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
February 15, 2014
100 years ago, the cult of novelty was born.
Matthew Barney's New Epic Is a Mythomaniacal Mailer-Hemingway Mash-Up
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.
War Movies Used to be Big, Sprawling Things. What Happened?
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.
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
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.
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.