16 days ago | Visual Arts
An exhibition called “Holy Barbarians” has just opened at The Menil Collection, curated by Clare Elliott. Be warned: It’s not about religion and it’s not about oafs from the Middle Ages — though I suspect the Menil could do a show about either by ...
1 month ago | Visual Arts
As an art reviewer I know that I ought to be impartial, at least at first, but sometimes I fail. As regards “Degas: A New Vision,” which recently opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, curated by Henri Loyrette, former director of the Musée d...
2 months ago | Visual Arts
Breaking news alert: Hell may have frozen over. If so, it’s probably because bluebonnet paintings have been spotted in the galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — lots of them, big ones, hills and fields and canyons of them — in the exhibi...
3 months ago | Visual Arts
By now can there be even a single Picasso fart that has not been recorded and religiously researched for its artistic implications — perhaps even taken as the basis of a doctoral dissertation? Since everything about him seems to have the odor of g...
3 months ago | Pop Culture
The sun sets slowly into the Pacific. Gorgeous pink and orange deepen to lush purple and black. Diagonals from upper left to lower right emphasize the sinking sun and the deepening color. An unsexed voice – that of the singer Nico – drones a mesme...
6 months ago | Visual Arts
When it comes to art, it’s easy to get lost in terminology, especially art that’s new to you. I know because I did that as I tried to understand “As Essential as Dreams: Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither,” an exhibi...