature, and rise of the cult of celebrity in Belle Époque Paris. Lautrec wanted to show life as it is, not as it should

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With a gilded cage visible from Trump Tower, Ai Weiwei honors pro-migrant New York

He has worked his way through refugee camps, capturing the stories of migrants across the world. Now celebrated Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has brought the fruits of his labor to New York, scattering over 300 works across the metropolis. Weiwei’s most ambitious outdoor project to date, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” — which takes its name from a line in a poem by Robert Frost — formally opened Thursday and will run until mid-February. It’s a love letter of sorts to a city the artist, 60, called home from 1983 to 1993, and a new illustration of his empathy for refugees worldwide — stemming from his own experience of being exiled after his father, a poet, was branded an enemy of the Chinese state. “I need to pay back my love,” Weiwei insisted at a press conference in Central Park, honoring “a city (where) every young artist wants to be,” where “you never feel you are a foreigner.” But the location of one of his large-scale works — a “Gilded Cage” installed at the southeast entrance

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