How Georgia O’Keeffe Changed American Art

Georgia O’Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was an American artist. Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Georgia O’Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916, several decades after women had gained access to art training in America’s colleges and universities, and before any of its women artists were […]

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?

Jackson Pollock drank. He drank as a gut-punched boxer gasps for breath, as a starving dog gobbles food, compulsively, in fear and trembling. I use the past tense not because he ever quit drinking, but because he quit living. That is how the story ends for Jackson Pollock, heart bursting, body cooling and forsaken in […]

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 the checkerboard field that flows out toward an infinite horizon. The turned face of […]

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 […]