Visual Arts

Unfinished at Met Breuer

Saturday I took a trip to the newish Met Breuer to see what all the hoopla was about. Highlights from the visit included an installation piece from Tatsuo Miyajima, galleries much less crowded than the MoMA, and the main exhibition, …Read More

My Momentum and My Muse

Momentum #7 There is a prideful pleasure attached to writing about accomplishments of fellow VDP’ers…only boosted when the artist is also a friend. Biff and I were captivated and impressed by Aimée Farnet Siegel’s recent show in the uber cool, …Read More

Studio Job: MAD HOUSE

“Studio Job: MAD HOUSE” at the Museum of Arts and Design This review has been updated and has replaced its original post on March 28, 2016.  The meeting, melding and tearing apart of the two designers, Job Smeets and Nynke …Read More

Harry Bertoia’s Atmosphere for Enjoyment

Enter the world of Harry Bertoia and you’re in a playground for all ages. There are the sculptures that attempt to reproduce his “Sonambient Stone Barn” in Pennsylvania. These are carefully mounted on a platform and are an immediate hit. …Read More

The Art

We were just at the Denver Art Museum (Daniel Libeskind) and the Clyfford Still Museum (Brad Cloepfil) when we were told about The Art. The Art is a hotel in Denver that’s just around the corner and owned by a …Read More

Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection

This past weekend I visited the Whitney’s new location (I’m ashamed to admit this) the for first time. The new building is a fabulous home for the wonderful collection. The current exhibit, “Human Interest,” takes over the 6th and 7th floors …Read More

Recital Series at the Park Avenue Armory

The Park Avenue Armory and its collection of restored nineteenth-century interiors is a treasure! A great pleasure within that treasure was experienced last evening in the Officers Room with an all-Beethoven program with three sonatas. On violin, Kristóf Baráti, and …Read More

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty

I am currently in the throes of an art identity crisis. As far back as the art class lesson they made me do in school at age eight where you paint Van Gogh’s sunflowers and Monet’s water lilies, I have …Read More

Letter from London: A Little of Everything

A week in London is simply just not enough time to take in the cultural offerings that emerge so numerous each season, you have to wonder that if every institution had the marketing budget of the Tate, if there would …Read More

Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t

If you want to spend a charming few moments go to the Grolier Club and see the exhibition of the Dubansky collection of things in the shape of books. Everything from greeting cards, sewing kits, whisky containers, tobacco holders, minaudieres, …Read More

Letter from London: Art

PAINTING THE MODERN GARDEN: MONET TO MATISSE: This was the hot show in London – big lines, timed tickets, but it was too much of a good thing. The best part was Monet’s “Waterlilies” reunited in a triptych from three …Read More

A New Look at a Van Eyck Masterpiece

At the Metropolitan Museum, there is a jewel of a small exhibition of two panels by the artist , Jan Van Eyck, with beautiful ancillary material such as ivory carvings, cedar carvings, and jewels that serve to give further insight …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

Ricky Jay and Matthias Buchinger

Attention, Ricky Jay fans! The great conjurer is also a great collector of magic-related artifacts. His passion is on display at the Metropolitan Museum: a show of a polymath he admires – an 18th century German named Matthias Buchinger. Buchinger …Read More

Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions

Time’s running out, but there’s an elegant and enlightening show of works on paper by Martin Puryear at the Morgan Library. He’s known for his abstract sculptures that explore craft and deal poetically with race. These drawings and prints reveal …Read More

Jacqueline Humphries

“Alpha 3” Jacqueline Humphries has a wonderful, not-to-be-missed show, up at the Contemporary Arts Center in NOLA until late February. I’m a longtime fan and appreciate her persistent spirit of experimentation. I also admire her dogged dialogue with abstraction, the …Read More

Bata Shoe Museum

A notable and charming museum in Toronto is the less known Shoe Museum. We went thinking it would be a touristy institution. To our surprise it is a serious, excellent display of shoes through the ages beginning with Greek and …Read More

China Through the Looking Glass

“China Through the Looking Glass, An Exhibition of Virtuosity” in the Great Hall of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 14. Great urns in the wall niches and in center of the Hall festooned with branches of cherry blossoms Magically …Read More

May Auction Week

Amazingly full of great works of art for an ever-increasing art-collecting global audience. Catalogues heavier than a 15-lb weight. From a sneak preview of the Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auctions week of May 11, some must sees: 1. Jeff …Read More

Aldus Manutius

One of the most fascinating exhibits in New York is at the Grolier Club, 57 East 60th Street (because of construction, enter from Park Avenue). It is the legacy of Aldus Manutius who was in the 15th century the greatest scholar-printer of …Read More

One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series

An outstanding exhibition at MoMA is a must see! “One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series,” the reunion of 60 paintings by Jacob Lawrence (10 are shown here) about the migration to the North of African Americans, is a handsome, …Read More

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

“Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh” by John Lahr is a great biography. Lahr’s writing is beautifully limpid, direct and revealing; this is quite a feat when dealing with a subject so mercurial, perfervid and psychologically complicated. “I give …Read More

Sinatra: An American Icon

Another choice exhibit in New York City is at the Library of the Performing Arts- —  “Sinatra—an American Icon,” — which so handsomely shows the life, career, and talent of that charismatic and extraordinary singer. It will resonate particularly for …Read More

Sculpture in the Age of Donatello

There is a beautiful exhibition at The Museum of the Bible (Broadway at 61st Street), “Sculpture in the Age of Donatello,” which should not be missed! There are works of Donatello, Ghiberti, della Robbia and others, largely from Il Duomo …Read More

Richard Estes: Painting New York City

Super-realist Richard Estes has literally painted his way around the world, but he is particularly in love with New York City. Hence this exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design that is his testament to the extraordinary diversity of …Read More

The Metropolitan Museum

  We went to a preview of the new Met Museum show, The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky, on Tuesday night; it opens on Monday, March 9th. I can claim absolutely no knowledge of American Indian Art and …Read More

Thomas Hart Benton’s “America Today” at the Metropolitan Museum

Whatever you think of Thomas Hart Benton, don’t miss this ten-panel mural installation that recreates the New School for Social Research’s boardroom, where it hung beginning in 1930. Having survived several moves, the mural has been given a sensitive restoration …Read More

tears become… streams become…

The 67th Street Armory has become one of the most creative venues in the city, thanks to Rebecca Robertson and her artistic directors whose imaginations enable theatergoers to enjoy experiences they could never have in any other space. Hence this …Read More

Clyfford Still Museum, Denver

Upon arrival in Denver recently for a convention, we found three exhibit opportunities that promised to be far more interesting that the convention itself. There was a Dale Chihuly installation at the Denver Botanic Garden, but we missed it because …Read More

CooperHewitt

The design museum of the Smithsonian, Cooper Hewitt, just reopened in the former Carnegie mansion on 5th Avenue and 91st Street after three years of a complete overhaul, and it’s one of the best new museums we’ve seen in years. …Read More

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion

  Anyone who is struggling with our current immigration policy must go to the New-York Historical Society exhibition of the Chinese in America. It shows, sadly and dramatically, the U.S’s terrible and cruel treating of those who try to emigrate …Read More

Art Basel Miami Beach…and the 21 Other Art Fairs

As is our custom, we drove to Miami last Tuesday for the opening of Art Basel Miami. We stay at the Fontainebleau Towers. It took 90 minutes to make the 12-minute ride to the fair and park. The show has …Read More

Harvard Art Museums

Following a six year, $350 -million renovation, the Harvard Art Museums have reopened to the public, showcasing an expansion designed by architect Renzo Piano. The collections of the Busch-Reisinger Museum (art from the German-speaking countries of Central and Northern Europe) …Read More

Madame Cézanne

  The other night we went to the “small” show — at least for the Met Museum. Cézanne painted portraits of his wife for most of his life — the Met reports 39 times in all. An amazing 34 of …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