Posts by Richard Carreño
George Stubbs is known for his paintings of horses, but this 18th-century artist should be seen as a precursor of the modern.
Daughters of Revolution and American Gothic inhabit each other. For a few short months, starting in Cincinnati this month, they'll form an informal diptych, telling an integrated story of small-minded American values.
For two years during World War II, from 1942 to 1944, the Metropolitan Museum of Art went to war — in Philadelphia.
There are a variety of similarities, and differences, between Paul Guillaume and Albert Barnes, and between the museums housing their respective collections.
The original home of Nazi-approved art, Munich's Haus der Kunst, is now showing works that would make Hitler and Goering ill — and the "degenerate art" they eschewed is now on view in New York City.
These days, the buildings in which art museums are housed seem to get more attention than the art within.
Yes, Amsterdam remains a Mecca for aging hippies, hash parlors and whores. But hold the snarky jokes. The city is an architectural wonderland of the 17th and 18th Centuries, full of dozens of remarkable museums.
The city of Detroit may be broke, but the Detroit Institute of Arts owns $2 billion worth of art works. Its most valued pieces, by the Communist Diego Rivera, portray heroic workers triumphing over stoic managers. In the best capitalist tradition, Rivera’s frescoes are now being held hostage by a pair of union-busting Republican politicians.
Benjamin West's Death of General Wolfe was once a hallowed symbol of British imperialism. Now it's been hijacked by Canadians, whose supply of national icons is otherwise limited.
The Mellons and the steel mills are gone, but Pittsburgh today boasts first-class museums, music, theaters and universities. The trouble is, they're all in the wrong part of town.