Visual Arts

MoMA’s Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait

In my enthusiasm to respond to an invitation to visit MoMA’s new Louise Bourgeois show in early hours last month, I didn’t check the fine print. I expected to be admiring large sculptural spiders in solitude, but instead realized this …Read More

Art in the Open – at the Museum of the City of New York

Starting in the late ’60s, New York City became the site of hundreds of innovative installations of artworks and sculptures – in parks, on median strips on Park Avenue, in building plazas and on building walls, even in subways. Until …Read More

Art and China After 1989: Theater of The World

  Why 1989? Tiananmen Square! This is art with a message – a political message. Experimental film, videos, paintings, and installations by Ai Weiwei and other Chinese artists of today. Hanging across the entire atrium is a contemporary take on …Read More

Kips Bay Decorator Show House

We spun quickly through this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House in a wide building (the former China Institute) at 125 E 65th St. It is probably worth seeing for the soignée dining room alone, which is a sensory overload …Read More

Calder/Miró: Constellations

There are two small but enchanting shows at Acquavella Galleries and Pace Gallery. The Acquavella show, which I think should definitely be viewed first, presents all 23 of Miró’s hand-painted “Constellation” series (22 originals, including just one copy). Miró produced …Read More

Why Pictures Now — Louise Lawler at MoMA

Photographer Louise Lawler has her first NY museum retrospective, at MoMA currently. The exhibit is up through the end of July, so you have time to see this wryly witty show. The retrospective is entitled “Why Pictures Now” (which is …Read More

Love in Venice

A small gem of an exhibit is currently at the 42nd Street New York Public Library. On the first floor is “Love in Venice” showing some of the wonderful holdings of the library in its 15th- through 19th-century trove of …Read More

Turner at The Frick

There’s a gem of an exhibit on Turner’s great port paintings at The Frick Collection. Two huge portraits of Dieppe and Cologne, together for the first time, plus an unfinished third canvas. But the stars for us were four smaller …Read More

Whitney Biennial

The first in the Whitney’s downtown home, this 78th Biennial survey of American art uses every part of the museum’s new capacious quarters. We were fortunate to have a guide who exposed us to artistic thought at several levels — …Read More

Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim

A staggeringly handsome exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum celebrating the 80th anniversary of the collection. Beautifully mounted with superb treasure after superb treasure it is a joy to see. It gives deeper insight into the non-objective and the abstract schools …Read More

Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection

The New York in the 20s/Art Deco exhibition at Cooper-Hewitt is another jewel in New York this spring, with so many beautiful examples of decorative arts created during that era. The jewelry, pottery, glassware, textiles, fashions, and silver are wonderfully displayed …Read More

Audubon Terrace Excursion: American Academy Invitational Exhibition, Charles Ives Studio and Handpulled Noodles

Don’t fret that the Hispanic Society will be closed until 2019. Take a trip up to Audubon Terrace (the 1 subway or the 4 bus) to catch the American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts. The display of a number …Read More

Georges Seurat at The Metropolitan Museum

Seurat’s “Circus Sideshow” is a major offering at the Metropolitan Museum this Spring in the Lehman Wing, which circles around to show not only Seurat’s own painting of “Circus Sideshow” in the late 1880s, but others by many compatriots of …Read More

Visionaries at The Guggenheim Museum

Don’t miss the current show, “Visionaries.” 170 works from the Museum’s collection – Calder, Duchamp, Klee, Mondrian, Picasso, Kandinsky… and more – organized around its six early patron collectors: Justin Thannhauser, Karl Nierendorf, Peggy Guggenheim, Katherine Dreier, Hilla Rebay and …Read More

Francis Picabia

The fabulous subtitle of this MoMA exhibit is apparently a quote of the artist’s: “Our Heads are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction” – and indeed, walking through this show will have your thoughts changing direction frequently. The exhibit …Read More

New Orleans’ First Concorso d’Eleganza

I always admire artistic leaders who understand outreach. Sometimes, this means crossing lines and original thinking. While contemporary art museums are the most adept at this, and their patrons are the most forgiving (or some might say open minded), I …Read More

Seurat’s Circus Sideshow

Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece is the center of this marvelous exhibition at the Met Museum, which is so much more. Like other great museum exhibitions, it places the famous painting in context with its times. The subject, an outdoor teaser performance …Read More

Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity

If you want to experience an outstanding, enlightening and challenging exhibition you must visit “Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity” at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at East 84th Street. It is handsomely mounted and opens one’s eyes …Read More

Mickalene Thomas

For anyone in New Orleans, there is a gorgeous Mickalene Thomas show at Newcomb Art Museum. The show has it all: her photos, sculpture, a working set where she stages her photos, collages and huge paintings. It’s all wonderful, and …Read More

Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection

Just the thought of seeing even half of Sergei Shchukin’s iconic art collection amassed in one place sent me reeling when I read about the current exhibit in Paris. Never having traveled to St. Petersburg’s Hermitage or Moscow’s Pushkin Museums, …Read More

Kerry James Marshall show at the Met Breuer

The Kerry James Marshall show at the Met Breuer was the best show I’ve seen in a while. I’ve always liked his work, but seeing the paintings exhibited chronologically and shown all together cemented my respect. It was a sum-is-greater-than-the-parts …Read More

Museum of Arts and Design

There are several worthy and diverse exhibitions to see right now at MAD — CROCHET CORAL REEF: Toxic Seas by Margaret and Christine Wertheim displays an extraordinary array of Coral Reefs – both live with color and creature habitat and the …Read More

Rauschenberg at the Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is still a HAPPENING. Scores of children rolling down a carpeted hill as one enters the enormous hallway, with supportive parents in attendance. The escalators lift and transport myriads of people all out for a day of …Read More

The Clock

Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” grabbed the Golden Lion Award at the 2011 Venice Biennale, so I’m guessing some of the VDP clan have seen it. The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans teamed with Prospect.4 (our local art event with …Read More

Art Basel Miami

I am predisposed to spending a few days at the Art Basel Miami fair, not only because some of the galleries bring museum quality works of art but because I run into people I don’t get to see at other …Read More

Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection

This year’s “must see” exhibit is “Seeing Nature,” Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection organized by the Portland Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum. If you missed it in Portland, Washington DC, or Minneapolis, you’ve got …Read More

Alma Thomas

Last weekend, Malcolm and I took the speedy A train up to 125th to see the colorful, rhythmic paintings and works on paper of Alma Thomas. What a joy they are! Thomas was the first African-American woman to have a …Read More

Beauty And Truth: Agnes Martin

To see Agnes Martin’s elegant, intense work in the Guggenheim — up close and across the beckoning spiral — is a quieter kind of joy. There’s the discovery of these wondrous paintings and works on paper that you savor on …Read More

James Ensor

James Ensor was a painter from Belgium whose mysterious works are being displayed upstairs in the Royal Academy in the Sackler Galleries. Ensor is not generally well-known, but he is studied in art history classes literally as a bridge between …Read More

Klimt and The Women of Vienna’s Golden Age 1900-1918

It’s not hard getting art deco/nouveau fans like us to the Neue Galerie. Ronald Lauder’s museum is a jewel box. The current exhibition is 11 life-size portraits – including the $135 million movie-inspiring “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” — along …Read More

Picasso Portraits

I always have a little problem with Picasso. Yes, I know that he is the genius of the 20th century and all others pale alongside. But there is always a feeling of slight ickiness when it comes to women. No …Read More

Valentin de Boulogne

Last night, Dale and I were privileged to attend the opening of the Valentin de Boulogne show at the Metropolitan Museum. We were blown away. Neither of us knew the work and were stopped dead in our tracks over and …Read More

Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy

Despite all remarks and anxieties about Brexit, London continues in its frenzy to dazzle. The Post reveals all the new catalogues for the latest fashion looks. Sloane Street is replete with visitors, albeit with head coverings and jewels mid-morning, and …Read More

Letter from Paris

If summer travels take your Paris, at the top of your list should be the new 2,400-seat Philharmonie de Paris building in the Parc de la Villette (19th arrondissement), opened earlier this year (architect’s rendering, below). The park was designed …Read More

The Back Door

I was invited to a VIP Preview of “The Back Door” at the Park Avenue Armory and oh dear…the Emperor’s clothes are now definitely ready for the dry cleaners! This hodge-podge of useless “artistic expressions” – piles of boxes, lights …Read More