1 month ago | Visual Arts
There are two principal ways to build a museum collection. There's the old-fashioned way: Inherit it from museum trustees. The second method consists of buying targeted works of art to fill in where museum gifts leave gaps. But what happens when a...
3 months ago | Visual Arts
Summer, that season when art museums turn to breezy exhibitions of Impressionism, galleries shut on the weekends, and the torpor runs warmer, is over. The collective meh you hear is unread copies of Go Set a Watchman and containers of O.N.E. cocon...
4 months ago | Art Reviews
The New Museum's exhibition of Albert Oehlen's muddy paintings of ectoplasmic chaos is obscure, plodding, and irritating, yet it can be difficult to identify the exact sources of this artist's premeditated vexations. One clue lies in the German's ...
5 months ago | Visual Arts
When does a hanging of just four paintings constitute a powerful exhibition? When those pictures happen to be allegorical canvases of overripe flowers by history's most Instagrammed, photographed, and postcarded painter. If there ever was an artis...
6 months ago | Visual Arts
If all art is political, directly or indirectly, then our time is uniquely filled with breezy stuff that effortlessly plumps for the status quo. Still, there are artists who buck the funfair trends. Among these is an intergenerational group of tal...
6 months ago
"Scratch any cynic and you will find a disappointed idealist," said George Carlin. Words to live by when looking at much contemporary art, the phrase is especially useful when considering two concurrent exhibitions at the Met that feature Polish a...