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  ...

eRacism

The first thing to confront visitors to the William Pope.L eRacism exhibit at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts is a wall containing 8 � by 11 inch pieces of graph paper, individually framed in standard black- with-gold document  ...

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  ...