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Museum World: Five To Applaud

It’s tough being a critic, especially a blogging one. No matter one’s natural tendencies to want to like something, you also tend to see the flaws and the disappointments, then end up coming off as a scold. So as the year ends, I thought I would mention a few of the many things going on […]

Broad Expectations: Exceeded

The other day the Broad Museum announced attendance since its opening on Sept. 20: it admitted 177,264 visitors in its first 12 weeks; by the end of this month, it expects more than 200,000 visitors. Those numbers are against a projected annual number of 300,000, the museum says–which was definitely a low-ball number, I would think. […]

What To Put On the Wall, Along With the Art

The perennially quotidian but important issue of museum labels has cropped up into several conversations I’ve had lately. That put me, for the most part, in mind of some quotes from an artist, none other than that conceptual artist and sometime prankster John Baldessari. There’s little questions that some museums have dumbed down their labels […]

A Fitting and Fun Christmas Art Initiative

Many American museums ignore Christmas–except for the cards and gifts they sell in their shops and, sometimes, secular decorations. So I was pleasantly surprised to learn today of a new effort at the National Gallery in London. Home, as you all know, to one of the greatest painting collections in the world, all dating from […]

Got Miami Week Blues? A New Twist

It’s Art Basel Miami Beach time, and some 250 galleries will be showcasing their art and artists at the convention center there beginning mid-week. Then there are all the satellite fairs, the gallery and museum events, the private collection events (which are very big in Miami), and party-party-party. It was fun when I did the […]

A Recipe For Trouble At New York City Museum

When more than a half dozen people shake their heads in disbelief at a museum announcement, and make a point of asking me what I think, I’d say it was time to weigh in publicly. The announcement that is raising questions came last Tuesday from the Museum of the City of New York. The board […]

Small Museum Makes Waves

For Sotheby’s, the continuing sales of Alfred Taubman’s estate have got to be a disappointment. The auctioneer may not even make back its $500 million-plus guarantee, based on sales of his Impressionist, Modern, contemporary and American art, let alone make a profit. This week, his The Great Florida Sunset (at left) by Martin Johnson Heade sold […]

Unveiling Hammershoi, A Worthy Exhibition

While I was away–I traveled to Jordan from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12, more about which another time–a lot happened in the art world, including the New York fall auction season. But before I go there, I want to share my review of an excellent exhibition at Scandinavia House in NYC. The show is titled Painting […]

Understanding The Auction Season That’s Upon Us

I spent several days in September–and even in late August–reporting an article that appeared as the cover of The New York Times‘s Fine Arts & Exhibitions section, which is officially in the Sunday, Nov. 1 paper. It’s called Anatomy of an Auction, and it has been online already since mid-week last week. The article should […]

“Anonymous” Awards To Women Artists

Once again, the Anonymous Was A Woman Foundation has chosen ten women artists for “no strings” grants of $25,000 each. Since I long ago began covering this–when the awards were first unveiled 20 years ago–I thought I might as well post this year’s winners: Donna Dennis Wendy Ewald Simone Forti Rachel Harrison Pam Lins Jennifer […]

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