Museum Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions

Jewel-encrusted vs. diamond-dusted

I spent a few hours rambling around the Met this week and saw the survey of Raqib Shaw’s opulent jewel-encrusted paintings based on Hans Holbein the Younger’s (ca. 1497-1543) paintings. They reminded me of my daughter’s stained-glass craft kits, but of course those don’t have the oppresive glut of obvious […]

Museum Exhibitions

Earl Cunningham’s imaginary landscapes

“Earl Cunningham’s America,” curated by Virginia Mecklenburg. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. Through Nov. 4. In the Washington Post, Blake Gopnik reports: “Outsider art is truly peculiar stuff. In some ways, it breaks the rules: It looks coarse and eccentric and up to its own thing. On the other […]

Museum Exhibitions

Latin American abstraction, 1930s-1970s

“The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art From the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection,” organized by Gabriel P�rez-Barreiro, curator of Latin American art at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin, where it originated. Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY. Through Dec. […]

Museum Exhibitions

The dirtiness of desire

In The Guardian, Jonathan Jones scrutinizes the Lucas Cranach exhibition at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London: “Lucas Cranach was not the first artist to paint women naked, but he may be the first to have made it obvious he wanted to go to bed with them. With his […]