Art and Museums in NYC This Week

Our guide to new art shows — and some that will be closing soon.

AI WEIWEI: ‘GOOD FENCES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS’ at Washington Square Park, Doris C. Freedman Plaza and throughout New York City (through Feb. 11, 2018). A public disruption by China’s most important contemporary artist comprises large steel cages uptown and downtown, chain-link fences behind bus stops from Harlem to the Bronx, protective netting around Corona Park’s Unisphere, and hundreds of portraits of refugees on lampposts. Mr. Ai is also a refugee — he fled to Berlin in 2015 — and by now there is no untangling his art and his activism. (Jason Farago)

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‘ALBERTO SAVINIO’ at the Center for Italian Modern Art (through June 23, 2018). The paintings of this Italian polymath have long been overshadowed by the brilliant work of his older brother, Giorgio de Chirico. This show of 22 canvases from the late 1920s and early ’30s may not change that, but the mix of landscapes with bright patterns and several eerie portraits based on family photographs are surprisingly of the moment. (Roberta Smith)


‘EDVARD MUNCH: BETWEEN THE CLOCK AND THE BED’ at the Met Breuer (through Feb. 4). If you only know the anguished Norwegian painter for “The Scream,” a real outlier in Munch’s career, this calibrated exhibition will offer you a fine introduction to the art of a melancholy master who brooded much more than he shrieked. The show orbits around a gallery of self-portraits, ranging from a smoky youthful vision, done in 1886 and abraded with a palate knife, to a fatalistic painting of 1940–43, in which the old, gaunt Munch pictures himself trapped between a grandfather clock and the bed he will die in. His estranged gaze on aging, illness and lost love has a urgency that feels relevant in a fatalistic age. (Farago)


‘LOUISE BOURGEOIS: AN UNFOLDING PORTRAIT’ at the Museum of Modern Art (through Jan. 28, 2018). The artist’s frequently handworked prints provide the through line in this compact yet vivid survey. Organized thematically, it moves over six decades in light, circling rhythms, revisiting primordial themes of family and betrayal while incorporating occasional paintings and several sculptures. Ms. Bourgeois’s final efforts resemble an environmental painting, tinged with love and blood. (Roberta Smith)

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Budget Deal in Congress Includes Help for Affordable Housing

When Congress voted last year to sharply reduce corporate income taxes, it undermined the nation’s largest subsidized housing program. This week’s federal spending compromise may help shore it up.

The program, called the low-income housing tax credit, enables corporations to lower their taxes by helping to finance low-cost housing. Lower corporate tax rates made the credit less useful, alarming developers and agencies that provide housing for the poor in rural America and large cities.

Senator Maria Cantwell, Democrat of Washington, negotiated a provision in the spending bill to increase the number of affordable-housing credits for the first time in a decade. Developers said the move was a needed plug in a system that is struggling with financial leaks.

In a news release, Ms. Cantwell called the provision a “down payment” that “will help us deal with the tremendous deficit we have in affordable housing.”

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A New Report on the Las Vegas Gunman Was Released. Here Are Some Takeaways.

The Las Vegas police took the unusual step on Friday of releasing key details about the continuing investigation into the Oct. 1 shooting that killed 58 people and wounded hundreds of others.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a news conference that while he was confident that Stephen Paddock was the only gunman, there was another person under investigation who is likely to be charged in the next two months. No charges will be filed against Mr. Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, Sheriff Lombardo said. He also said there was still no motive known for the attack.

Investigators have uncovered extensive details about the internet search history on Mr. Paddock’s computer, including child pornography, guidance on ballistics and information about SWAT team practices. Law enforcement officials believe Mr. Paddock had recently lost a “significant amount of wealth,” and that may have led him to open fire from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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The Facts Behind Trump’s Tweets on Amazon, Taxes and the Postal Service

President Trump renewed his attacks against Amazon on Saturday, claiming on Twitter that the Postal Service loses billions of dollars shipping packages for the online giant. He also accused The Washington Post — which is owned by Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon — of functioning as a “lobbyist” on behalf of the retailer.

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Olympic Swimmer Ariana Kukors Accuses Former Coach of Sexual Abuse

An American swimmer who competed in the 2012 Olympics has accused her former coach of sexually abusing her when she was a teenager.

The swimmer, Ariana Kukors, 28, said in a statement on Wednesday that the coach, Sean Hutchison, began sexually abusing her when she was 16 and had been “grooming” her for three years before that.

“I never thought I would share my story because, in so many ways, just surviving was enough,” Ms. Kukors said in the statement. “I was able to leave a horrible monster and build a life I could have never imagined for myself. But in time, I’ve realized that stories like my own are too important to go unwritten.”

In a statement emailed by his lawyer, Mr. Hutchison, 46, said Thursday that the accusations were not true. He said that the two had had a “committed relationship” that began after she was of age and that they had lived together for more than a year after the 2012 Olympic Games.

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A Whirlwind Paris Fashion Week With Virgil Abloh

Early last Wednesday evening, on a quiet street in one of Paris’s northern arrondissements, the Off-White studio was abuzz. Young men in hoodies huddled in a front corner; the fashion stylist Stevie Dance studied a model in a leather overcoat and tall boots as boppy, ’80s-inflected tracks played in the background. Nearby, a photographer snapped shots of the model Liya Kebede in a flowing, pale pink dress, which would be the final look for the brand’s fall runway show the following night.

For many, such a concentration of activity might feel manically distracting, but for the designer Virgil Abloh, who surveyed the scene while talking on the phone, this was a typical display of his creative process. “My mind is constantly working. I’m thinking all the time, talking to my team all the time,” he said.

Since its 2013 launch, Off-White has become known for its fusion of streetwear and high fashion, largely because of its highly identifiable motifs — bold, diagonal black-and-white stripes, quotation marks, an X-like emblem with arrows — as well as a run of countless, hype-generating collaborations with brands like Nike, Moncler, Jimmy Choo, Levi’s — and even IKEA.

Abloh, 37, is a first-generation Ghanaian American, and was raised in Illinois; he studied engineering and architecture before a slew of creative pursuits led him to become Kanye West’s creative director. In addition to designing Off-White’s collections, Abloh oversees the architecture and visuals of all his brand’s stores, of which there are nearly two dozen worldwide, some stand-alone and some in larger retail destinations. He introduced his own conceptual furniture collection at Design Miami in December 2016; recently, he celebrated the opening of “Future History,” a collaborative show with the artist Takashi Murakami at London’s Gagosian Gallery for which the duo worked together on paintings and sculptures. And he D.J.s whenever he can. “At any given time I have two day jobs, three …” he shrugged. In a short while he would head to a nearby rented artist’s space to work on pieces for his first solo art show, debuting in Tokyo in two weeks.

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Romanian Prime Minister Is Forced Out, the Second in Seven Months

BUCHAREST, Romania — For the second time in less than seven months, Romania is without a prime minister, after the governing Social Democrat Party pulled its support for the incumbent, forcing his resignation.

The prime minister, Mihai Tudose, announced on Monday evening that he would step down after party leaders failed to resolve a dispute between him and the party’s powerful leader, Liviu Dragnea, who is unable to serve as prime minister himself because of a 2016 conviction for electoral fraud.

Tensions had flared in recent weeks after Mr. Tudose tried to remove a close ally of Mr. Dragnea’s from her role as interior minister, after accusing her of lying to him.

The Social Democrats won a strong mandate in Romania’s last parliamentary elections, held in December 2016. But since then the country has been rocked by the largest protests in a quarter of a century, when hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets last February to oppose government measures that would have relaxed penalties for official corruption. The government backed down, but it has continued to push for similar measures, drawing protesters back into the streets, albeit in smaller numbers.

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Death Toll Is at 17 and Could Rise in Florida School Shooting

PARKLAND, Fla. — A heavily armed young man barged into his former high school about an hour northwest of Miami on Wednesday, opening fire on terrified students and teachers and leaving a death toll of 17 that could rise even higher, the authorities said.

Students huddled in horror in their classrooms, with some of them training their cellphones on the carnage, capturing sprawled bodies, screams and gunfire that began with a few shots and then continued with more and more. The dead included students and adults, some of whom were shot outside the school and others inside the sprawling three-story building.

The gunman, armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, was identified as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who had been expelled from the school, the authorities said. He began his shooting rampage outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in this suburban neighborhood shortly before dismissal time around 2:40 p.m. He then made his way inside and proceeded down hallways he knew well, firing at students and teachers who were scurrying for cover, the authorities said.

“Oh my God! Oh my God!” one student yelled over and over in one video circulating on social media, as more than 40 gunshots boomed in the background.

A father embraced his daughter after being reunited outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday.Credit…Saul Martinez for The New York TimesBack

The AR-15-style rifle has become a common weapon for consumers, but it’s also become a weapon of choice for mass shooters. Gunmen have used them to kill dozens in horrific rampages across the country. Some of the factors that make the AR-15 popular with consumers may also help explain why mass murderers have opted to use them too. They’re capable of firing rounds that can go straight through a human body and penetrate a wall behind it. They’re lightweight and easy to use. Since the muzzle doesn’t rise up much, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to bring it back down, acquire a proper sight line and to fire again. A weapon that’s already deadly can potentially be made more dangerous by adding things like foregrips, scopes and red dot sights. The guns are expensive. But they’re within reach. They cost between $500 and $900. The AR-15 model is basically a consumer version of military-grade assault rifles such as the M-16 or the M-4 carbine. They look almost identical. The big difference: The AR-15 and its variants are semiautomatic; the M-16 and M-4 can be switched to automatic or burst. AR-15-style rifles were prohibited under the assault weapons ban from 1994 to 2004. But since that ended, sales have surged. These weapons have been branded under the term “modern sporting rifle,” which gives a weapon designed for war a consumer-friendly label. The gun is also marketed for home defense. But although they’re clearly strong enough to stop an intruder, critics say AR-15-type rifles could also cause unintended damage or even death in untrained hands. One thing is clear: No matter who’s using it, it can be an extremely lethal weapon.

The AR-15 assault rifle, and others like it, is commonly used in mass shootings in the United States. Here's a closer look at likely reasons.

‘Roseanne’ Revival Wins Huge TV Ratings

At least for a night, America said it really did want more “Roseanne.”

The revival of the vintage ABC sitcom got off to an enormously strong start on Tuesday night, drawing 18.2 million viewers and a 5.1 rating among adults under 50, according to Nielsen. The “Roseanne” numbers rank as the highest total of any comedy on the broadcast networks since the 2014 season premiere of “The Big Bang Theory.”

For comparison’s sake, NBC’s reboot of “Will & Grace” in September drew a little over 10 million viewers and a 3.0 rating among 18- to 49-year-olds. Earlier this month, ABC’s revival of “American Idol” reached an audience of 10.3 million viewers and scored a 2.3 rating in the prize demographic. Both debuts were cause for celebration at both broadcast networks.

The “Roseanne” numbers, however, are in an entirely different category and stand to grow when delayed viewing is factored in.

Many TV industry executives were divided on whether or not a new version of “Roseanne” would take off. Though the industry has been in a reboot craze for the last two years (series like “Full House,” “Twin Peaks,” “The X-Files,” “One Day at a Time” and “Murphy Brown,” have all been brought back to life), the results have ranged from “meh” to solid.

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