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A Point of View: Anyone for art?

      Isn’t it time to democratise art? We, the public, should be allowed to borrow works of art from our national collections, argues Tom Shakespeare. I made my best academic choice more than 30 years ago, when I opted to study Art History for A-levels. At the time, several people tried to discourage… Continue reading

The Degas Debate: Analyzing the Controversial Plasters

  Are 74 plasters ‘discovered’ in a foundry storeroom ‘original’ works by Degas? A Degas scholar analyzes the sculptures, outlines the controversy, and considers competing meanings of ‘original’ The only sculpture Degas ever exhibited was the Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1878–81. Made of wax, with real hair, the figure wears a cotton faille bodice, multilayered… Continue reading

‘You Become Better with Age’

  Artists who are going strong at 80 and up find that old age offers freedom, self-assurance, and room to explore.   Betye Saar with her birdcage sculpture The Destiny of Latitude & Longitude, 2010. JACOB WHEELER/COURTESY MICHAEL ROSENFELD GALLERY LLC, NEW YORK At what age do people hit their stride professionally? Categorically speaking, athletes,… Continue reading

John Lennon artwork goes on display in Century City

"Honeymoon" is a line drawing of Yoko Ono and John Lennon by John Lennon. The Beatles were getting very near the end when John Lennon, in league with his wife, Yoko Ono, turned his attention to climbing another creative ladder — this time as a visual artist. Early in 1970, he made his gallery debut… Continue reading

A Billion-Dollar Gift Gives the Met a New Perspective (Cubist)

In one of the most significant gifts in the history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the philanthropist and cosmetics tycoon Leonard A. Lauder has promised the institution his collection of 78 Cubist paintings, drawings and sculptures. Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection; 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. "Woman in an… Continue reading

America, the Great Colossal Collage: Saul Steinberg’s Forgotten Masterpiece

  The spectacular, panoramic, pasted-paper mural that Saul Steinberg created for the American Pavilion of the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair is reassembled for the first time at the Ludwig Museum   In 1957 Saul Steinberg, the Romanian-born artist and illustrator who emigrated to the United States during World War II, was asked to make a… Continue reading

Love Potions: Art and the Heart

Despite an overall reluctance among contemporary artists to deal with issues of the heart, more than a few tell great stories of romance and heartbreak. Yinka Shonibare, The Swing (after Fragonard), 2001, appears in the exhibition “The Progress of Love,” examining how different cultures experience and express love.©2012 YINKA SHONIBARE/COURTESY THE ARTIST AND TATE COLLECTION,… Continue reading

Doyen of American critics turns his back on the ‘nasty, stupid’ world of modern art

  Dave Hickey condemns world he says has become calcified by too much money, celebrity and self-reverence.   Dave Hickey says he is quitting the art world. Photograph: Nasher Museum Of Art    One of America’s foremost art critics has launched a fierce attack on the contemporary art world, saying anyone who has “read… Continue reading

The Shifting Styles of Manet’s People

LONDON — Édouard Manet, a mainstream Impressionist? It will be a lot harder to see him as such after viewing the exhibition “Manet: Portraying Life,” which opened Saturday at the Royal Academy of Arts. Manet painted ''Boy Blowing Bubbles'' in 1867. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon One wonders how such a characterization could have remained since… Continue reading