Sensing Spaces, London

Here is a great idea for a show. The Royal Academy of Arts has invited seven international architects to transform its main galleries with site-specific installations. The goal, in the words of Kate Goodwin, the RA's Drue Heinz  ...

Turner and the Sea

Given Britain's fine maritime heritage, and the painter John Mallard William Turner's unerring ability to capture the mercurial nature of the sea, it is perhaps surprising that there has never been a full-scale exhibition of his marine paintings before now,  ...

Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter

Swedish master Anders Zorn (1860-1920) may be the world’s finest under-appreciated artist. Unlike many renowned artists, Zorn’s heyday occurred during his lifetime. At 29, Zorn was made Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur, the highest decoration in France at the World  ...

David Hockney

What distinguishes a fine contemporary artist from a master? One may find the answer at the extraordinary “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition.” Belying his age of 76, Hockney’s fabulous 398-piece show explores his brilliant talent, youthful enthusiasm, bountiful productivity  ...

Alex Katz

Everyone wants to fit in, even artists. But Alex Katz has never fit into mainstream modernism, or what passes for postmodernism today. Art historians and the general public have tried to pigeonhole him as a pop artist because he uses  ...

Beyond Belief

The vibrant and stimulating “Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art” was jointly organized by San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “SFMOMA on the Go” program. It’s the first of  ...

Félix Ziem

At the Petit Palais, "Félix Ziem, j’ai rêvé le beau" could easily carry the subtitle “How to Make a Great Exhibition for a Mediocre Artist” (as it is, the title is best translated in English as “Félix Ziem, I dreamed  ...

Les Milles et Une Nuits (1001 Nights)

The French have a word, dépaysement. Roughly translated, it means the disorientation one experiences in a new culture away from one’s home country. It is an apt word to describe how I felt after leaving the Institut du Monde Arabe  ...