Peggy Guggenheim Collection – Venice

Should you choose to approach Venice’s Collezione Peggy Guggenheim by gondola—the Peggy Guggenheim museum, is located, like so much else in Venice, on the Grand Canal—the first work of art you would see would be Marino Marini’s 1948 sculpture, "The Angel of the City." A man mounted on a  ...

Georgia O’Keeffe: The Poetry of Things

It's a shame, really, that Georgia O'Keeffe and her work have been co-opted for so many agendas other than an unfettered appreciation of her great art. Feminists have politicized her history (perfectly legitimate for them to do, of course, though O'Keeffe kept her distance in later years) and the  ...

The Worlds of Nam June Paik

Entering the darkened Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for The Worlds of Nam June Paik, the viewer is enveloped into an electronic universe created by a visionary multi-media artist. The first American retrospective since 1982 of the work of this pioneering Korean artist allows audiences to experience the singular ways  ...

National Gallery of Ireland – Dublin

The National Gallery of Ireland was founded in 1854, neither particularly early nor late in the history of museums - the Louvre dates to 1793, the Prado to 1819, London's National Gallery to 1824, the Metropolitan - a latecomer - to 1870. Perhaps it is unfair to compare Ireland's  ...

Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog

Other suggested reading: Black Sun-The Eyes of Four: Roots and Innovation in Japanese Photography (1986), Eikoh Hosoe, Daido Muriyama, et. al. Photography and Beyond in Japan: Space, Time and Memory (1995), Robert Stearns, et. al. The work of Daido Moriyama, a leading figure in  ...

Sol Lewitt: A Retrospective

Buy the Lewitt poster at barewalls.com The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is housed in a striking 1995 building by Swiss architect Mario Botta. At the heart of the building is a skylit atrium, a soaring space in which the striped patterns of the exterior are echoed in  ...

Germaine Krull: Photographer of Modernity

In her 1925 self portrait, photographer Germaine Krull (1897-1985) keeps her face mostly hidden and in soft focus, while her camera dominates the foreground and a cigarette, held between her fingers, provides remarkable balance. It's a complex image in which she defines herself through the tool of her art,  ...