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Paradox of Flesh: The Art of Chris Ofili


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Allegorical Strays: The Art and Craft of James Mellick


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Ritual Images


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Jack Baumgartner and the School of the Transfer of Energy


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The Intoxicating Eye: On Looking at Jila Peacock’s Ten Poems from Hafez


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The Word on the Street: The Photographs of Larry Racioppo


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Louise McClary: Landscapes of Love


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From the Lines of Life: Guy Chase and the Art of the (Extra)Ordinary


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Second Horizon: The Changing Vision of Odd Nerdrum


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The Empty Bed: Tracey Emin and the Persistent Self


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Mirrormind: Lia Chavez and the Artistic Process


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Eat this Scroll: The Saint John’s Bible and the Word Made Flesh


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Hanging Gardens: The Drawings of Gala Bent


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Barry Krammes: Shepherd of the Wasteland


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Appropriation and Representation


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The Mark of Cain


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Things Come Alive: The Art of Olga Lah


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Gerhard Richter: The Capacity for Belief


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Cindy Jackson’s Bevy of Boisterous Bodies


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Vanishing into the Work: The Franciscan Labors of James Munce


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Walking Man: The Art of Thomas Denny


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Desire and Longing: Image Artists after Twenty Years


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Four Corners: Painters Frame Contemporary Painting


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A Spade is Not a Spade: The Art of Fabian Debora and the Mystery of Los Angeles


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Attending to the Light: The Landscapes of David Dewey


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Pixelated Glories: The Graphic Excursions of Kathy T. Hettinga


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Zhi Lin: A New Old Master


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Candy and Copenhagen: Encountering the Art of Jonathan Castellino


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Second Line and the Art of Witness: Steve Prince’s Katrina Suite


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Plates from a Forgotten Book: The Paintings of Kim Alexander


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A Celebration of Transient Beauty: The Photographic Art of Paul Kenny


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Ecstatic Dislocation: The Art of Sedrick Huckaby


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Marc Quinn: The Matter of Life and Death


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Of Mind and Matter


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Dancing to Strange Music: Diversity and Faith in the Visual Arts


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A Reflection in the Window: Gerhard Richter Longs for More


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Something Happens


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Presence in a Space: The Flickering Contradictions of Martin Puryear


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Guy Kinnear: Male Call


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Peter Howson and the Harrowing of Hell


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The Vessel and the Light: Ruth Weisberg Reads the Torah


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Far as the Curse is Found: The Art of Scott Kolbo


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The Avant-Garde and Sacred Discontent: Contemporary Performance Artists Meet Ancient Jewish Prophets


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Ecologies of Knowing


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Jeffrey Mongrain: An Iconography of Eloquence


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The Mosque Outside the Mosque: Aerosol Arabic and the One Experience


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Profound Faith, Profound Beauty: The Life and Art of Sadao Watanabe


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Still Points: The Quiet Spaces of Wolfgang Laib


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Altars to the Unknown God: Modern Art for Modern Christians


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Spiral Jetty

Learning to Live on the Spiral Jetty


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