PPoetry and painting were once called “the brother arts”, although this comfortable phrase ignores the sibling rivalry between them. The verbal and the visual operate in different dimensions: the language unfolds in time, but the painted imagery is static and occupies space, which is why Cézanne indignantly asks a modelRead More →

Photo: K. Ignatiadis, courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery Compared to good art, “it’s much harder to talk about great art,” said sculptor Charles Ray, of Robert Gober’s spooky work, the subject of a 40-year retrospective survey at MoMA, titled ” The Heart Is Not a Metaphor.” “IfRead More →

After seeing the exhibition of works by Albrecht Durer at the National Gallery of Art, I was happy to emerge into gray skies, a bit of drizzle and emptier streets than usual. This exhibition of drawings, watercolors and prints borrowed from Albertina Museum in Vienna, is so good and captivatingRead More →

Going to the Jan Steen exhibition at the National Gallery is a bit surreal, but in a totally rewarding way. It’s like partying, Sunday school and visiting a museum all at the same time. Add to that that these paintings, created hundreds of years ago, are as up-to-date as theRead More →