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Opera for a Shattered World
All’s Atonal on the Western Front

This year’s Salzburg Festival performance of Alban Berg’s 1925 opera Wozzeck captures the essence of World War I and the violent potential of mankind’s dehumanizing tendencies.

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Art and Self
You Probably Think This Art Is About You

How selfie-taking reconfigures our relationship to art.

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Uncivil Society
Shooting the Messenger

Courteous behavior faces a structural disadvantage on social media—to our cost.

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Culture and Politics
In Putin’s Russia, Art Looks at You

What you can learn about Russian geopolitics at an art show in Venice.

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Portrait of the Artist
Caillebotte, Patron Saint of the Outcasts

Thanks to an exhibition hosted by the National Gallery of Art, museumgoers are getting an uncensored, rich, and occasionally rough-around-the-edges view of a key Impressionist in his formative stages.

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