Charles Howard: A Margin of Chaos

An internationally known and respected artist during his lifetime, but somewhat overlooked and underestimated since his death, Charles Houghton Howard (1899-1978) is rightly celebrated in the first museum survey of his artistic work in over 70 years, entitled “Charles Howard:  ...

Dorothea Lange Through her Goddaughter’s Eyes

Since I wanted to learn more about Dorothea Lange, Berkeley resident Elizabeth Partridge, Lange’s goddaughter and the granddaughter of photographer Imogen Cunningham, graciously agreed to meet with me. Since Partridge’s father, Rondal, had been Lange’s assistant, Partridge grew up as  ...

Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs

Don't feel embarrassed if you suddenly burst out laughing while viewing the Contemporary Jewish Museum's exhaustive--but not exhausting--show of Roz Chast's work. There will be plenty of other viewers doing the same thing. Chast, for the  ...

Matisse/Diebenkorn

“Matisse always surprises me…. It’s the restraint coupled with the sensuousness that’s so utterly exceptional.” Richard Diebenkorn The distinguished artistic career of the prominent postwar California painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) began with his unique style of abstract expressionism (ca.1946–1956),  ...

America after the Fall

The big draw in the Royal Academy's new show on American painting during the 1930s is the iconic painting "American Gothic" by Grant Wood. The stern-looking father and daughter pair - actually posed by Wood's sister Nan and his dentist,  ...

Monet: The Early Years

“Monet: The Early Years” is visually gorgeous and academically significant. Presenting Monet’s work from the early phase of his career (1858-1872) starting when Monet was 18 years old and ending when he turned 32, the show traces the development  ...