The Surreal Calder

The 1998 blockbuster Calder retrospective drew nearly 300,000 visitors to Washington's National Gallery and drew huge crowds when it was installed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art later that year. With some 250 works on display, the  ...

Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh

The new de Young Museum's major opening exhibition is Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh, which attempts to dispel myths shrouding the legacy of an enigmatic ruler of ancient Egypt. It presents the changing perceptions of a queen who, while  ...

Taisho Chic: Japanese Modernity, Nostalgia and Deco

Taking its name from the reign of Emperor Taisho (1912-1926),the Taisho Era designates a brief but dynamic period of cultural change when Japan was becoming a modern, international presence. Some Japanese artists of the period experimented with Western aesthetics  ...

Rebecca Horn: Bodylandscapes

The sprawlingly inclusive use of media by artists today marks the work of Rebecca Horn, born in Germany in 1944 but resident in New York, Paris and Berlin, where she also is at home in just about any medium  ...

Raphael Soyer: Back in the Day

Raphael Soyer (1899-1987) is labeled a social realist due to a predilection for the subject matter of ordinary people. The label, though, conjures up a degree of angst which is notably absent from his work. Rather, he brought to  ...

The Art of Richard Tuttle

Richard Tuttle is hardly a household name, like, say, his better-known contemporaries Sol Lewitt or Ellsworth Kelly. Art lovers may have seen one of his works here, one there, over the years, but Tuttle's are works of such unpretentious  ...

John Szarkowski: Photographs

John Szarkowski was the director of photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art for three decades (1962-1991) which arguably made him the most influential individual in the field of photography during the crucial period when photography itself was  ...