That Which I Should Have Done, I Did not Do, 1998, Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly, who died this month at the age of 83, is better known for his painting than his sculptures. Indeed he is hardly known for his sculptures at all. Squiggly lines across the canvas, with words, extracts of poetry and the paint smeared on by finger, that is what he is known and admired for. […]

Christie’s chairman steps down after 27 years

Edward J. Dolman, a 27-year Christie’s veteran, has quit the auction business to become executive director of the Qatar Museums Authority. He will be working for the emir’s daughter, chairperson H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, according to a statement from Christie’s. Dolman was named Christie’s chairman in 2010 after a […]

Rolling Stones photos found after 40 years

For a little known photographer to have snapped the Rolling Stones at the height of their fame is quite something. But to have lost the negatives, the only record that the photos existed besides one grainy image published on the inside cover of the band’s Sticky Fingers record sleeve, must have been utterly gutting. Peter […]

A Prayer for Lucian Freud

Even at the very beginning of his long career as a painter of the human figure, Lucian Freud, who died in 2011, displayed the characteristic features of his looking. He was an obsessive, from beginning to end, and in his earliest works he was principally interested in eviscerating – yes, that’s exactly what it felt […]

Top 5 NYC Gallery Exhibitions Summer 2011

With so many galleries and openings scattered around New York City,  it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  Where to go?  Here are my top 5 picks for the summer.   Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George and Juergen Teller at Lehmann Maupin, through Aug. 14.  A lively, sexy show of recent works in which art stars seem to be having a […]

Review of David LaChapelle’s From Darkness to Light at Lever House, NYC

By its very nature, the work of American photographer David LaChapelle invites controversy. One observer at New York magazine called David LaChapelle “the Fellini of photography,” while another of the same periodical’s writers suggested, “David LaChapelle should have his artistic license suspended.” If asked to describe his efforts, one might begin by calling them manic. […]

Review: Best and Worst of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

There are several special exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City at this time.  I’m going to talk about 4 of them that I’ve seen recently and give you my general opinion of each one. This will be my best and the worst rating for this museum for Summer 2011. The 4 […]

Review of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

About the Exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, is free with admission A few days ago,  Sabina who is an artist friend of mine and I decided to go the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We had not been in a while and so thought it […]

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