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  ...

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.  ...

Picasso and the War Years: 1937-1945

Picasso was surely the greatest artist of the 20th century and, arguably, Guernica, his 1937 mural-sized painting, is the single greatest war painting of all time. Alas, Guernica, after years of giving us pleasure at New York's Museum of  ...

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  ...

Walker Evans

When this Walker Evans retrospective was at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the organizing institution for the exhibition), attendance records were broken. That's a testament both to the greatness of this photographer's work and to its accessibility. In  ...

Leon Golub: Paintings 1950 – 2000

Leon Golub, spanning the half century of his career, has been consistently both a figurative painter and a political painter. He persevered and survived through the long period of the dominance of abstract expressionism in American art and, now at  ...

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  ...

Chuck Close: Self-Portraits 1967-2005

An exhibit of more than eighty works in a variety of media consisting almost entirely of self-portraits - one is hard-pressed to name another contemporary artist so caught up in his own image. And the portraits, spanning nearly four  ...