4 days ago | Visual Arts
At some point during Abstract Expressionism's heyday, Ad Reinhardt — or perhaps it was Barnett Newman, they were both hardcore painters — quipped, "Sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting." To appreciate the mat...
9 days ago | Art Reviews
The painter Joan Mellon recently told me that, for her, painting was a conversation with her materials and surfaces. Indeed, her abstractions can evoke the sense of a searching, back-and-forth discussion — not to mention the occasional heated argu...
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18 days ago | Visual Arts
"I have problems with villains," the comic-book virtuoso Will Eisner once said in an interview. "I've never been able to see a villain as absolute! Always in the back of my mind I say, 'I bet he's good to his mother.' " Humanity leavened with cont...
1 month ago | Visual Arts
I hate being odd in a small town If they stare let them stare in New York City* Andy Warhol, the striving son of Eastern European blue-collar immigrants, rose out of the cultural maelstrom of postwar America to the rarest of artistic heights, beco...
2 months ago | Visual Arts
It was December 1956, a golden age for magazine illustration. Hugh Hefner had recently dazzled the publishing world with Playboy, a stylish compendium of contemporary fiction, advice for young men on the make, airbrushed photos of curvaceous women...