Author: Flora Biddle

Il Ritorno d’Ulisse

I saw “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse” last week, and found it absolutely extraordinary. It was part of Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival, with music by Claudio Monteverdi, the libretto after Homer, and with William Kentridge as director. Also taking major parts: …Read More

Laura Poitras: Astro Noise

Last night, I went to the opening of an exhibition at the Whitney Museum, “Laura Poitras: Astro Noise.” I was deeply moved by her work, as I had been by her film “Citizenfour,” her video account of Edward J. Snowden’s …Read More

Letter from London

On a recent trip to London, I was overwhelmed by the art I saw, both old and very new. I’ll only mention two exhibitions of the many I saw and loved. Richard Tuttle worked with his crew for six weeks …Read More

Whitney Biennial

The Whitney Museum Biennial 2014, its signal exhibition, is now in its last manifestation at the Breuer building. (The next will be in its new building in the meatpacking district.) And what a show! For me, it’s best in small …Read More

Two Boys

“Two Boys” (at the Met Opera) was a profound experience for me. Nico Muhly’s music is powerful, often beautiful, evoking the world of the Internet and its mesmerizing effects on the young characters who become absorbed in it. Dazzling, complicated, …Read More

Jack Whitten — Alexander Gray Gallery

  Last week, I went to an exhibition of new paintings by Jack Whitten, an artist I’ve been following since the 1970s.  He just gets better and better, I think, and this is his best show yet.  It’s at Alexander …Read More

The Ring — Seattle Opera

I’m back from a week in Seattle, attending the Ring, directed by Stephen Wadsworth. It was magical. Stephen Wadsworth is brilliant, as is the retiring general director of the Seattle Opera, Speight Jenkins. Seattle was beautiful –sunny and warm every …Read More

Ken Price

There’s a marvelous exhibition at the Met of Ken Price’s sculpture.  His work is glorious — luminous, full of color, joy, life.  When it opened in Los Angeles, Ken, who’d been deeply involved in planning his retrospective, had died earlier …Read More