| 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...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 2:22 PM
The awards season has run its course. It's always a relief to see it in the rearview mirror. Even the winners feel that way.
Many of the award-winners qualifying for very goodness and even greatness fed an ongoing debate about historical fiction on...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 7:18 AM
Kara Walker will be difficult. This gets whispered to you by enough people in the art world and you start to believe it: She's humorless!
Intimidating! David Mamet intimidating!
And this week, before the Thursday opening of “...
| May 26, 2013
Every now and then I make a list of nine things I've liked lately. Here's one for the approach to summer.
1. Lake Michigan
I love the lake in its lonelier seasons, too, but now, when the warmth comes back and the people come out, the lakefront reminds...
| May 17, 2013
| 10:19 AM
Sometime in the next few weeks, if you're walking down Fullerton Avenue around DePaul University and have 15 minutes to spare, duck into the tidy brick building alongside the CTA station. Here you will find the DePaul Art Museum, an institution so...
| Feb 4, 2013
Lately I've been having some excellent lunches downtown.
One day I had a fabulous repast of Poulenc and Prokofiev. Another time, I enjoyed several delicious servings of Georgia O'Keeffe. And on Friday, I chewed over some Heidegger.
I've been on a kick...
| May 23, 2013
Denise Scott Brown has worked side by side with her husband, architect Robert Venturi, since the early 1960s, joining his firm and marrying him in 1967 and becoming the firm's principal in charge of planning in 1969.
In 1991, Venturi won their...
| May 7, 2013
| 11:24 AM
For ages, mankind has been fascinated by rivers, not simply as natural resources and avenues of commercial conveyance, but also as symbols, metaphors and ideas. Countless artists, composers, writers and thinkers have pondered the significance of these...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 4:35 PM
EVANSTON, Ill. — Three new exhibitions and related educational programs at Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art this spring demonstrate the museum’s …...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 9:32 PM
Google knows something about the power in numbers, even in an art website. Google Art Project (www.googleartproject.com), which launched last year with virtual tours and digitized artworks from 17 museums, has added 134 new museums to its site,...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Christopher Knight reviews "The Young Leonardo: Art and Life in Fifteenth-Century Florence."...