| Jan 27, 2014
| 10:00 PM
My sister in Denver urged me to exchange an adventurous day in the Rockies for a trip downtown, to the Clyfford Still Museum, and I will be forever grateful. Still was one of the most highly regarded American abstract expressionists of the 20th century,...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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'...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 10:45 AM
In a sign the economy is getting better for the world's wealthiest people, Christie's auction house said 2013 was a record year for art sales.
The London-based company said it sold $7.1 billion worth of art, jewelry and wine last year, a 16% increase...
| 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...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 12:48 PM
"Bakersfield Mist," the play by Stephen Sachs that was a recent sleeper hit at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, will be making the transatlantic journey to London's West End when it opens at the Duchess Theatre this spring with a cast that includes...
| 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 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...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Jim Gimzewski grabs a silicon wafer with a pair of tweezers and raises it to the light, thinking about Jackson Pollock, snowflakes and Tibetan mandalas.
No bigger than a quarter, the wafer looks like a small circuit board with a dozen or so electrodes...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 10:30 AM
The rich coal deposits at Bergwerk Prosper-Haniel mines in Germany’s Ruhr Valley are what lurk beneath the industrial towers shown in many of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s classic Minimalist photographs from the late 1960s and '70s. For his most...