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Art Review: 8 October 2018
Impressionists in London

Patricia Boccadoro on the French painters and sculptors who fled the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune.

Art Review: 22 June 2018
Corot, The Painter and his Models

Best loved for his exquisite landscapes peopled by gods and goddesses, or nymphs and satyrs, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot also painted secret experimental portraits.

Art Review: 1 May 2018
Listening to the Photographs of Ralph Gibson
Fine art photography critic Alan Behr on the Ralph Gibson show in Paris.

Art Review: 24 April 2018
Kupka - Pioneer of Abstraction
Patricia Boccadoro reviews the Paris retrospective of the Czech painter, Frantisek Kupka (1871 - 1957).

Exhibition: 23 April 2018
New York

Harlem Perspectives on View at Faction Art Projects
Renee Cox uses her own body, both nude and clothed to celebrate black womanhood and criticize a society she often views as racist and sexist, and with works such as ‘The Signing’ seeks to re-contextualize American History,

Art Market: 11 October 2016
28th Biennale des Antiquaires

Patricia Boccadoro homes in on the 2016 Paris Biennale des Antiquaires and takes a shot at the Americans for not showing up.

Comment: 1 October 2016
New York
Cattelan's 'America' at the Guggenheim

How do you make a man known for his gold-plated bathroom fixtures feel like a low-rent wannabe? Maurizio Cattelan's 'America' sets the gold standard for bathrooms and, if the long lines are any indication, it's gonna be "huge".

Art Market: 17 June 2016
Basel, Switzerland
Photo Basel 2016

Contemporary Cuban photography is among the highlights at the second edition of Art Basel's satellite fair devoted to fine art photography.

Vernissage: 17 May 2016
Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art

Five exhibitions and a series of related programs feature a broad spectrum of the arts from across the African continent.

Exhibition Review: 11 May 2016
Review: Budapest Masterpieces

Renovations to Budapest's Museum of Fine Arts occasion the traveling exhibition of works rarely (if ever) seen outside of Hungary. Patricia Boccadoro comments on the once in a lifetime opportunity to see the masterworks at the Musée de Luxembourg.

Exhibition Review: 15 April 2016
Carambolages Crashes and Burns
A curiously curated and chaotic mishmash of minor works of art is not what visitors to the Grand Palais need, want or, apparently, find compelling.

Vernissage: 12 April 2016
Transhumance: Beyond Cuban Horizons
Eleven guest artists reveal the historic specificities of Cuban society, culture and migration.

News: 1 March 2016
New York
MoMA Launches Free Online Photography Course to Combat Visual Illiteracy
Although taking, sharing, and viewing photographs has become second nature for many of us, our regular engagement with images does not necessarily make us visually literate.

Exhibition Review: 15 January 2016
Marc Chagall - The Triumph of Music

Artworks, concerts, and audiovisual elements - developed by the Institut Culturel Google in Paris - document Chagall's passion for music.

Exhibition Review: 21 November 2015
Fragonard in Love

Fragonard’s works encompass every conceivable form of love and libertinage, from chivalric courtly love, romantic love, passion, seduction as well as to  libidinous acts and possibly rape.

Exhibition; 10 November 2015
East Lansing, Michigan, USA
On View: Material Effects From West Africa
In Material Effects the artists explore the relationship between people and things as it relates to global commodity markets, individual and collective identities, and contemporary sociopolitical realities.

News: 30 August 2015

New Discoveries at the Necropolis of Porta Nola, Pompeii
The study of the necropolis permits the study of the physical characteristics of the inhabitants of Pompeii, as well as their diet, way of life and funerary practices.

News: 27 August 2015
Washington, DC
Massacres, torture and mutilation: Extreme violence in Prehistoric Central European conflicts
The Early Neolithic massacre-related mass grave of Schöneck-Kilianstädten suggests that prehistoric warfare in Central Europe was more brutal than known thus far.

Art Market: 12 August 2015
Hong Kong
Art and Furniture From the French Royal Family to be Auctioned in Hong Kong

The art and lavish royal artifacts will no doubt intrigue and attract museum curators and collectors alike.

Art Market: 7 August 2015
New York
Maya Angelou's Art Auction
Few people were aware of the late American poet's close relationship with visual artists.

News: 7 July 2015
New York
The Studio Museum in Harlem Announces New Building Project Designed by David Adjaye
Taking its architectural cues from the brownstones, churches and sidewalks of Harlem, David Adjaye’s conceptual design envisions a sculptural facade that contrasts strongly with the surrounding commercial buildings.

Exhibition Review: 22 June 2015
The Rome of Vice and Poverty

European artists depitct the poetic, vulgar and violent universe of slums, nightlife, the Carnival and its licentiousness in Seicento Rome Rome.

News: 9 June 2015
French Convent Yields Funeral Practices of 17th Century Elites

Lead coffins, hearts and the well-preserved corpse of a lady provide rare evidence for the funerary practices of elites during the 17th century.

Exhibition Review: 28 May 2015
Velazquez at the Grand Palais

This show features half of the world's surviving works by Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599 - 1660), official court painter to the Spanish King Philip IV (1606 - 1665) and considered one of the greatest painters to have ever lived.

Exhibition Review: 29 April 2015
Retro Avant-Garde: Florence Henri at the Jeu de Paume
Critic Alan Behr assesses Henri's place in the history of photography, and the ways in which both technique and technology were material to her oeuvre.

Exhibition Review: 9 April 2015
Pierre Bonnard Paints Arcadia at the Musee d'Orsay

Disliking all forms of pomposity, Bonnard became interested in intimate themes and his interiors tend to depict sentimental or psychological situations such as loneliness, tenderness or simply the breakdown of communication.

Art Market: 17 March 2015
Helvoirt, Netherlands
Global Art Sales in 2014 Break All Records

The global art market was dominated by the three major art markets of the US (39%), China (22%) and the UK (22%) in 2014.

News: 9 March 2015
New York
MoMA Acquires William Pope L.'s 'The Black Factory'

American artist William Pope.L addresses contemporary issues such as class, consumerism, and culturally embedded racism with dark humor and biting critique.

Exhibition Review: 9 February 2015
The Borgias and Their Times
Under the reign of the Borgias, Rome would supplant Florence, and become the most important artistic centre of the 16th century.

News: 26 January 2015
New York
Bronx and Havana Art Museums Announce Joint Arts Programme
The most extensive visual arts exchange between the United States and Cuba in more than 50 years.

Exhibition Review: 2 December 2014
New York
Jeff Koons Retrospective: So Simple Even An Artist Can Do It
Alan Behr comments on the recent Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York.

Art Market Feature: 1 July 2014
Hong Kong
How to Succeed in Art without Really Painting
Alan Behr on Art Basel Hong Kong and Don Thompson's new book, The Supermodel and the Brillo Box: Back Stories and Peculiar Economics from the World of Contemporary Art.

Exhibition Review: 2 May 2014
New York
Marville of Paris

Alan Behr in New York on the photography of Parisian-born Charles-François Bossu (a last name that means hunchback in French) who adopted the pseudonym Marville when he began his career as an illustrator in the 1830s.

Art Market: 26 March 2014

Spanish Duke's Sculpted Horses Sold to Private Collector at Maastricht
The Spanish artist’s representation of four native breeds of Spanish horse, shown kicking, rearing and pacing, can be interpreted, as a response to the threat of the French invasion.

News: 22 March 2014
Archaeologists Find Oldest Metastatic Cancer in Human Skeleton

This is the earliest complete example in the world of a human who suffered metastatic cancer found to date.

Exhibition News: 26 February 2014
Fouquet Masterpiece on View at the Prado

With her unreal white skin, almost no eyebrows and a very high hairline, Fouquet's Virgin Mary embodies the ideal of beauty in the Early French Renaissance.

News: 14 February 2014
What Did Ancient Phoenicians Look Like?

Phoenician man of Carthage returns to land of ancestors through American University of Beirut museum exhibit.

Exhibition Review: 22 January 2014
New York
Mrs. Castelli Gets Her Due

Alan Behr on 'Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New' at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Comment: 10 January 2014
Last Chance! The Nude Man in Art
This travelling exhibition was a controversial blockbuster in Vienna, but the Paris showing hardly raised an eyebrow.

Exhibition: 8 January 2014
Leonaert Bramer: Drawings from the Spanish Underworld

Sold as one-off originals to connoisseurs and aficionados, Bramer's illustrations of beggars, adulterers and rogues were the first examples of the graphic novel.

Art Market: 19 December 2013
Miami, Florida
Insta-Gratification for Photographers, Fine and Otherwise
With a daily cash prize, the new Instagram-based galleries (virtual and physical) offer additional avenues for 15-minute fame.

News: 12 December 2013
Los Angeles
A Single Check Casts a Harsh Light on French Law
America's Annenberg Foundation restores sacred relics to Native American tribes and in the process tweaks Gallic nose.

News: 6 December 2013
Okwui Enwezor to Curate Visual Arts for the 56th Venice Biennale

After the Documenta in Kassel, Germany and major international exhibitions in Paris, Seville and Johannesburg, the globe-trotting Nigerian poet, critic, and independant curator takes on the monumental Venice Biennale.

News: 2 November 2013
Dallas, Texas
Dallas Museum Displays Contents of Etruscan Tomb

Never previously displayed or loaned, the objects were discovered together in the summer of 1926 in a grave at the ancient Etruscan city of Spina.

Exhibition Review: 30 October 2013
Georges Braque at the Grand Palais
Henri Matisse and a French art critic both dismissed Braques as "a painter of cubes".

Art Market: 12 October 2013
Hong Kong

Ming Gilt-Bronze Buddha sells for $30.3 Million
Sold in Hong Kong to Mr. Zheng Huaxing, the seated Shakyamuni Buddha is to be returned to China.

Exhibition Review: 23 September 2013
Rouen, France

Dazzling Reflections Seen in Rouen
Art review of the major highlight of France's Impressionist Normandy Festival.

Comment: 21 August 2013
Maurizio Cattelan's Toilet Paper (Unused)

Nobody is safe from Cattelan's brand of diabolical merry pranks.

Exhibition Review: 18 July 2013
New York
Britain's Bill Brandt at MoMA

Alan Behr in New York takes a close look at the major British figure in photography’s modernist traditions.

News: 26 June 2013
Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Justice Seizes Picasso Worth $11.5 Million

The restraining order was obtained in response to an official request by the Italian government in connection with criminal investigation and prosecution of Gabriella Amati.

Book Tip: 22 June 2013
Los Angeles

John Updike:
Always Looking: Essays on Art

Edouard Vuillard, Max Beckmann and the collecting taste of Stephen and Sterling Clark are among the subjects observed by the late American novelist.

Art Market: 9 June 2013

Basquiat's Crown Hotel Sells for 5.7/ $7.4m in Paris
Drawn from The Collection of the Comtesse Viviane de Witt, the Sotheby's Paris sale has set a new record for the American artist in France.

Book Tip: 17 May 2013
Los Angeles
BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

A frequent corporate sponsor of leading art fairs, BMW's new art guide focuses exclusively on the identity and acquisitions of wealthy art collectors, who-with-whom, how much, where and why?

Art Market: 16 May 2013
Los Angeles
8th WestLicht Photography Auction

In addition to over 200 photographs, including numerous vintage prints and rarities, a Leica IIIa will go under the hammer at the 8th WestLicht Photo Auction in Vienna. Also, notes from Paris Photo Los Angeles.

Book Review: 1 May 2013
Gustav Klimt: The Complete Paintings

Patricia Boccadoro on Tobias G. Natter's mammoth new monograph of Austrian art star Gustav Klimt whose voluptuous naked women caused scandal and controversy in turn-of-the-century Vienna.

Exhibition Review: 28 April 2013
New York
Hearst Photography Competition: 8 x 10 by 18

Alan Behr in New York on the next generation of media photographers aged 18 to 35. 

Books: 11 April 2013
New York
ANTICO: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes
The Mantuan sculptor and goldsmith Antico's bronzes are currently so rare that the 40 works on view constitute over three fourths of the sculptor's extant oeuvre.

Art Market: 5 April 2013
New York Buys VIP Art

A leading online marketplace for contemporary art has acquired a New York-based online platform that connects sophisticated collectors to high-end dealers.

Exhibition: 29 March 2013
Insomnia, The New Muse of Film

A new exhibition at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona seeks to name and thus invoke the tenth elusive divinity.

Exhibition: 19 March 2013
Basel, Switzerland
Last Chance ! Songs for a Mad King
Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc’s controversial exhibition at the Kunsthalle in Basel pays homage to the neglected music and provocative personality of the American musician, singer, and composer Julius Eastman (1940 – 1990).

Art Market: 1 March 2013
French Art Deco Furniture Collection of the Duchess of Alba to be Auctioned at Christie's

Part of a private commission, these pieces are amongst the most legendary creations produced by the French Art Deco cabinet maker, Armand Albert Rateau.

News: 3 February 2013
Fendi To Restore Rome's Trevi Fountain

Fendi has agreed to cover the costs of the restoration intervention on the Trevi Fountain in the amount of over 2 million Euros.

Exhibition Review: 22 January 2012
Bohemians Roam the Right Bank

"From the moment one enters, one is swept into the colourful world of the Bohemians, the gypsies whose existence in Western Europe dates back to the 14th century", writes Patricia Boccadoro in Paris.

News: 30 December 2012
Murdererd Pharaoh's Throat Was Cut

The discovery of papyrus trial documents show conspirators murdered Egyptian king Ramesses III by cutting his throat.

Exhibition eview: 4 December 2012
Edward Hopper at the Grand Palais

Despite their enormous popularity and apparent accessibility, Hopper’s paintings are among the most complex phenomena within 20th-century art in the opinion of the Paris exhibition’s two curators, Tomàs Llorens and Didier Ottinger.

News: 3 December 2012
Dallas, Texas
Dallas Museum Returns Looted Mosaic To Turkey

Conclusive photographic evidence provided by Turkey documented the looting of the mosaic, proving the work had been stolen.

Art Market: 22 October 2012
New York
Show Me The Art - I Mean The Money
Alan Behr comments on the lawsuit between photographer William Eggleston and the New York financier collector Jonathan Sobel.

Exhibition Review: 11 September 2012
The Seductions of the Palate

Chinese cooking and table traditions on view in Paris include braised dog smothered in turtle's blood and braised bear paw ‘matured’ for a year or two prior to being cooked, and left to go rancid for another two before being consumed. Bon appétit! 

Comment: 9 September 2012
Denver, Colorado
El Anatsui Retrospective Opens in Denver, Colorado

Anatsui, who was born in Ghana and lives and creates in Nigeria, has mined Africa's history and culture to carve, mold and weave forms that captivate viewers around the world. "I think of myself as an artist," Anatsui said in an interview with Agence-France-Presse. "And I'm an African."

News: 14 August 2012
New York
Post-Olympic Games Show Stirs Debate

What happens to an Olympic village when the crowds go home and the media lights go out?

News: 30 June 2012
Williamstown, Massachusetts
 MacArthur Fellow to Speak on Digging The Ancient Maya

The American archaeologist shares his personal experience of what it's been like to explore, map, and excavate the great cities of classic Maya civilization for the last 30 years.

News: 15 May 2012
St. Petersburg, Florida
Florida Museum Acquires Major Boxing Picture

Acquired for an undisclosed purchase price, the American painting conveys the drama surrounding the great Joe Louis’s last championship match in 1948.

Exhibition Review: 10 April 2012
New York
Can't Take My Eyes off Me: Cindy Sherman at Moma
Alan Behr on the Cindy Sherman retrospective in New York and the trend of staged photography in contemporary art.

Book Review: 29 February 2012
New York
Harlem: A Century in Images

Given the sheer physical size, architectural diversity and cultural significance of Harlem, small wonder the real estate of this legendary community is among the most coveted in New York.

Exhibition Review: 17 February 2012
Cézanne and Paris
Last chance to see whether this show of 80 paintings, drawings and watercolours makes a credible case for a relationship between Cézanne and the French capital.

Exhibition Review: 13 January 2012
Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan

Andrew Jack on London's blockbuster show of the deepling alluring but often puzzling masterpieces by the Italian scientific visionary and artistic genius.

Exhibition Review: 23 December 2011
New York
Cecil Beaton: The Artful Dodger Takes Manhattan

Alan Behr takes a closer look at the Cecil Beaton exhibition in New York and its companion book Cecil Beaton: The New York Years.

Exhibition Review: 16 December 2011
The Steins: Patrons of the Parisian Avant-Garde

How an American expatriate family's early patronage of Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso and other artists of their day disseminated a new standard of taste for modern art.

News: 2 November 2011
100,000-Year-Old Artist Workshop Found in South Africa

Painting remains discovered at Blombos Cave in South Africa document how prehistoric men made their pigments.

Art Market: 27 October 2011
San Francisco
San Francisco Antiques Show Presents Treasure Tales - A Lecture Series

Among the guest lecturers Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsburg discusses princely treasures from Kunstkammern, and former FBI Agent Robert Wittman shares tales of art heists and masterpieces that remain hidden.

Exhibition Review: 30 August 2011
Jan Fabre: The Years of The Hour Blue

Known for his provocative theatre and dance works, where nakedness, crude sex and violence have become his trademarks, the Belgian Jan Fabre is also a sculptor, designer and illustrator whose creations have been shown in Venice, Berlin, Budapest and Sao Paulo.

Exhibition Review: 16 July 2011
New York
Yasmina Chatila: Egypt Spring...on Manhattan's Upper East Side
Americans needn't travel to Cairo for an Egyptian revolution. They can witness one, in of all places, New York's Upper East Side. 

Book Review: 5 July 2011
New York
Street Photography Now

Photography critic Alan Behr reviews a new book devoted to 46 photographers and their pictures of street life in Shanghai, Tokyo, Mumbai, New York, Istanbul, Dakar, Britain and Eastern Europe.

News: 26 June 2011
Suicide Installation Opens in Prague

Hundreds of people have jumped to their deaths from Nusle Bridge in Prague.

Art Market: 10 May 2011
Basel, Switzerland
Galerie Beyeler Closes: Holdings to be Auctioned in London

The sale of the Estate of Ernst Beyeler, the late Swiss art connoisseur and dealer will include art works Ernst and his wife Hildy lived with at their private home as well as significant paintings and sculptures from the Galerie Beyeler in Basel.

Exhibition Review: 28 April 2011
Manet, the Man who Invented Modernity

Patricia Boccadoro on the Manet exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

Seen: 15 April 2011
Cologne, Germany
People Tell Me I'm White and I Believe Them Auf Deutsch

While the American television comic Stephen Colbert's satirically inverted logic provokes young artists in Europe, the Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates investigates blackness in Latin America in a new PBS series.

Theatre Review: 28 March 2011
Houston, Texas

A Weekend With Pablo Picasso
Herbert Siguenza, the 30-year theatre veteran  who pioneered the use of sketch comedy to illuminate the complex ethnic relationships of America’s cities, presents his vision of Pablo Picasso.

Seen: 27 March 2011
New York

Romare Bearden: Collage
Centennial Solo show of American artist Roman Bearden’s work focuses exclusively on collage.

Exhibition Review: 26 January 2011
Felix Nussbaum: Osnabrück 1904 - Auschwitz 1944

A review of the Paris retrospective of the work of the  German Jewish painter, Felix Naussbaum whose paintings  illustrate the European Jew's anxiety and fear of the Nazi terror and potential menace of extermination.

Book Reviews: 14 January 2011
New York
Noteworthy for the New Year

In which our Alan Behr shares his thoughts on three large format books with three different approaches to modern photography.

Seen: 4 January 2011
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art

According to a new exhibition, many cultural actors in Cuba continue to denounce the persistence of racial discrimination in Cuban socialist society.

News: 31 December 2010
Jacqueline de Romilly: 1913 - 2010

The French scholar and member of the Académie Française was a specialist on ancient Greece and especially on Thucydides and Pericles’ Classical Athens.

Television Review: 12 December 2010
Paris, the Luminous Years

Perry Miller Adato's new documentary for PBS spotlights the art world’s first international avant-garde.

Art Market: 29 November 2010
F.I.A.C. 2010

"Twenty-four countries and 195 art galleries were showing works which went from the absurd to the widely extravagant," writes Patricia Boccadoro from the annual art market show devoted to modern and contemporary art in Paris.

Exhibition Review: 10 November 2010
Murakami or Much Ado About Nothing at Versailles

Patricia Boccadoro weighs in on the controversial display of Japanese neo pop artist Takashi Murakami's monumental sculptures and brightly colored paintings in some fifteen rooms of the Palace of Versailles.

Exhibition Review: 5 November 2010
New York
Lee Friedlander at the Whitney

Alan Behr in New York on Lee Friedlander's new photo series of America's eccentricities and obsessions as seen from the driver’s seat.

Reader Comment: 2 November 2010
New York
Bruegel's "Wine of St. Martin" in the Prado

Dr. Martin W. Walsh at the University of Michigan responds to Culturekiosque coverage of the Prado Musuem's recent discovery of an unknown painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

Exhibition: 23 October 2010
Naples, Italy
Kiluanji Kia Henda: Self-portrait as a White Man

As this new show by the Angolan photographer Kiluanji Kia Henda at the Galleria Fonti makes clear, there is more to Naples than Pompeii's erotic frescoes and tales of the Camorra mafia.

Comment: 7 October 2010
Santiago, Chile
Dislocacion, The Structure of Globalization
"What sort of product or narrative can be generated in Chile, where territorial displacement, delocalization, disarticulation, exile and migration are both historical and current themes?', asks artist and curator Ingrid Wildi Merino whose itinerant group exhibition is now on view in art venues throughout Santiago. 

News: 28 September 2010
Prado Museum Reveals Unknown Painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Following Bruegel's early death in 1569, the already celebrated artist's small output was obsessively pursued by collectors.

Exhibition Review: 28 August 2010
Basel, Switzerland
A Bright Light En Bref: Basquiat at the Fondation Beyeler

Is the short, hot career and early death of Jean-Michel Basquiat the cause of his celebrity, or is it a diversion making the assessment of his work cliché-driven and shallow? The Fondation Beyeler wades into the debate.

Art Market: 27 August 2010
New York
Online VIP Art Fair To Launch in January 2011

Will major collectors and dealers prefer virtual booths to private jets and extravagant parties in Basel, London and Miami Beach?

News: 20 August 2010
Cairo Museum of Islamic Art Re-opens After $10-Million Restoration

The twenty-five galleries of the 1903 building in central Cairo comprise the world’s largest Museum of Islamic Art.

News: 18 August 2010
Treasures of Kazakhstan to Go on View at Christie’s

Christie’s presents a special loan exhibition, Treasures of Kazakhstan – Exhibition of Kazakh and Russian Art from the Kasteev Museum and a Distinguished Kazakh Private Collection at its headquarters in London.

Exhibition Review: 14 July 2010
Paul Klee: In the Eye of the Collector

This exceptional exhibition, on view at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, invites one to discover Klee’s last paintings through the eye of the late Swiss collector, Ernst Beyeler.

Seen: 8 July 2010
Maleonn (Ma Liang): Second-hand Tang Poem

Shanghai-based photographer Maleonn's highly choreographed scenes blend traditional Chinese mythology and contemporary life.

Exhibition Review: 7 June 2010
New York
Cartier-Bresson and the Decisive Moment

Iconic images of prostitutes in Mexico City, war-ravaged Europeans, revolution in China, wrestlers in Mongolia and the beautiful and famous document the evolution of one of the most celebrated photographers of all time.

Exhibition Review: 23 May 2010
Last Chance in Paris! Turner and the Masters

Born into a working-class family, William Turner pursued relentlessly his ambition to be a great artist by challenging old masters and contemporaries whom he considered rivals to his own fame. Sound familiar?

Book Review: 7 May 2010
New York
Ripple Effect: Leo Castelli and the Birth of the Contemporary Art Market

In her new biography Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli, Annie Cohen-Solal recounts how an unlikely, gadabout immigrant should be both credited and blamed for the crackling paso doble being danced by Art and Commerce.

Interview / Review: 29 April 2010

Restoring the Malice to Wonderland: Trevor Brown at the Bunkamura Gallery
More devious than deviant, the notorious paintings of Trevor Brown turn the already topsy-turvy world of Alice in Wonderland on its ear, restoring the shock value to a tale that has become Disney-fied and de-sexed.

Exhibition Review: 12 April 2010
New York

And Now a Word from our Sponsors: Skin Fruit at the New Museum
In a somewhat questionable confluence (if not actual conflict) of interests, the New Museum presents an exhibition of works owned by a trustee, and curated by one of the artists being featured – Jeff Koons, not surprisingly.

Book Review: 25 March 2010
New York

The Bauhaus Group: Six Masters of Modernism
The sleek, cool aesthetic we associate with the Bauhaus group sprang from a surprisingly passionate, troubled and messy group of artists and visionaries. Alan Behr reviews the new book that traces that particularly unique nexus of art, design, politics and romance.

Exhibition Review: 8 March 2010
"Servicemen and Women…" at London’s Saatchi Gallery

In her somber take on cartes de visite, Emily Prince brings the cost of war into tangible, graphic focus.

News: 6 March 2010
Ernst Beyeler: 1921 - 2010

One of the world's most distinguished art dealers of modern art, Ernst Beyeler, dies at age 88.

Seen: 24 February 2010
Cultural Memory in Modern Turkish Art Explored at Istanbul Modern

An intriguing show in Istanbul explores how Turkish artists employ history in their construction of modernism.

News: 24 February 2010
Oxford, England
New Excavations in India Reveal Ancient Life
'Pompeii-like excavations' found beneath ancient volcanic ash.

Art Market: 4 February 2010

Giacometti Bronze Breaks Art Auction Record
Giacometti, Klimt and Cézanne headlined a record-breaking sale of works totaling £146,828,350 / $235,659,502 / 167,575,324 - making it the highest value sale ever staged in London.

Exhibition Review: 27 January 2010
New York

Burton and Bauhaus at MoMA
Two concurrent exhibitions – one showcasing macabre exuberance, the other, cool restraint – occupy one museum, but two different planets.

News: 26 January 2010
Mexico City

1000-Year-Old Monument with Image of Mayan Ruler Found
"At his feet, lying on his back on the bench, lies another, smaller person with his torso opened as a sign of sacrifice or of being overthrown," the archaeologist said.

Exhibition Review: 15 January 2010
Basel, Switzerland

Text and Context: Jenny Holzer at the Beyeler
The Beyeler Foundation presents a thought-provoking exhibition of the text-based works of Jenny Holzer, but are the message and the media at cross purposes?

Conment: 14 January 2010
Frye-Ku Folio: 8

Canadian humorist and illustrator Arcangelo Frye offers up pages from his folio of Haiku for the age of Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Number 8 in the series of modern-day Haiku is devoted to the artistic legacy of Michael Jackson.

Art Market: 14 January 2010

Matisse and Van Dongen Highlight Christie's Auction of Impressionist and Modern Art
The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale and the auction of The Art of the Surreal have a pre-sale estimate of £56,505,000 to £80,805,000.

News: 2 January 2010
Charlotte, North Carolina
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Opens in Charlotte, North Carolina

Designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta, the new Bechtler Museum is the only museum dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art in the southeastern United States.

Exhibition Review: 30 December 2009
New York
America in Black and White: The Americans Revisited

Robert Frank’s startling and masterful 1958 book of photographs, The Americans, is given a worthy and worthwhile retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Travel Journal: 14 December 2009
Strange Bedfellows at Vienna Design Week

The uneasy intersection of Tradition and Modernity is made all the moreso in a city so invested in its imperial past. Alan Behr recounts the good, the bad and the bewildering witnessed during this year’s event

Exhibition Review: 14 December 2009
St. Petersburg on the Amstel: Hermitage Amsterdam Opens in Grand Style

Peter Kupfer on the blockbuster inaugural show At the Russian Court: Palace and Protocol in the 19th Century, on view at the newly-opened Amsterdam branch of Russia's Hermitage Museum.

Art Market: 23 October 2009

Bust of Roman Emperor Caracalla - 'Common Enemy of Mankind' -
To Sell in London

A bust of Caracalla, the notorious Roman Emperor who reigned from 211-217 and is remembered as one of the worst and cruellest rulers in the history of the Empire, will be auctioned at Bonhams Antiquities sale on 28 October 2009.

Exhibition Review: 28 September 2009
Basel, Switzerland

Giacometti in Basel: Too Rich, Not Thin Enough
Ironic, yes, but the Alberto Giacometti exhibition currently presented by the Beyeler Foundation in Basel might have benefitted from being thinned out a little.

News: 29 August 2009
Washington, DC

Warhol Portrait of Edward Kennedy on View at National Portrait Gallery
Augmented with the hues of the American Flag and the dust of diamonds, the 1980 portrait comes out of storage as the battle for Kennedy’s "life work" continues unabated.

Exhibition Review: 3 July 2009

Kréyol Factory: Rites and Passage
In a huge multidisciplinary show in Paris, Caribbean artists explore creole identities.

Book Review: 1 July 2009 
New York

Made in Cassina
The superstar Italian furniture manufacturer is profiled in a handsome volume, but something is lost in translation. C. Davis Remignanti offers his review.

Seen: 25 June 2009

Virtually Miraculous: Attending The Wedding At Cana
Filmmaker Peter Greenaway’s installation explores the Veronese masterpiece from inside the painting itself.

Exhibition Review: 18 June 2009
New York
Doubled Delight: Gustave Caillebotte at the Brooklyn Museum

Despite his iconic La Place de l'Europe, temps de pluie, Gustave Caillebotte may be the best of the least-known Impressionists. An exhibition currently at the Brooklyn Museum provides an opportunity to get familiar with both the artist and the institution.

Exhibition Review: 5 June 2009
Berkeley, California
The Nexus of Art and Social Documentary: The Photographs of Sebastião Salgado
With his uncanny ability to capture sculptural forms and painterly composition, Salgado quashes the common perception of photography as a second-tier art form, without diluting its power to inform and inspire.

Exhibition Review: 21 May 2009

All Too Human: The Sacred and the Profane in the Works of Filipo and Filippino Lippi
Paris' Luxembourg Museum presents works of sublime beauty and transcendant piety, wrought by artists with the hands of masters and feet of clay. Patricia Boccadoro comments.

Art Market / Book Review: 13 May 2009
New York
Swimming Among the Sharks: The Art of Profiting off Contemporary Art
While there is undeniably big money to be made in the contemporary art market, it is rarely made by those who buy the works. Don Thompson's new book explores the labyrinthine and perilous path of art as investment.

Art Market: 20 April 2009
Seoul, Korea

Market Makers: Korean Eye: Moon Generation
Standard Chartered First Bank has teamed up with Phillips de Pury & Company’s auctioneers and the Saatchi Gallery in London to create a market in the West for Korean Contemporary Art.

Book Review: 2 April 2009
New York

Naughty Postcards From Paris
With the international spotlight focused on the visit to Europe of President and Mrs. Obama, our own "Monsieur X" reviews a book that reminds us of a time when news from Paris was truly all about the medium, not the message contained within.

News: 1 April 2009
New York

CT Images Reveal The Hidden Face of Nefertiti
Thin-section CT imaging of the famous Nefertiti bust revealed a delicately carved face on the limestone core.

Book Review: 25 March 2009
Sloe and Easy: Van Dongen at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Despite his early reputation for painting louche, sloe-eyed broads, Kees Van Dongen inherited the Singer Sargent mantle, becoming the portraitist of choice of early 20th century Paris society. A new book, in conjunction with an exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, documents the man and the many, many women he immortalized.

Exhibition Review: 12 March 2009

Babylon: A Tale of Two Cities
They came, they conquered, they crushed... and were never the same. Exhibitions in New York and London look back at the myths and the realities of imperial Babylon and its impact on the ancient world, but show us, through the prism of the Iraq war, how little civilization has progressed since then.

Seen: 6 March 2009
Washington, DC

Twittering from the Ancient World: The Master Strokes of Hassan Massoudy
In the age of Blackberries and iPhones, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the original hand held communication device was the calligrapher’s pen.

Comment: 3 March 2009
New York

In His Own Image: Shepard Fairey Fights to Redefine Copyright Law
That his iconic "Obama Hope" poster is based on someone’s photograph is not disputed, but Shepard Fairey claims his artistic manipulation of that original is more than enough to shield him from the ill-advised copyright lawsuit launched by the Associated Press (who, it turns out, may not even own the rights to the image).

Art Market: 24 February 2009

The Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé Collection: A Bruised Beau Monde Binges
Global financial crisis be damned. Whether there to buy, gawk or merely be seen at the associated soirées, those attending the Saint Laurent/Bergé estate auction are hell-bent on partying like it’s 1999.

Exhibition Review: 13 January 2009
New York
Southern Living in Living Color: The Photographs of William Eggleston
A native Southerner raised on a cotton plantation in the Mississippi Delta, Eggleston has the ability to speak complex truths in single, garish bursts of artistic discovery.

Seen: 8 January 2009
Death, Art and Money
Prankster artist Santiago Sierra's latest in-your-face installation explores the nexus of mortality and profit, with the ironic collusion of one of the world's largest insurers.

Exhibition review

Dispatch from Versailles: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime
In companion commentaries, Patricia Boccadoro first provides the reader with reason to postpone that once in a lifetime visit to Versailles, then offers a compelling argument for booking the trip post-haste. (Hint: wait till they get rid of the giant lobster.).

Exhibition Review
British Museum's Hadrian Exhibition: Empire Repeats Itself
Imperial overstretch, financial bailouts, media manipulation, war in Mesopotamia, and even (olive) oil: Hadrian's Rome looks eerily modern.


Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail The Dark Lioness
On view, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art until 8 December 2018




Interview Archives
The Beautiful and Disturbing Art of Fuyuko Matsui
Culture journalist C.B. Lidell talks to the rising Japanese art star Fuyuko Matsui about her painting, her dark and troubled mind and Japan’s ghostly past.

Interview Archives
Steve McCurry: Capturing the Face of Asia
On a photo shoot in Thailand, the award winning photojournalist Steve McCurry talks to culture journalist C.B. Liddel about his new book and his many years working in Asian countries.

Interview Archives 
Afghan Treasures in Paris: Saved from the Taliban, But Not Quite Ready for America
Jean-François Jarrige, President of the National Asian Art Museum in Paris speaks openly about the rampant looting of archaeological artifacts in Afghanistan, as well as the priceless objects that escaped the Taliban's deliberate destructiveness and are now on view in Paris.

Exhibition Review
The Golden Age of Couture
Shine Anthony Dharan reviews the blockbuster exhibition in London that seeks to put London's fashion from the "Golden Era" on par with that of Paris.

Oleg Yanushevsky: Iconic Russian Artist Finds Asylum in London
The prominent St Petersburg artist and curator Oleg Yanushevsky had to flee Russia because of repeated threats and attacks on his life and art work. He is the first contemporary Russian artist to win asylum because of cultural persecution.

Reader Comment Archives
A Plea for Fair and Equal Treatment
Dr. Kwame Opoku, a retired legal adviser in Vienna, Austria, responds to Alan Behr's review of James Cuno's new book, "Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage" (Princeton University Press).

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