A Different Guernica

Like most of Picasso’s greatest works, it is pervaded with his own problems and preoccupations.

Gernika, 1937: The Market Day Massacre

by Xabier Irujo

Who Is Xi?

A leader in some ways more powerful than Deng or even Mao

Xi Zhongxun zhuan [Biography of Xi Zhongxun]

by the Editorial Committee for the Biography of Xi Zhongxun

Xi Jinping: Red China, the Next Generation

by Agnès Andrésy

Zoubutong de “hongse diguo zhilu” [The “Road of Red Empire” That Cannot Be Traversed]

an article by Li Weidong

China’s Future

by David Shambaugh

Degas Invents a New World

In his monotypes he abandoned the classicism he had grown up with

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty

an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, March 26–July 24, 2016

Open the Cages!

Can “capitalism at its best” be a force against animal suffering?

The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals

by Wayne Pacelle

Wonders in the Met’s New Box

Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible

an exhibition at The Met Breuer, New York City, March 18–September 4, 2016

Nasreen Mohamedi: Waiting Is a Part of Intense Living

an exhibition at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, September 22, 2015–January 11, 2016; and The Met Breuer, New York City, March 18–June 5, 2016

Relation: A Performance Residency

by Vijay Iyer

The Trump Bomb

The question of nuclear proliferation

Agon: ‘The Acute Edge of Risk’


a ballet by Igor Stravinsky, with choreography by George Balanchine, performed by the New York City Ballet

James Baldwin & the Fear of a Nation

His observations about race in America feel as relevant and cutting as ever

All Those Strangers: The Art and Lives of James Baldwin

by Douglas Field

Early Novels and Stories

by James Baldwin, edited by Toni Morrison

Collected Essays

by James Baldwin, edited by Toni Morrison

Later Novels

by James Baldwin, edited by Darryl Pinckney

The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings

by James Baldwin, edited and with an introduction by Randall Kenan

Art That Reclaims the Ignored

Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better

an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, February 5–April 27, 2016; and the Museo Jumex, Mexico City, June 9–September 17, 2016

The Nepal Catastrophe


by Thomas Bell

Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal

by Prashant Jha

‘Beautiful and Horrible’

Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems

by Robin Coste Lewis

Which Matisse Do You Choose?

Matisse in the Barnes Foundation

edited by Yve-Alain Bois

Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts

an exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum, New York City, October 30, 2015–January 18, 2016

Ellsworth Kelly: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, Reliefs, and Sculpture, Volume 1, 1940–1953

by Yve-Alain Bois

The Bear’s Best Friend

Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)

by Marion Nestle, with a foreword by Mark Bittman and an afterword by Neal Baer

You Laugh Uncontrollably

Mr. Kafka and Other Tales from the Time of the Cult

by Bohumil Hrabal, translated from the Czech by Paul Wilson

Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age

by Bohumil Hrabal, translated from the Czech by Michael Henry Heim, with an introduction by Adam Thirlwell

Stalin’s Man in Mayfair

The Maisky Diaries: Red Ambassador to the Court of St James’s, 1932–1943

edited by Gabriel Gorodetsky and translated from the Russian by Tatiana Sorokina and Oliver Ready

Rio: The War of the Favelas

Misha Glenny’s ‘Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio’

Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio

by Misha Glenny

Van Dyck: ‘The Great Power of Execution’

Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture

an exhibition at the Frick Collection, New York City, March 2–June 5, 2016

The ‘Darkness and Radiance’ of the Tale

The Gap of Time: The Winter’s Tale Retold

by Jeanette Winterson

The Winter’s Tale

by William Shakespeare, directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, Garrick Theatre, London, October 17, 2015–January 16, 2016

The Triumph of Piero

His pictures, invested with so much emotion by modern viewers, are based on a computational foundation of mathematics and solid geometry

Was There Always an England?

The English and Their History

by Robert Tombs


Charles Rosen on His Own

On recording Debussy’s ‘Études’ and Ravel’s ‘Gaspard de la Nuit’

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