October 7, 2012 • 5:38 am
Does art have a future? Performance genres like opera, theater, music and dance are thriving all over the world, but the visual arts have been in slow decline for nearly 40 years. No major figure of profound influence has emerged in painting or sculpture since the waning of Pop Art and the birth of Minimalism in the early 1970s.
Warhol grew up in industrial Pittsburgh. Today’s college-bound rarely have direct contact with the manual trades.
Yet work of bold originality and stunning beauty continues to be done in …
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December 4, 2011 • 4:39 pm
Federal authorities are investigating whether a parade of paintings and drawings, sold for years by some of New York’s most elite art dealers as the work of Modernist masters like Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollock, actually consists of …
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November 26, 2011 • 7:10 pm
“DEGAS and the Ballet”—now there’s an exhibition title to put a person off. It just screams of being an inevitable blockbuster, and who wants to feel like a lemming? I planned to skip the show, which opens at the Royal Academy of …
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November 26, 2011 • 6:33 pm
In his review of the current Diego Rivera show at MOMA, Peter Schjeldahl discusses the “fracas” that surrounded the murals Rivera created for the RCA Building in Rockefeller
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October 25, 2011 • 3:33 am
JAMES BRETT, the founder and curator of “The Museum of Everything”, believes his two new shows are “the most important in Britain”. This might seem like a bold claim, particularly as one exhibition is tucked in the …
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October 20, 2011 • 3:26 am
How can you tell if an Andy Warhol silkscreen is the real thing or a fake? Even the Pop master’s own art foundation has given up trying to tell the difference.
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts said Wednesday that in coming months it plans to shut down its authentication board—the only independent arbiter of the legitimacy of Warhol works that turn up on the art market.
The six members of the authentication board, which include museum curators from …
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October 13, 2011 • 12:28 pm
This week in the magazine, Peter Schjeldahl writes about “Degas and the Nude,” a “wonderful show and a weird show” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. “Degas seems to create his women, as if they were all Eves—even a chubby prostitute scratching her …
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