Review of Lighthouse at Two Lights by Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper is the quintessential American Painter.  A Hopper painting is recognizable immediately from it’s signature style and character. While many painters of Hopper’s era were blazing paths into Abstract Expressionism, Edward Hopper was taking the contrarian route with Realism. And nobody does Realism better than Hopper. Hopper’s Realism verges on Impressionism, having a slightly […]

Review: Henri Matisse ‘In Search of True Painting’ at the Metropolitan

There is an incredible exhibition going on until March 17  at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. “Henri Matisse: In Search of True Painting” is a true retrospective of the artist’s life and work. Most people do not realize how much Matisse struggled with his painting throughout his career.  He constantly reworked, […]

Was Jackson Pollock the Greatest Painter of the 20th Century?

Was Jackson Pollock the greatest painter of the 20th century? Was his work the pinnacle of achievement of the modernist painters of his time? These questions strike at the heart of post-modernism. And answering them may never be an easy task for any art historian. Jackson Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming and moved to […]

Review: Ugolino and His Sons by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

The story of Pisan traitor Ugolino della Gherardesca, imprisoned with his sons and condemned to starvation, is told in Dante’s Inferno (canto 33). Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux shows the anguished father resisting his children’s offer of their own bodies for his sustenance. The composition was cast in bronze in Paris in 1862. This Saint-Beat marble now resides […]

Review of Crucifixion Corpus Hypercubus by Salvador Dali

Crucifixion Corpus Hypercubus by Salvador Dali is one of the most beautiful works of the modern era.  The painting is currently displayed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In Crucifixion Corpus Hypercubus, Christ is depicted hovering above checkerboard field that flows out toward an infinite horizon.  The turned face of Christ […]

Review: Current Exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

If you haven’t been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art lately, now is the time to go.  There are some beautiful exhibitions going on right now, but you need to hurry to catch them before they’re gone. I dropped by a couple of times during the last few weeks and was utterly amazed.   I saw […]

Top 4 New York City Art Exhibitions, Winter 2011-2012

The Art of Reuse in Long Island City When: December 1 –  February 29, 2011; Opening reception on December 1 from 6 – 9pm with a panel discussion at 7pm. Where: Materials for the Arts (33-00 Northern Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Long Island City, Queens) Founded in 1978, Materials for the Arts, is New York’s largest […]

The Art of Burning Man (But Is It Art?)

This week, hundreds of artists from all over the world will begin assembling one of the largest and most dazzling group art shows in the United States, or anywhere. Approximately 50,000 people will view the show during its week-long run, making it proportionately even more popular attendance-wise than the recent Alexander McQueen hullabaloo at the […]

Review of Edward Hopper’s Approaching a City 1946

Call it a ragged fragment torn off from that unreal city once evoked by T S Eliot. This sad, claustrophobic urban scene by Edward Hopper, with its flat, rearing tenement blocks, its long, blank-faced, featureless wall (which occupies about 30 per cent of the painting), and its eerily dark and beckoning tunnel entrance, looks like […]

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. […]