| Dec 17, 2013
| 7:00 AM
If you like Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, you'll love the sculpture of Alexander Calder.
And vice versa.
As an artist Calder certainly wasn't in the business of illustrating difficult scientific postulates. (Born on the cusp of the...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Before Patti Smith, before Allen Ginsberg, before Thomas Wolfe, before O. Henry, the Chelsea Hotel was populated by 80 convivial families of various levels of wealth, brought together by an idealistic board partly inspired by a French philosopher so...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 5:05 AM
“Inside the Artists’ Studios: Small-Scale Views” will be at Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive in Greenwich, from Saturday, Dec. 14, until Sunday, March 9.
The show features imagined studios of famous artists created by four living artists,...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Wealthy collectors and famous international artists are descending on the Miami Beach convention center this week for the Art Basel show; but a young, largely unknown artist from Woodland Hills is kicking up some dust of his own nearby, in the city’...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Salvador Dali's fingerprints are visible throughout modern art forms — paintings, sculptures, cinema, fashion, interior design. One frontier rarely explored in interpreting the Catalan surrealist is in food. Where does one even start? How deep...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 12:39 PM
If you should wander into the Boone Art Gallery at Pasadena City College, you'll see a grouping of large paintings that, at first glance, could be the work of a child. So simple are the spare arrangements of different colored circles and ovals in the show...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 12:14 PM
In Wally Lamb's latest novel, “We Are Water,” outsider artist Annie Oh has left Orion Oh, her psychologist husband of 27 years, to marry a sophisticated, Manhattan-based art dealer named Viveca. On the way to the wedding — set in Lamb'...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 9:47 AM
In a lecture at Harvard in the early 1990s, the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo referred to Frank Gehry as a "noble savage."
The comment, partly a joke, perfectly summed up the conventional wisdom that had gathered around Gehry's work during the time...
| Oct 13, 2013
When J. Carter Brown joined the National Gallery of Art in 1961, he was six years older than the museum itself. Just eight years later, at age 34, he would be appointed its director. His accession may strike readers as meteoric, but after reading Neil...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:21 AM
In December 1934 the young American artist Harry Holtzman traveled to France and, uninvited, popped by the studio of Dutch abstract artist Piet Mondrian to introduce himself. Instead of sending him away, Mondrian talked to him, beginning a lifelong...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
The dead of summer is not my favorite time of year.
I live in Chicago, so hot days are an exciting rarity. It's freezing for about seven months out of the year, and then there are another two to three that are somehow not the climate you expect them to...