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To Kill or Not to Kill, That is the Question

Edward Goldman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

While the whole world is watching the latest political "reality show" -the Christie-gate -the smaller world of art follows the morbid news of the up...

Contradictions in Art, Architecture

J. Michael Welton | Posted 03.11.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

An upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan is a sad metaphor for the perennial contradictions between art, architecture and the people who love them both.

Major New York Museum Announces Sweeping, Controversial Redesign

Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

New York City's Museum of Modern Art announced big plans Wednesday for a sweeping redesign, including an admission-free first floor and the demolition...

Resisting the Whitening of Bill Traylor: Why We Should Remember the Slave and Sharecropper As Much As the Artist

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Putting Traylor at the forefront of the mid-20th century African-American context for art today seems an act of reclamation that, in addition to restoring the African-American artistic heritage, also dispels the unfortunate aura of Outsiderism,

How to Make the Art World Bearable Again

Filip Noterdaeme | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Filip Noterdaeme

The art world is swept up by artists who are eager to "make a difference." I like to think of them as drone artists. They swarm the art world with killer-bee tactics to saturate it with their "socially engaged" art, co-opting real and risky political activism to further their careers.

Happy Days, and Hours, Are Here Again

Edward Goldman | Posted 07.14.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Last week's Art Talk got particularly passionate responses from KCRW listeners who hear my program on the air, or those who read the text of it on the...

MoMA Reconsiders...

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 05.10.2013 | Arts

Remember when the Museum of Modern Art, an entity devoted to art and design, decided to raze the iconic building next door in the name of expansion, a...

Reconsidering the American Folk Art Museum

Henry Miller | Posted 07.01.2013 | New York
Henry Miller

The brilliance of the design of the American Folk Art Museum building is evident both inside and out.

Architects Take A Stand Against MoMA

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts

A number of well-known architects have banded together to oppose the Museum of Modern Art's decision to demolish the former American Folk Art Museum b...

MoMA To Raze 'Best Building In The World'

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 04.11.2013 | Arts

Sad but not quite shocking news. Museum of Modern Art officials announced plans yesterday to tear down the American Folk Art Museum, a sliver of a bui...

Short Takes: Kaleidoscopic Wonders

Jane Chafin | Posted 11.27.2012 | Arts
Jane Chafin

Today's sophisticated computer imaging allows for endless experimentation with kaleidoscopic effects.

Finally... Folk Art Is Back!

Posted 01.19.2012 | Arts

Folk art has all the benefits of a grandmother: it weaves beautiful tapestries, tells elaborate legends which creep into your dreams and are equally p...

SAVED: American Folk Art Museum Gets Bailed Out

Posted 11.22.2011 | Arts

The American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) has been in dire financial straits in recent months, but the establishment announced this week that it will contin...

To Give and Give Not

Daniel Grant | Posted 10.30.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Breaking a promise -- or changing one's mind, whatever you want to call it -- to donate money or objects to a museum (or any other nonprofit institution) is rare, but it does happen, sometimes in spectacular fashion.

Major Quilt Exhibit Sponsored by American Folk Art Museum Opens in NYC

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kate Kelly

At a time when women did not have the right to vote, a quilt supporting a political viewpoint was as close as women would come to being able to have a political voice.

(PHOTOS) Portlandia Party, Folk Art Museum Gala & More Last Night

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

New Yorkers came out in a big way last night to support the American Folk Art Museum, the Perlman Music Program and the Food Bank for New York City's ...

Wilson A. Bentley Photography: The Snowflake Man's Photos Up For Sale

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Vermont farmer Wilson A. Bentley was known as Snowflake Bentley for his pioneering 19th-century photography of more than 5,000 jewel-...