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“The Unicorn Defends Itself,” from the Unicorn Tapestries, 1495–1505, in wool warp, wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts.

Looming Large Several new exhibitions celebrate the art of textiles, from tapestries to sculpture

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Balancing Act

The Baltimore Museum of Art made waves with its announcement that in 2020 it would buy art only by women. This would be a bold move for any museum, but it’s right in step for the B.M.A., an institution that has made an effort in recent years to champion the work of under-represented artists. In the past three years alone, more than 20 of its exhibitions exclusively featured nonwhite artists. The museum has also made a point of purchasing and exhibiting art by black women, and has recently acquired six pieces by the Philadelphia-born abstract painter Howardena Pindell, whose richly cosmological work explores race and gender. READ ON

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Bright Lights, Big City

A glossary of ways in which the spectrum can be layered, thickened, smoothed, and blended, the art of James Turrell has the sort of beauty that is fed by social media but, at the same time, floats above it. Since 2013, the year of the artist’s three colossal museum retrospectives (at LACMA, M.F.A. Houston, and the Guggenheim), Turrell’s work has inspired endless selfies, memes, and articles with titles like “A Quick Look at James Turrell, the 72-Year-Old Artist Who Inspired Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ Video.” Somehow, the retweets don’t cheapen the originals. READ ON

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