12:20 PM, Apr 10, 2011 • By DAVID GELERNTER
Makoto Fujimura is one of the best painters alive; there is no finer abstract painter at work today. He is a Christian who lives in New York and paints using the traditional Japanese Nihonga technique, and Crossway has just published an elegantly produced folio of the four gospels with Fujimura’s illuminations (The Four Holy Gospels, 168 pp., $129.99).
How and when Europe took note of American art.Mar 7, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 24 • By JAMES GARDNER
Edward Hopper and His Time
Whitney Museum of American Art
In search of Meindert Hobbema.Jan 17, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 17 • By JOE QUEENAN
No painter in history is more taken for granted than Meindert Hobbema.
A Lesson in Cultural Geography from Steve Martin.5:13 PM, Dec 3, 2010 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
I record with interest and, perhaps, a measure of surprise and sorrow a brief dispatch from the frontiers of culture—in this case, the hallowed precincts of the 92nd Street Y on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Suffice it to say that the 92nd Street Y is the sort of place where Charlie Rose might talk to Anna Quindlen before an appreciative audience, or Leon Wieseltier might interview himself. Culturally speaking, this is important business.
Sense, nonsense, tension and meaning.7:51 AM, Dec 1, 2010 • By NATALIE AXTON
If you read the press release for Neil Greenberg’s like a vase at the Dance Theatre Workshop here in New York, you will learn that the 60-minute dance “explores the tensions created by the seemingly inescapable human desire to make meaning.”
10:30 AM, Jun 1, 2010 • By KATHERINE EASTLAND
On Monday, the French-born American sculptor Louise Bourgeois died in her Manhattan home at age 98 of a heart attack.
Over 11 million Euros' worth of artifacts intercepted.11:06 AM, Jan 26, 2010 • By KATHERINE EASTLAND
Yesterday in Cyprus, police authorities arrested "the largest ever smuggling ring" in the island, including ten Cypriots (most likely Greek), one Syrian, and four others still unknown. They will face charges for "illegally possessing and trading in antiquities," as Menelaos Hadjicostis reported from Nicosia. The items found include Hellenistic and Roman coins, Copper Age terra cotta urns, most from southern towns on the coast, and miniature gold items, probably of Egyptian provenance—all in all, a stash estimated to fetch 11 million Euros, or $15.5 million. This is being called by the republic's authorities "the largest antiquities theft case of its kind in the Mediterranean island's history." Art experts are currently working to pinpoint the origins of all items, and several questions—such as the name of the intended buyer—remain unanswered.
The high court's art dares to praise public pieties.11:00 PM, Nov 5, 2003 • By CLAUDIA WINKLER
I ONCE SAW Sandra Day O'Connor in my corner store, and years ago, before Justice O'Connor even sat on the U.S. Supreme Court, I used to push a stroller on the terrace surrounding the white marble temple where she works. But until Tuesday--even though the Court is only four blocks from my house--I'd never actually heard an oral argument there and seen the justices in session.
The case wasn't exactly exciting (at issue was the definition of "investment contract" in securities law), though it must have mattered to the administration since Solicitor General Ted Olson spoke in person.
Why poets want to paint, and painters want to write.Apr 7, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 29 • By THOMAS M. DISCH
Dancing in the Wind
Poetry and the Art of the British Isles
edited by Charles Sullivan
Harry N. Abrams, 144 pp., $29.95
Bellotto's Grand Canal
by Mark Doty
Getty Trust, 64 pp., $14.95
An Animated Anthology
by Dave Morice
Matisse and Picasso, side by side, in Queens.Mar 3, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 24 • By MARGARET BOERNER
THE MATISSE/PICASSO exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art reminds us that modern art is already more than one hundred years old. It began as an anti-establishment movement in France in the middle of the nineteenth century, with such post-impressionist painters as Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Seurat. It was then charged up by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso to become the twentieth century's dominant art.
By the time Matisse and Picasso came along, much of the traditional work of painting had been ceded to photography.