| Oct 5, 2013
Henry Walters and J.P. Morgan were frenemies.
Both were the sons of powerful fathers. They didn't come into their own until they reached middle age, when they were widely acknowledged as two of the premier financiers of the Gilded Age. Both displayed an...
| 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 13, 2013
It feels ungrateful, not to mention anachronistic, to yearn for a fat realist novel when there are so many mesmerizing genre hybrids out there. Moreover, in our current end-times publishing climate, an 800-page bildungsroman narrated, David Copperfield-...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 10:08 AM
"The Monuments Men," the latest movie directed by and starring George Clooney, takes a plunge into the world of art history during World War II.
As Hitler's forces plunder and destroy Europe's cultural heritage, a band of Allied art experts is...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 12:22 PM
The Metropolitan Opera has sent a statement in response to an online petition criticizing the New York company for its upcoming production of Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin."
Organizers of the petition object to the Met's employment of two key creative...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 7:12 AM
Wal-Mart reports on its corporate website that it receives more than 245 million customers and members per week at its stores in countries around the world.
This week, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which was founded by Wal-Mart heiress...
| Aug 18, 2013
In June, FBI agents raided the offices of Democratic state Sen. Ron Calderon of Montebello and the Latino Legislative Caucus, and word was soon out that they were interested in Calderon's ties to the Central Basin Municipal Water District —...
| Aug 23, 2013
Two landscape paintings hang side by side in the New Britain Museum of American Art. One is Frederic Edwin Church's "West Rock, New Haven," his peaceful, pastoral 1849 view of a famed Connecticut landmark. A few farmers are seen haying a field, and in the...
| Sep 1, 2013
This is the year of punk. Vogue magazine decreed it to be so, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute chimed in with its "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibition this spring.
When Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie and others turned...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:15 AM
The only daughter of eminent French artist Henri Matisse lived a long, eventful life. That is not what some might have predicted for Marguerite Matisse, who is the subject of an intimate, intriguing new exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
| Oct 18, 2013
As she removes her handmade paper Slinky from a bag, Susan Joy Share recites a list of book-inspired artworks she has made at her Anchorage, Alaska studio: handcrafted feather dusters, zippered rulers, court jester masks studded with beads and felt, and a...