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. Here's what I wrote: "Book of Beasts demonstrates well how an esoteric subject can appeal to … [Read more...] about How to Attract Visitors to an “Esoteric” Exhibit
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 art, and if the current exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art is any indication, … [Read more...] about Eye On San Diego–For Art!
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 easy to like, with lots of color, … [Read more...] about Why Is this Museum Exhibition So Troubling?
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 of that piece--whose … [Read more...] about Hirshhorn Museum: On A Roll
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 published in The Wall Street Journal while I was away. That's because Bellotto's panoramic … [Read more...] about Thank Heaven for Museum Renovations!