Joan Miro: A Retrospective (1934-1976)

Even casual visitors to art museums easily recognize works by Joan Miro (1893-1983). An early Surrealist who also experimented with Cubist techniques, Miro's abstractions almost always have recognizable figurative elements--birds, insects, animals, humans--and they are characterized by whimsical charm,  ...

The Passion for Drawing

Collectors and art dealers for over thirty years, Jan and Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski have specialized in works on paper. A selection of nearly 200 drawings from their collection, spanning five centuries of European art, has been exhibited in various venues  ...

Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art

The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering (2001), Norman G. Finkelstein Caught by History: Holocaust Effects in Contemporary Art, Literature, and Theory (1997), Ernest Van Alphen  ...

Milton Avery – Master of American Modernism

At the beginning of his career, when he lived in Connecticut, Milton Avery (1885-1965) was influenced by American Impressionists--Inness, Lawson and Twachtman. But when he moved to New York in 1925 he was exposed to a wider variety of  ...

Perfect Acts of Architecture

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art March 2 - May 26 After the dismal years and mostly pastiche products of post-modern architecture, public interest has soared in response to genuinely visionary, strikingly original, and esthetically thrilling work that has  ...

Peter Hujar

Peter Hujar (1934-1987) paid his dues in commercial photography--magazines, fashion, advertising--on his way to developing his own voice, his own art which is striking in its directness, its disciplined focus and its astringent avoidance of extraneous elements. His milieu  ...

Nan Goldin – Recent Work

There is nothing unexpected in Fraenkel Gallery's exhibit of recent works by photographer Nan Goldin. The "Goldin look" dominates--artificially lit portraiture in large Cibachrome prints that are saturated with color, the subjects often enveloped in an intensely golden glow.  ...

Matrix 195: Thomas Scheibitz

The UC Berkeley Art Museum has mounted the first solo museum exhibition of work by Thomas Scheibitz, a young (33) artist from Berlin, under the museum's Matrix Program. (Matrix, with generous financial assistance from philanthropist Phyllis Wattis, is designed  ...

Grand Lyricist: The Art of Elmer Bischoff

Before Elmer Bischoff's career and development as a painter had gotten into gear, abstract expressionism--the New York School--had already taken firm root. Encouraged by Peggy Guggenheim, Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell and Hans Hoffman exhibited at Art of This  ...