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How to Attract Visitors to an “Esoteric” Exhibit

Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World is notable for several reasons. But the one I want to dwell a little on here is a point I made in the final paragraph of my review of this show at the Getty Museum for The Wall Street Journal, which was published in Monday’s paper. […]

Eye On San Diego–For Art!

San Diego, you may be surprised to learn, is not only the eighth largest U.S. city by population, but also among the fastest growing. Yet people to tend talk about its virtues in terms of the beach, sports, the zoo and the Navy–not its art offerings. Surprise! San Diego has a lot to offer in […]

Why Is this Museum Exhibition So Troubling?

Several weeks ago, I visited the Dallas Museum of Art to see an exhibition of works by Jonas Wood (b. 1977) and to review it for The Wall Street Journal. (Here’s the link.) Wood’s paintings–mostly–are striking. He makes landscapes, still lifes, interiors, portraits and various combinations of those genre. They have wall power. They are […]

Hirshhorn Museum: On A Roll

Continuing its good tidings, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., just announced a special acquisition: As disclosed in an article I wrote for The Art Newspaper, which was published last week, the Hirshhorn has bought Yayoi Kusama’s very first Infinity Room, called Phalli’s Field, which she made in 1965. The acquired work is a reconfiguration […]

Thank Heaven for Museum Renovations!

I’ve been away for a few weeks–but I don’t want you to miss notice of an excellent exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum: The Lure of Dresden: Bellotto at the Court of Saxony, which runs until Apr. 28. For the headline above, I used the first words of my review of the show, which was […]

Kahlo: It’s Fridalandia in Brooklyn

I enjoyed seeing the Brooklyn Museum’s Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, but as regular readers of this blog know, it’s always all about the art for me. And while there were plenty of excellent photographs, costumes and MesoAmerican artifact on view there, the exhibit was about Frida–not about her art. To be sure, that’s what […]

Monet In Series–A Love Story

When it comes to paintings by Monet, there are many to love. But I especially appreciate his series (poplars and Rouen cathedral are probably my favorites). Still I was eager to see that Monet’s Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process, an exhibition of his paintings from that series, which had originated at the Memorial Art Gallery […]

Increasingly, Indigenous Art Is Getting Its Due

That headline may not sound like news, but it is, in one sense. Many occurrences in the world of indigenous art that may not, on their own, make international headlines are adding up to real progress, intensifying a trend that began a few years ago. My own contribution to this was published late yesterday in […]

Gauguin. Spirituality and Max Hollein

Most Paul Gauguin exhibitions show him off as a self-described “savage,” that sensualist who abandoned his family in France to canoodle with young Tahitian girls. He did behave badly a lot of the time, even as he was turning out gorgeous paintings. So it was refreshing to see Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey last year at the de […]

How San Antonio Got a Free Scholar’s Rock

One day in December, Katherine Luber, director of the San Antonio Museum of Art, two curators and a museum trustee wandered around a rock yard in China that looked more like a moonscape than a landscape. They were looking for a gift–made by the nearby city of Wuxi, a sister city to San Antonio. Months […]

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