| Aug 7, 2013
| 11:59 AM
Was it really a performance-art event, or just a glorified plug for his new album?
Probably some of both. In July, hip-hop artist Jay Z took over New York's Pace Gallery for several hours to stage a marathon version of "Picasso Baby," a single from his...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 9:56 AM
Emily Graslie, the first chief curiosity correspondent at the Field Museum, has been furiously filing YouTube videos about precisely what goes on behind those grand doors. As Steve Johnson reported in the Tribune this week, the 24-year-old known for her...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Given his last name and the fact that he's a Los Angeles-based classical-music composer, Adam Schoenberg has been asked a certain question more times than he cares to remember: Is he related to the late, great 20th century composer Arnold Schoenberg?...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 7:30 AM
A New York art dealer has admitted her involvement in a 15-year scam that cost art buyers $80 million.
Glafira Rosales, 57, of Sands Point, appeared in a Manhattan court Monday and pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to sell more than 60 fake...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Forrest Bess had his first vision in 1915. He was 4 years old. He kept having them for the next 62 years, often when he closed his eyes to fall asleep at night.
In 1946, when he was 35, Bess began to transcribe his abstract visions into paint on canvas....
| Jun 6, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Late last month, the Detroit Free Press ran a major article on a problem that seems unthinkable: the likelihood of the precious artworks in the Detroit Institute of the Arts being sold to help pay the crippling debts of the City of Detroit.
"It is an...
| Nov 2, 2013
In John Logan's heralded play "Red," the brilliant, suffered-no-fools painter Mark Rothko doesn't have much patience for his new assistant, Ken.
"You have a lot to learn, young man," the artist says. "Philosophy. Theology. Literature. Poetry. Drama....
| Jul 5, 2013
| 5:00 AM
It's possible to pare down the gist of "Magna Carta Holy Grail," the 12th solo studio album from New York rapper/businessman/new dad Jay-Z, to three simple words uttered in a track called "Tom Ford."
"I'm so special," declares the rapper, 43, and anyone...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 1:31 PM
It's a common error, regularly made in a variety of publications (including this one): Billionaire Los Angeles art collector and philanthropist Eli Broad is said to be the biggest donor to the city's Museum of Contemporary Art.
He isn't. Not by a long...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Pop star Jay-Z will bring his art gallery what-is-it project "Picasso Baby" to television audiences with a new documentary airing on HBO starting Friday.
"Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film," debuting Friday at 11 p.m. on the premium cable channel,...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 12:03 PM
It's talky, contrived and a little creaky, but John Logan's "Red," the two-actor play on the boards at Everyman Theatre, is also remarkably absorbing, even uplifting. Who knew art history could be so much fun?
Sorry, that sounds flip. And "Red" is...