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
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

Psychoanalyst on Bill Clinton's Doodles: "He Looks Like He's Crying Out for Help"
December 09, 2013

Does it matter whether he drew a penis intentionally or unintentionally?

Brazilians Are Taking Over Miami. Can They Take Over Art Basel, Too?
December 06, 2013

This week, amidst the whir of art-world mega-fair Art Basel Miami Beach, local developer Nadim Achi unveiled a new plan for the Surf Club residential and resort complex on northern Collins Avenue.

The Super-Rich Are Ruining Art for the Rest of Us
December 04, 2013

If you can believe all the hand-wringing and soul-searching these days among artists, art critics, and sundry other arts professionals, you’d imagine that nobody is really happy about the $142.4 million paid for a Francis Bacon triptych at Christie’s

Don't Bowdlerize Balthus's Paintings—Or His Mystical Ideas
November 29, 2013

An artist's restless mastery, endangered