July 15, 2011 |
Anyone who arrived at Conner Contemporary Art after 5 p.m. on July 9 had to stand in the back. Almost 200 people showed up to the night's event, a discussion panel and party for the (e)merge art fair, an exhibition of contemporary art that will take place in September at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. This city long recognized for art that is old and historic is, it appears, becoming a hub for art that is bold and new. Alice Denney, who founded the Washington Project for the Arts in 1975 and...
September 23, 2009 |
Two hours by highway up the coast from Barcelona, and another 20 minutes over winding cliff-top roads, sits one of today's great temples to artistic innovation. The artworks to be found there one evening this summer included a pair of fried rabbit ears, a plate of embryonic pine nuts and a Styrofoam box filled with "Parmesan air," a frozen foam so light you could barely feel it on your tongue. In a more rococo mode, there were also translucent Parmesan...
September 30, 2011 |
MIAMI — The part of Miami where Mera and Donald Rubell put their museum and home was a dangerous, ramshackle section of abandoned warehouses and rundown residences, with buildings still scarred by the 1980 race riots and streets that even the police were wary of entering. The Rubells hit Miami 19 years ago. Today, their Wynwood neighborhood is ablaze with color, with murals, art galleries, cafes and top-shelf eateries luring hipsters and big spenders alike. The Rubells' family museum — housed...
September 23, 2009
Can't: There's no object left over when a meal is finished. Can So: Music doesn't last, either. Each time a dish is prepared, it's a "performance" of a recipe that will survive over time. At elBulli, the artistic experience is ultra-intense, concentrated into the few seconds it takes to taste, chew and swallow. Can't: It can't go beyond immediate sensory pleasures. Can So: It can talk about history, culture, ethnicity, politics, the body. In fact, it almost always does. Eating an elBulli rabbit ear is not about...
July 1, 2011 |
The poster is yellow. A naked woman reclines on plush, red fabric. Half her right breast is visible. Her left foot rests gently on her right calf. She is famous, this woman with the long bare back. Her body is lifted from "Grande Odalisque" and has been lounging at the Louvre for years. But on this yellow poster, there is something different about her. She has the head of a gorilla. Above her body is the question: "Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?" "Less than 3%...
January 24, 2010 |
They are called "knowledge cards" -- a glossy picture on the front of each, some factoids to explain it on the back -- and museums sell them in packs of 48, on all kinds of basic subjects: nature, the American presidency, the great buildings of Washington. The shop at the Smithsonian American Art Museum has added a new basic subject to the roster: It now sells a pack that features great works by black artists. The classic names are there: Henry Ossawa Tanner, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett.