Author Archives: Michael Z. Wise

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Wildenstein and Qatar Battle Over Aborted New York Art Palace Sale

Before finalizing a $90-million contract to buy Wildenstein & Company’s palatial New York headquarters last year, Qatari diplomats tried it on for size, hosting a lavish party inside the stately gallery where the art-dealing dynasty had long exhibited its treasures.The … Read More


Understanding the Other: Aga Kahn Museum Debuts in Toronto Suburb

Below, an excerpt from Michael Z. Wise’s article about the new Aga Kahn Museum in Toronto, which was published in the December 2014 issue of ARTnews. The full story is on newsstands now.The museum’s setting, in a suburb 20 minutes by car northeast of … Read More


Confrontation at Harvard Art Museums

Harvard’s new Piano plays off the Le Corbusier next door, and not everyone is happy with the tune Read More


Creating a Renaissance for Italian Modernism

A scholar and collector transforms a New York loft into a center for the study of Futurism and beyond it Read More

The Aga Khan museum.MICHAEL Z. WISE

Aga Khan Museum, $300 M. Complex Devoted to Islamic Art, Opens in Toronto

A $300 million cultural and religious complex has opened in Toronto, designed by leading modern architects and showcasing one of the world’s top collections of Islamic art.The Aga Khan Museum, housed in a structure designed by Pritzker Prize–winner Fumihiko Maki … Read More

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Wildenstein Gallery: Sale of Manhattan Headquarters to Qatar Is Off

An announced plan by the legendary art dealing family Wildenstein to sell its palatial headquarters on the Upper East Side of Manhattan has been cancelled, a spokeswoman for the family-owned art gallery said today.David Wildenstein, vice president of Wildenstein & … Read More


Rethinking the Guggenheim Helsinki

An open design competition for a new museum in the Finnish capital reflects a change in the foundation‘s global strategy Read More

The Harvard Art Museums, during renovation and expansion, November 21, 2013LESVANTS.COM

Veritas! After Six Years, Harvard Art Museums’ Renzo Piano Home Is Nearly Ready: A Peek Inside

Curators at the Harvard Art Museums are spending the summer installing works in the new Renzo Piano-designed building, which has significantly boosted the university’s ability to display its wide-ranging collections. They’re working toward November 16, the date when Harvard’s Fogg … Read More