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The Armory Show Is Here to Stay

MutualArt | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts
MutualArt

The art world focuses once again on New York as the Armory Show and its satellite fairs open this week.

The Cut That Divided Jews and Christians -- and the Mystery of the Missing Circumcision in Artworks

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Art historians, curators, and critics offer extensive commentary on the minutest details and nuances of artworks but ignore the glaring and obvious falsification of biblical history.

Quick! 10 Things to See in New York Before They Close

Sharon Hoge | Posted 03.04.2014 | Arts
Sharon Hoge

Some of New York's must-see sites are permanent: Lady Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum and other popular sites are always here. But exhibitions come and go.

The Faithful Shopper: Mad for Museums

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 02.28.2014 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Some of the best stores in town aren't run by our legendary retailers or international designers -- they're in our magnificent museums!

Davos Syndrome at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Michael Busch | Posted 04.08.2014 | Arts
Michael Busch

This is no future for the Met, and yet a likely one. When the next economic downturn arrives, the Metropolitan will face tough choices to avoid slipping into the red. It's an easy leap to suppose that charging admission will seem like a no brainer for Met administrators.

Rethink Gift-Giving, Queen Elizabeth Style

Gerit Quealy | Posted 04.02.2014 | Arts
Gerit Quealy

Back in the 16th century -- before Christmas became the Santa-fueled spending-spree we all know and love (sort of) courtesy of that other long-reigning queen, Victoria -- the gift-giving extravaganza came at New Year.

Proof of Ancient Aliens in the National Museum of Iraq?

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.30.2014 | Arts
Paula Froelich

One of the most amazing, inspiring museums a lot of people will (sadly) never get to visit is the National Museum Of Iraq in Baghdad.

Martin Guitars at the Metropolitan

J. Michael Welton | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin is not only about the works of art, beauty and music that this 19th century Viennese immigrant and artisan created. It's also the story of how he changed the trajectory of handmade guitars in America.

William Kentridge: How to Leave a Concrete Trace in the World

Gabrielle Selz | Posted 03.11.2014 | Arts
Gabrielle Selz

Multi-layered, complex, dreamlike and humanistic, The Refusal of Time is a manifestation, a work of art that seeks to explore ambiguity, to remain unfinished and to avoid the black hole at the end of time.

82nd & Fifth: AWKWARD by Cora Michael

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In this drawing, Degas captures the movement of a young dancer in training with the Paris Opera Ballet. "So much about dance vocabulary has to do with...

82nd & Fifth: SHELLSHOCKED by Yassana Croizat-Glazer

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Decorated with ceramic whelks, cockles, and moon snails, this mid-sixteenth century vessel reflects the period's fascination with exploring the natura...

82nd & Fifth: PREDATOR by Fiona Kidd

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This clasp was presumably worn by someone in a position of power who belonged to a mobile society in the Eurasian Steppes. "So rarely do we get a real...

82nd & Fifth: FACE by Joanne Pillsbury

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The eyes and mouth of this mask were likely inlaid with shells, which would have given the piece a more lifelike appearance in antiquity. "Being able ...

82nd & Fifth HIPSTER by Jan Glier Reeder

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Charles James used mathematical concepts to conceptualize the structural shape of this ball gown, which is made of four different fabrics. "The constr...

82nd & Fifth: TERRIBLE BEAUTY by C. Griffith Mann

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Made for an altarpiece, this painting would have been viewed by people who were also smelling incense, listening to music, or participating in ritual ...

82nd & Fifth: POETIC LICENSE with Martina Rugiadi

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This cup is inscribed with a poem that reads, "Drink! For this day has a special boon, which if you had known about it, you would have hurried up with...

82nd & Fifth: CELESTIAL by Clare Vincent

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A three-dimensional map of the stars, this celestial globe features a mechanical device. "As a piece of purely decorative art, it holds its own with t...

82nd & Fifth: READING MATISSE by Rebecca Rabinow (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Curator Rebecca Rabinow was awestruck when she discovered Matisse's illustrated book Jazz, which depicts subjects ranging from funerals to swords to k...

82nd & Fifth: ARRIVAL by Morrison Heckscher (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met was originally a self-contained structure in Central Park. The addition of the Great Hall reoriented the building to Fifth Avenue. "It serves ...

82nd & Fifth: BOY GENIUSES by Timothy B. Husband (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

It took three brothers ranging in age from about fourteen to twenty some four years to illuminate this exquisite work. "In the center of the book, the...

82nd & Fifth: NOSING AROUND by Julie Jones (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Nose ornaments, which fit over the mouth, were fashionable with high-level men in the ancient Americas for hundreds of years. "It's a form of mask, a ...

82nd & Fifth: ACCIDENT by Samantha Rippner (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Robert Rauschenberg used discarded printing plates from The New York Times to create this work, which he began in 1962. "It's just the start of what w...

82nd & Fifth: DREAM LOGIC with Joseph Scheier-Dolberg (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Shitao was a monk for some forty years; he then went on to seek fame and fortune as a painter in Beijing. "This is a guy who's asking the question, 'W...

82nd & Fifth: BE PREPARED by Constance McPhee (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A highly trained engraver as well as a poet and a visionary, William Blake worked out of the mainstream. "He believed he saw angels and his art was su...

What Overpriced Glory?

Michael Drew | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Drew

If something makes headlines simply for the amount of money that was spent on it, do we appreciate the thing as itself - a work of art, a novel - or do we look at it only in terms of how much money it cost?