Art

War Movies Used to be Big, Sprawling Things. What Happened?
The trend of small-minded war movies continues
February 06, 2014

Last year, Walter Kirn lamented the state of the ever-shrinking American war movie.

Clooney's 'The Monuments Men' Is Dreadful, Smug, and Incoherent
February 05, 2014

There is one moment in The Monuments Men that is as sweet and pleasing as a fresh cupcake. It has a charm that is no small thing in the making of movies.

Mostly-Naked Man Appears on College Campus. Mostly-Idiotic Controversy Ensues.
February 05, 2014

A statue has elicited nervy indignation from Wellesley students. Here's why they're not justified in their discomfort.

Legends of the Gay Art Underground
Two new shows highlight the hedonist asceticism of 1950s Bohemians
February 04, 2014

Jess and Peter Hujar responded to the tsunami of mid-to-late-twentieth-century art by becoming deep-sea divers, discovering strange and wonderful visions far below American culture’s roiling surfaces.

The Met's Director Went to Davos to Say Museums Need to Talk Like Businessmen
January 27, 2014

Perhaps the saddest words ever spoken by the director of a major museum

Stop Taking Selfies in Front of Works of Art!
January 22, 2014

Today is Museum Selfie Day, in case you weren’t aware, a day in which many of the major museums of the world are encouraging their patrons not to actually look at the art, but to pose in front of it—then to share their oh-so-artful self portraits on

Can Detroit's Art Museum Be Saved?
January 18, 2014

It’s heartbreaking to live in a country where art is expendable. I couldn’t shake that thought the other day, after spending a long afternoon at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of this country’s greatest museums.

MoMA's Faux-Populist Expansion Makes it Look Like a Department Store
This is how you ruin a cultural institution
January 13, 2014

Once upon a time the Museum of Modern Art was a home away from home for anybody who cared about modern art. This is how you destroy a major cultural institution.

This Is Why We Go to Modern Art Museums
January 10, 2014

The MoMA’s announcement Friday that New York’s American Folk Art Museum—built for $32 million barely a decade ago—will be a casualty of its latest expansion project has, unsurprisingly, prompted a wave of criticism.

A New Book on Rube Goldberg Features these Amazing Sketchbook Contraptions
December 15, 2013

The "Special Mosquito Exterminator," and other new discoveries

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