George Washington’s Triumphant Return To America – See His Modello At The FrickJuly 16, 2018
George Washington, the father of the United States, died on December 14, 1799, at the age of 67. Sixteen years later, Washington began posing for a posthumous portrait by the leading neoclassicist sculptor of the day, Antonio Canova....
The Futility of Trying to Understand Giacometti—or Anything ElseJune 28, 2018
Near the end of the Giacometti exhibit in the Guggenheim Museum in New York City is a video of the artist being interviewed. Giacometti’s hair is at once combed and struggling to break free of the influence of...
Grant Wood And His Wry Sense of HumorJune 14, 2018
By the time you read this, the Grant Wood exhibit in the Whitney Museum in New York City will be over. ‘American Gothic’ will be heading back to its home, the Art Institute of Chicago. Why did I...
Picasso Sighting in New York City—He’s Mowing his LawnJune 7, 2018
I looked across the street and saw Pablo Picasso mowing his lawn. He was ten feet tall. He was inside a fence, which was unusual, and the expression on his face, with both eyes bulging and a look...
Georgia in Hawaii – The 1939 Voyage for Pineapples and Artistic FreedomMay 25, 2018
Georgia O’Keeffe traveled to Hawaii for three months in 1939, leaving on January 30 and returning in April. She was not on vacation, even though she may as well have been. She had been commissioned by the Dole...
An Auction for the Ages: The Art Collection of Peggy and David RockefellerMay 7, 2018
Peggy and David Rockefeller were able to dine in their dining room and gaze at Edouard Manet’s ‘La plage à marée basse’ between mouthfuls of food. They did this for decades. Then, when the urge struck them to...
The Amazing Flesh of Chaim Soutine-See the Soutine Exhibition at the Jewish MuseumMay 5, 2018
‘Flesh’ in this context means animal flesh. Beef carcasses. Fowl. It also means dead fish. Photographs do not do these paintings justice. The thickness and thinness of the application of the paint needs to be experienced in person,...
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