The Art of Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden (1911-1988), a leading African-American artist of the mid-20th century, showed in his early work a wide diversity of styles and influences as he searched for his own voice, a voice that, regardless of  ...

The Art of David Ireland: The Way Things Are

David Ireland displays his influences on his creative sleeve, like a long-experienced sergeant sporting multiple chevrons. He pays tribute to Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), the originator of the Found Object as art. Ireland's Duchamp's Tree is a collection of split  ...

Diane Arbus Revelations Review

- Diane Arbus Much has been made over Diane Arbus' choice of subject matter for her photographs. Tattooed men, dwarfs, giants, transvestites, nudists, strippers, asylum inmates--"freaks" by choice or chance of birth, people at  ...

El Greco

The paintings of El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos, 1541-1614) fall into two distinct categories--the sacred and the secular. The artist relocated from Italy to Spain around 1576, with hopes of becoming court painter to Philip II. Although that goal was  ...

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.  ...

Marc Chagall

A major Chagall retrospective is approached with some trepidation. One of the most accessible artists of the 20th century, Chagall's images have been widely disseminated, in part due to his own exploitation of his popular success. Over a long  ...

Marvin Lipofsky: A Glass Odyssey

The earliest man-made glass objects, mainly non-transparent glass beads, are thought to date back to around 3500 BC, based on archeological finds in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Glass blowing didn't emerge until the first century BC and glass windows were  ...

Philip Guston Retrospective

There's irony in the trajectory of Philip Guston's long and distinguished career as a painter. As a boy, he drew cartoons, perhaps in part as an escape from a series of overwhelming family tragedies. (It was Guston who found  ...

Roberto Matta

Chile has made a relatively small impression on the world cultural scene. In literature, the country claims two Nobel laureates, Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral. Isabel Allende has made her literary mark, albeit from her United States residence. Raoul  ...

Art Deco 1910-1939

Not until the 1960's was the term "Art Deco" coined to describe the style that swept the world in the booming 1920's, continuing on into the Depression until the mid-1930's. While some painters (Leger, Lempicka) and sculptors (Brancusi) both  ...