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,  ...

Jewish Museum Berlin

All photos (except second from top) by Bitterbredt´┐Ż "Build it and they will come," an angel advised Kevin Costner in a movie a few years back. He built the stadium and they did come. In the museum business, they seem to have gotten the message, too.  ...

Impressionists in Winter

Six artists respond to snow. Three use snow as a constant reference in their paintings: Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley. Three paint with occasional deference to the surprise of winter color: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Gustave Caillebotte and Paul Gaugin. The variations of the colors of  ...

Hamburger Bahnhof – Berlin

Standing near the site where an enormous new railroad station is being constructed in the heart of Berlin, the Hamburger Bahnhof is a station from the 19th century which has been gloriously preserved and converted into the Museum fur Gegenwart, a name rarely heard - it is still popularly  ...

The Getty Center – Los Angeles

The Getty Center is a superb experience for the visitor, both for its architecture and for its collections. CV's first visit to the Getty in the late 1970's at its Malibu location left such a poor impression that we did not return for twenty years. What a difference twenty  ...