Famous Violinists Can't Tell a Stradivarius from a Newly-Manufactured Violin
April 11, 2014

A researcher tested top musicians. The results were pretty surprising.

A New Matisse Show Gets at the Mysterious Affinity Between San Francisco and Paris
April 08, 2014

Matisse's under-celebrated inwardness is on display in a new show. 

Why Is MoMA Hiding So Many of Its Greatest Pieces?
March 28, 2014

The way the museum hides so much of its collection is a scandal. It's time to explore all those crazy cul-de-sacs of modern art that it too often ignores. 

A Knockout Exhibition from an Iconoclast Sculptor
March 18, 2014

If you are the sort of person who recoils from typecasting and branding, you won’t want to miss “The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Whitney Biennial: The Most Narcissistic of all New York Art World Events
March 06, 2014

The orgy of navel-gazing is about to begin. 

The Newest Protest Art is the Destruction of the Old Protest Art
March 04, 2014

Something has gone terribly wrong when artistic destruction is associated with a humanitarian ethos.

New Exhibit at the Guggenheim Is a Romper Room on Steroids
February 24, 2014

What happens to an art movement dedicated to perpetual movement when the world eventually moves on?

The Shoah and the Art Market
February 16, 2014

After the recovery of missing Holocaust art from Munich, the papers have been full of breathless stories about the art's value. Is somebody missing the point?

The Armory Show Made Modern Art Something You Love to Hate
Against the cult of novelty
February 15, 2014

100 years ago, the cult of novelty was born. 

Matthew Barney's New Epic Is a Mythomaniacal Mailer-Hemingway Mash-Up
And he's more scatological than ever
February 11, 2014

Nobody among the current elite crew of megalomaniacal mixed-media artists has gone farther than Matthew Barney when it comes to rejecting the old-fashioned constraints of the art gallery in favor of the dramatic possibilities of film.