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At Last, Richard Estes Has a Solo Show in a New York Museum

Rodrigo Cañete | Posted 03.20.2015 | Arts
Rodrigo Cañete

The exhibition 'Richard Estes: Painting New York City' opened March 10 at the Museum of Arts and Design and is the first solo show by the octogenarian painter in a New York museum.

Alex Katz Tells Us How Bored He Is of the Art World in His Latest London Show

Rodrigo Cañete | Posted 03.13.2015 | Arts
Rodrigo Cañete

It does not come as a surprise that in times of the 'selfie', portraiture as an artistic genre seems to be a casualty. The thing is that painting portraits takes far too long. We just cannot hold our attention for that long.

New York Magazine's Art Critic Jerry Saltz Is Killing It At Instagram

Anna Furman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Arts
Anna Furman

Art Critic Jerry Saltz maintains a pretty fantastic instagram account. With over 900 posts, 87,000 followers, and a committed audience of likers and commenters, Saltz has generated something of a house style for punny-and-irreverent instagramming.

Female Critic Bashes Male Artist, Male Artist Proceeds To Call Her Undersexed And Ignorant

artnet | artnet News | Posted 01.28.2015 | Arts

This article originally appeared on artnet News. French art star Loris Gréaud's exhibition at Dallas Contemporary, "The Unplayed Notes Museu...

30 Words We Should Stop Using To Describe Art

artnet | artnet News | Posted 01.08.2015 | Arts

This article originally appeared on artnet News. by Ben Davis It's a new year, which is a fine excuse as any to ditch old bad habits. Here below, ...

On Abstraction, Ed Moses and the Need to Explain

Julia Friedman | Posted 01.04.2015 | Arts
Julia Friedman

The University of California Irvine exhibition, titled "Ed Moses: Cross-Section" brings together Moses's paintings from 1970 onwards. It is an ambitious and meticulously curated mini-retrospective, and a homecoming of sorts for Moses, who was one of the original faculty members at the UC Irvine art department.

A Question of Purpose - with Bob Nickas

j.frede | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts

Should everything an artist makes be considered as Art? Or does it require the artist to declare it as art before it is made precious? I have been t...

Joel Meyerowitz and Twelve Other Street Photographers on Their Best Photographs

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

As artists, it is always a significant challenge to objectively view our own work. We have emotional and psychological ties to both the work itself, a...

Why You Need Painting to Say That Painting Is Dead

Marc Trujillo | Posted 10.11.2014 | Arts
Marc Trujillo

I'm a painter, so of course I find statements about the death of painting annoying, but also sloppy thinking, since painting is what it takes to be able to even make the statement.

Serendipity at the Musee d'Orsay

Susan Kraus | Posted 07.27.2014 | Travel
Susan Kraus

I see Le Lit as an expression of desire -- for the security of a partner, snug under the covers, who would gaze at him with affection, would look deeply, unflinchingly, with love and acceptance, into his eyes. "I want this," I remember saying to myself.

The Need for Arts Journalists

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.31.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Arts journalists keep those of us who run arts organizations honest. They question us when they believe our offerings are too timid, too easy, too glib.

Dave Hickey in Los Angeles: Pirate vs. Farmers

Julia Friedman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Arts
Julia Friedman

Pretty much any epithet used to describe the art critic and MacArthur Award laureate Dave Hickey is doomed to fail.

A Look at High Art in the 21st Century: Pictures at a Museum's Shop.

Jura Margulis | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts
Jura Margulis

We created abundance in the civilized world and cherish the history of our culture and the culture of our history, or so we say, and that last room before the museum's shop exhibits the best we can do in and with the visual arts sector?

What Can't Be Said About a Work of Art

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 11.30.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

You can try to put your finger on the work of art. It is possible to say how it works, maybe even why it's good, but something essential will always, mercifully, elude you.

We Appreciate Arrested Development Better Today, But We're Losing Something Else

Danny Groner | Posted 07.26.2013 | Arts
Danny Groner

The Internet has unquestionably reformed how we consume. If only we approached everything with the same curiosity and attention that we give to Arrested Development, that would be a world full of openness, positivity, growth, and education.

Is This REAL?

Posted 05.23.2013 | Arts

We're pretty sure this hilarious video of an art student freaking out is fake. But that doesn't mean contemporary art scholars across the web won't un...

The Return Of Haiku Reviews...

Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews are regular features where we invite critics to review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the tr...

Haiku Reviews: From A 'Bollywood Invasion' To A 'Secret Garden' Opera

Posted 04.05.2013 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews are regular features where we invite critics to review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the tr...

The Ethnic Cleansing of Judaism in Medieval and Renaissance Art

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

In every gallery I was surrounded by paintings that featured a cast of characters and lavish settings that bore no resemblance to the world that Jesus and his followers inhabited. Every wall greeted me with blond, fair-skinned European figures.

RIP, Thomas McEvilley

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Despite the philosophical depth and discriminatory nuance composing the essays McEvilley published regularly in Artforum, they are also marked by a clarity that made them enthralling to read.

Enough Stories

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 03.30.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

If we approach and accept art on its terms, it will offer us much more than familiarity and comfort; if we think we already know the moral to the story, we stand to miss what is there. There may be no story.

Final Response on 'The Put On of the Century, or the Cage Centenary'

Daniel Asia | Posted 03.30.2013 | Arts
Daniel Asia

We may wish to belittle, deny, evade, deprecate, or run away from the delineation of best/better/bad/awful, in that it involves making judgments of quality. But we must sooner or latter come to grips with this hard reality, or else our lives and commitment to Music cease to be serious.

The Art Market and Art Criticism Will Divorce in 2013: An Allegory

John Seed | Posted 02.20.2013 | Arts
John Seed

In a joint prepared statement issued earlier today, The Art Market and Art Criticism -- two allegorical figures whose uneasy marriage has been under visible strain in the past month -- have confirmed reports that they intend to divorce next year.

Interview With Jed Perl On His Latest Book

John Seed | Posted 02.13.2013 | Arts
John Seed

Jed Perl, Magicians and Charlatans: Essays on Art and Culture, Eakins Press, 352 pages Jed Perl, who has served as the art critic for the N...

The 10 Worst Reviews In Arts&Culture This Year

Posted 12.11.2012 | Arts

Is there anything more satisfying than a deliciously scathing review? While a negative critique may not affect the artist's success, we can sometimes ...