American Craft Council Shows

Intricately cut and assembled sculptures of paper. Brightly colored porcelain horns that actually can be played. Lamps made of different colored elegant papers that have been sprayed into place. Multicolored painted silk lighting fixtures that look like exotic insects.  ...

Matisse Picasso

Jealousy, fear, spite, exhilaration, a deep respect – all are evident in the decades-long interaction between Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, now explored in a traveling exhibition at its final stop, the Museum of Modern Art’s temporary home in  ...

Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsman

There is only one painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Leonardo da Vinci: Master Draftsman show: "St. Jerome Praying in the Wilderness." It belongs to the Vatican and is unfinished. The exhaustive catalog for the show describes Leonardo’s  ...

Rebel Heart

According to Ronan Bennett, the novelist and screenwriter who wrote Rebel Heart, a terrible thing happened in 1922. A Belfast District Inspector named John W. Nixon led a group of policemen as they broke into the home of a  ...

Making Museums Matter – Stephen E. Weil

In one of the essays collected in Making Museums Matter, Stephen E. Weil quotes Alfred H. Barr on the principal task of New York’s Museum of Modern Art: “the conscientious, continuous, resolute distinction of quality from mediocrity.” Reading Weil’s  ...

Nonrequired Reading – Wislawa Szymborska

In the author’s note that opens Nonrequired Reading, Polish poet and Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska writes about a reader’s freedom: to read intelligent books or stupid ones, to stop long before the end of a book, to eavesdrop, to  ...

Paris in the Age of Impressionism

At the end of the twentieth century, Paris’ magnificent Gare d’Orsay train station was transformed into a great museum, the Musee d’Orsay. Nearly a century before the d’Orsay was remodeled, the city of Paris was transformed by the Baron  ...