Museo Nacional del Prado – Madrid

an outstanding catalogue of the painting collection, published by the museum Mythology & History in the Great Paintings of the Prado (1998), Rosa Lopez Torrijos The main building that houses the  ...

The Graphic Works of Ed Ruscha

The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, a lively component of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, has scored a coup with a major acquisition: the complete (now and future) graphic archive of American artist Ed Ruscha (say Rew-Shay).  ...

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Portraits

The initial impact of Hiroshi Sugimoto's exhibition of a dozen black-and-white "portraits" at San Francisco's Fraenkel Gallery derives from sheer size (the photographs are uniformly about five by four feet) and from dramatic lighting--his figures are posed under strong  ...

Musee Jacquemart-Andre – Paris

Pier Francesco Fiorentino, Virgin Mary and Child with John the Baptist, Angels and The Holy Father 15the century photo credit: Jacquemart-Andre Collection When the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay are on strike or closed for a  ...

Alexander Calder (1897-1976)

It seems that in most every major city one visits there is a Calder stabile on display in a park or a plaza. Every self-respecting art museum with any pretension to covering 20th century art has Calder pieces in  ...

Jackson Pollock

"Jackson broke the ice", said Willem de Kooning, about rival Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock. The Museum of Modern Art has mounted the first United States retrospective of Pollock's work in thirty years, an almost exhaustive review of  ...

The Book of Kells and the Long Room

Trinity College is Ireland's oldest university, established by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. Its founding might be seen as an act of British social and religious colonialism since only Protestants were admitted for nearly three centuries. Today the majority of  ...

Common Man, Mythic Vision: The Paintings of Ben Shahn

Italian Landscape II: Europa, 1944, Tempera on board; Collection of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama. The Blount Collection Approximately 50 works, including paintings, photographs and theatrical masks have been gathered together  ...