Author Archives: Ann Landi


Beyond the Modigliani Myth

A new biography disputes the notion of the artist as a dissolute madman . Read More


Shooting the Messengers

Photographers Photograph Photographers. Read More


Michelangelo: Naked Truths?

Just where the artist took inspiration for The Last Judgment's nude figures has become a matter of debate. Read More

Archived Reviews Books
Raphael’s The School of Athens, 1509–10, contains a rare contemporary portrait of a young Michelangelo: the figure, seated front and center, writing in a notebook. STANZA DELLA SEGNATURA, VATICAN PALACE

Up the Rome Staircase

Young Michelangelo:
The Path to the Sistine
By John T. Spike
Vendome Press, 272 pages, $27.95 Read More


De Niro Jr. on De Niro Sr.

Robert De Niro keeps his late father's studio the way it was left in 1993 and has just established an annual award to midcareer artists . Read More


Getting Paint Off the Wall

Starting with cheerful spills of industrial materials, Lynda Benglis has teased the limits of taste, eroticism, and the male-dominated art world. Read More


The Five-Year Plan

How the Met and the Whitney came to share an iconic Warhol. Read More

Looking at Art

Food for Thought

Everyone agrees that portion sizes in depictions of the Last Supper have grown. Not everyone agrees why. Read More

Archived Reviews Books
Self-Portrait I, 2009, Self-Portrait II, 2009–10, and Self-Portrait III, 2009, three of Close’s monumental oils. PRESTEL, 2010

Ready for His Close-Up

Chuck Close: Life
By Christopher Finch
Prestel, 352 pages, $34.95 Read More


Where the Art Happens

Museums are finding ingenious ways to connect visitors with the artist’s interior world. Read More

Archived Reviews Books
“Like being around a herd of otherworldly elephants” is how Saltz described walking around works, like Band, 2006, in Richard Serra’s MoMA retrospective. LORENZ KIENZLE/©2010 RICHARD SERRA/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, GIFT OF ELI AND EDYTHE BROAD

Separating the Good from the ‘Crapola’

Seeing Out Louder
By Jerry Saltz
Hard Press Editions/Hudson Hills Press,
420 pages, $40
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Looking at Art

Dancing with Degas

An exhibition explores Picasso's seven-decade obsession with a man he saw as not only an artistic predecessor but also a father figure. Read More


On With the Shows

Jeffrey Deitch explains why his career change from dealer to museum director makes sense. Read More


Is Beauty in the Brain of the Beholder?

Researchers in the evolving field of neuroesthetics seek to determine what happens in the cerebral cortex when we see art—and, in the process, figure out what makes great works so mesmerizing. Read More