Looking at dark, rich Old Masters in August is a little like consuming a heavy meal of meat & potatoes in 90-degree weather, instead of a light salad (like Fragonard ) or chilled borscht (like Kandinsky) . Nevertheless, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is treating us to another one of those Read More
Report from the Front
Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. New shows: "events;" how to support the online edition: "works."
August 10, 2011
The New York Times, ever alert to novelty, ran a story on August 2 about "a site-specific work of performance art" called "Ocularpation: Wall Street." It was billed as a commentary on "work and the economy," and masterminded by an artist named Zefrey Throwell (that last name, compounded as it is Read More
August 2, 2011
Summertime, and living is easy. Tourists swarm into Manhattan, and big museums try to lure these people, many of whom don’t know (or care) much (if anything) about modern painting & sculpture, into their air-conditioned halls. Many of these people (the Americans, anyway) just want to be able to say they’ve done their Read More