Matisse/Diebenkorn

“Matisse always surprises me…. It’s the restraint coupled with the sensuousness that’s so utterly exceptional.” Richard Diebenkorn The distinguished artistic career of the prominent postwar California painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) began with his unique style of abstract expressionism (ca.1946–1956),  ...

America after the Fall

The big draw in the Royal Academy's new show on American painting during the 1930s is the iconic painting "American Gothic" by Grant Wood. The stern-looking father and daughter pair - actually posed by Wood's sister Nan and his dentist,  ...

Monet: The Early Years

“Monet: The Early Years” is visually gorgeous and academically significant. Presenting Monet’s work from the early phase of his career (1858-1872) starting when Monet was 18 years old and ending when he turned 32, the show traces the development  ...

David Hockney: 60 years of work

In the year of the artist’s 80th birthday, Tate Britain presents a survey of almost 60 years of David Hockney’s work in the first major retrospective for nearly 30 years and already the gallery’s fastest-selling exhibition. David Hockney  ...

diane arbus: in the beginning

SF MOMA’s remarkable new exhibit of early works by the brilliant photographer, Diane Arbus (1923-1971) contains about taken by the artist in New York City between 1956 and 1962. Imaginatively installed in six galleries on the third  ...

Frank Stella: A Retrospective

I’ve appreciated and admired Frank Stella’s abstract art for many years, but the de Young Museum’s exciting retrospective enriched my understanding of Stella as an artist and a man. A smaller continuation of an exhibition  ...

Paul Nash (Tate Britain)

How serious were the British about Modern art? When the first Post-Impressionist exhibition arrived in London in 1910, students at the Slade School of Art were banned from attending, for fear it would corrupt them, although  ...

Bruce Conner: It’s All True

This fascinating first retrospective of the diverse oeuvre of Bruce Conner (1933-2008) contains more than 250 objects in many media — painting, film, video, assemblage, drawing, collage, print, photography, photogram and performance, which were mostly created in San Francisco over  ...