The Best Part About the Shutdown Ending: Our National Parks’ Instagram Feed Is Back
October 18, 2013
Over the course of the shutdown, the closure of the National World War II Memorial and its periodic, Bastille-style forcible reopening became a sort of emblem of the whole sordid affair.
The Red Sox Bullpen Cop Photo Mimics a 16th-Century Masterpiece
October 14, 2013
Boston Red Sox rooters like my colleagues Jonathan Cohn and Ryan Kearney were probably too excited about their team’s come-from-behind victory last night to notice a striking similarity between the photo of the game-tying grand slam and a famous Fle
The Most Radical Art in American Sports Has Been Cut
September 30, 2013
The technical term for a work of art that contains itself, or something like itself, is mise en abyme.
If They Replaced Detroit's Art Treasures with Fakes, Would Anyone be Able to Tell?
September 27, 2013
What’s wrong with a museum displaying knock-off art?
The Squatters Who Are Saving Italy's Cultural Treasures
September 17, 2013
To the right of the grand staircase leading up to the circle at the Teatro Valle in Rome is a plaque that says the theatre hosted the premiere in 1921 of Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author.
8 Fascinating Photos of People Sleeping
September 12, 2013
Ted Spagna's photographs exist at the intersection of art and science.
The Rectangular Canvas is Dead
September 07, 2013
You have probably never heard of the young painter Eleanor Ray, but she is a virtuoso, no question about it. She also has a bad case of what I would call the teensies. Frankly, I worry that it may be terminal.
The MoMa Does a Show About 'Sound Art.' It's Not Music.
September 05, 2013
The experiments in audio-visual experience gathered together for this small survey of what’s known as sound art are by turns nerdy and prickly, techy and quirky.
The Degas Wears Prada
August 19, 2013
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, this summer’s exhibition "Punk: Chaos to Couture" endured one of the angriest and most universal critical drubbings in recent memory.
Eleven Astonishing Works of Art Made from Books
August 13, 2013
The 25 contemporary artists featured in Art Made From Books (forthcoming from Chronicle Books) may use similar materials, but their work exhibits extraordinary range—themes that range from nostalgia and the passage of time, to history and nature, to