Looking at Art


Looking at Art
Devorah Sperber, After Vermeer 2, detail view, 2006, 5,024 spools of thread, stainless-steel ball chain and hanging apparatus, clear acrylic viewing sphere, metal stand. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST.

Girl with a Hoop Earring: Fun with Vermeer

Two beloved Vermeers have left Holland for a stint in the U.S. They’ll find their descendants stripped by Dalí, bedecked in toilet-paper rolls, and reincarnated by Cindy Sherman Read More


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Brancusi’s ‘Kiss': A Never-Ending Embrace

A visit to Montparnasse prompts a reflection on the refined abstraction and complex romance of a famous sensual sculpture
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Clyfford Still’s Figures Run Deep

New scholarship on the artist’s early work reveals an unexpected ancestry to his trademark abstractions
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Alan Vlach, Cliff Walk, Near West Point, 2012.

Homing in on Homer

Five artists commissioned to shoot Winslow Homer’s studio bring a contemporary interpretation to a classic setting Read More


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Northview, 2000. 
The arrangement of noncommunicative figures reflects the influence of Vuillard.

Strange Bedfellows

From Fairfield Porter to David Park to Lisa Yuskavage and Peter Doig, contemporary artists have been riffing on Vuillard Read More


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18th Century Fox

Thomas Gainsborough painted songstress Elizabeth Linley not as a frivolous flower but as a new kind of woman Read More


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Tiki, 19th century, from the Marquesas Islands.

The Polynesian Connection?

Polynesian objects were given equal status with Gauguin’s work in a groundbreaking and subversive exhibition Read More


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An installation view of “Miss You”

Twin Peaks

Os Gêmeos bring street-art savvy to Brazilian folk tradition Read More


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Cézanne’s The Large Bathers, 1906, devoid of slick finish and slick emotion, is rife with contradictions.

Bathers But Not Beauties

Cézanne’s nude figures in a landscape are meant to disturb rather than delight us Read More


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Olson House, 2010. James Welling photographed the Maine house that appears in Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World, 1948. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND DAVID ZWIRNER, NEW YORK

Wyeth Redux

James Welling shoots sites in Wyeth’s world. Read More


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The Fool,  a self-portrait  by Francesco Clemente.

Playing the Fool

Francesco Clemente takes on the Tarot card, using friends Brice Marden, Philip Glass, Diane von Furstenberg–and himself— as models Read More


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Esther Hamerman, Polish Village, ca. 1950s.

All in the Family

An exhibition pairs artworks by New York painter Nicole Eisenman and her great-grandmother, Esther Hamerman, a Polish-born folk artist Read More


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Justin Mortimer's painting The Queen, 1998

Addressing the Queen

A show explores changing images of the British monarch Read More


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Nicholson didn’t glorify the officers he portrayed in Canadian Headquarters Staff, commissioned in 1917.

Command Performance

William Nicholson’s group portrait of Canadian generals during World War I is an unusual and haunting war tableau Read More