T/art

Fred Terna, Creator of Fiery Holocaust Paintings, Dies at 99
Obits, February 4

A prisoner at Auschwitz and three other camps, he dealt with his trauma in semiabstract art that depicted crematories, ovens and chimneys.

Art Critics: Next Endangered Species?
Culture, February 4

A dispute within AICA-USA, an art critics’ group, over diversity, reveals the widening rift between the dream of being a culture writer and shrinking job opportunities.

Seeing Myself in the Work of an Artist I Never Met
Op Ed, February 3

I never met Kimowan Metchewais, but I feel a kinship with him and his work.

Brooklyn Museum Celebrates 25 Years of First Saturdays
Culture, February 3

During that time, the museum has welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors to live performances by a diverse group of artists.

The Ecstatic, Elusive Art of Ming Smith
T Style, February 3

The artist was the first Black woman photographer to have her work acquired by MoMA. Now, decades later, as she returns for a solo show, she reflects on her singular career.

The Fullest View of Vermeer Still Leaves Plenty to the Imagination
Arts & Leisure, February 3

A blockbuster exhibition brings together more paintings by the Dutch master than ever before. Yet he remains a mystery, despite efforts by authors, filmmakers and researchers to fill the empty space.

Jon Klassen Reviews the Most Complete Collection to Date of Eric Carle’s Animal Art
Book Review, February 3

Klassen had been influenced by the quietly revolutionary artist before Carle made a single book for children.

In the Age of A.I., Major in Being Human
Op Ed, February 3

How to acquire the skills no machine can have.

Mira Lehr, Artist Who Explored Nature’s Distress, Dies at 88
Obits, February 2

She helped found a gallery for women artists in Miami Beach and, influenced by an early Buckminster Fuller experiment, focused her art on ecology.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, a Master of Mutability
Weekend, February 2

An ultra-polished survey of the artist’s works at David Zwirner — some not seen before — demonstrate how preservation and change can coexist.

Valentine’s Day 2023 Gift Guide: What T Editors Covet Most Right Now
T Style, February 2

Essentials for a romantic night at home, sophisticated sweets and more recommendations from T Magazine.

Art Gallery Shows to See in February
Weekend, February 1

Looking for new art in New York this weekend?‌ ‌Head uptown for Latin American Conceptualists, and don’t miss Andrea Fraser’s first show at Goodman.

Small and Scrappy Is the Way for London’s Galleries After Brexit
Culture, February 1

The city’s art market is shrinking and some major players have left. But young dealerships presenting work by emerging artists are springing up in their place.

A Modern Take on the Hudson River School Tradition
Culture, February 1

In his first show at Gagosian, opening Thursday, the painter Cy Gavin explores the land that has both empowered and inspired him.

Tate Modern’s Viewing Platform Is a Nuisance, Top U.K. Court Says
Culture, February 1

For years, tourists could look from the top of London’s most popular art museum into the apartments opposite. Soon, they may be permanently stopped from doing so.

Creator of Divisive King Monument Builds Sculpture for Super Bowl
Culture, February 1

The steel sculpture by Hank Willis Thomas features a football and will be displayed outside State Farm Stadium on Feb. 12.

William Agee, Leading Art Curator and Teacher, Dies at 86
Obits, January 30

His exhibitions and his writings expanded the view of American Modernism, and his decades of teaching shaped future scholars and curators.

Jewish Heirs Sue Guggenheim Over Ownership of a Prized Picasso
Culture, January 29

The museum says the painting’s owner, who sold it after fleeing Nazi Germany, made a “fair transaction.” His heirs say he sold under duress.

Alfred Leslie, Artist Who Turned Away From Abstraction, Dies at 95
Obits, January 28

“The virtual banishment of figuration and narrative from the vocabulary of so many thoughtful artists was one of the legacies of the modernists,” he said. “I never accepted this.”

Chefs and Bartenders Are Injecting New Life Into Taiwan’s Oldest City
T Style, January 27

Grilled beef tongue and black-sesame espresso martinis await in Tainan.

Young, Old and Progressive Together
Letters, January 27

Readers write about progressives of all ages. Also: A defense of Benjamin Netanyahu; a gift to the Met; college experiences; H.I.V. programs.

The Forgotten History of Chinese Railroad Workers Rises From the Texas Dust
Weekend, January 26

In a creative departure, the artist Kenneth Tam spent the last year creating sculptures that honor the lives of Chinese laborers in Texas who helped build the country’s railroad system.

A Curator Unbound: First She Was Fired. Then She Found Freedom
Culture, January 25

Helen Molesworth charts a new course with podcasts and a show at the International Center of Photography focusing on artists’ images of artists.

Executive Director of Museum of the Moving Image Exits After 12 Years
Weekend, January 25

Carl Goodman, who has been at the museum for 34 years in total, will next serve as the president of the Florida Holocaust Museum.

What’s in Our Queue? SZA and More
Interactive, January 25

I’m a reporter on The Times’s Styles desk. Here are the five things I’ve been loving as of late.

An Artist Who Blends Secular and Sacred (With Sequins)
Arts & Leisure, January 25

Myrlande Constant’s tapestries, drawn from Haitian Vodou traditions, take textile art to new heights with exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles.

Move Over Moses and Zoroaster: Manhattan Has a New Female Lawgiver
Culture, January 25

The artist Shahzia Sikander calls the eight-foot sculpture she has placed atop a New York courthouse an urgent form of “resistance.”

Baltimore Museum of Art Taps Its Chief Curator as Its Next Director
Culture, January 24

Asma Naeem, raised in Baltimore, will lead the city’s pre-eminent art museum as it faces unionization and equity efforts.

The Philip Guston Hoard: A Boon or Overkill?
Culture, January 23

The gift of 220 artworks from the artist’s foundation to the august Metropolitan Museum of Art seems at odds with the institution it hopes to become.

$20 Million Worth of Looted Art Returns to Italy From the U.S.
Foreign, January 23

The authorities of the two countries have worked together to round up statues, vases and bronzes, some of which had appeared in American museums.

Dick Polich, Artists’ Ally in the Creation of Sculptures, Dies at 90
Obits, January 20

His cavernous Hudson Valley foundry helped Louise Bourgeois, Richard Serra, Jeff Koons and many others turn their large-scale visions into reality.

The Unforgettable Meets the Unimaginable at the Winter Show
Weekend, January 19

Back to its home in the Park Avenue Armory, the fair offers one-of-a-kind art from America’s earliest known free Black painter, and even a marble skull.

The Met’s Maya Show Asks: Can Art Ever Be Innocent?
Weekend, January 19

A riveting show at the Metropolitan Museum surveys the complicated art of the ancient Maya, in which beauty and brutality are surreally entangled.

La curadora latina del Whitney que agita el mundo del arte
en Español, January 19

El paso de la puertorriqueña Marcela Guerrero por el museo es palpable: textos murales y catálogos bilingües; técnicas de mercadeo para llegar a públicos diversos; compras y exposiciones que consideran a artistas latinos.

How the Whitney’s Top Latino Curator Is Shaking Up the Art World
Culture, January 19

In her five years at the museum, Marcela Guerrero has helped broaden the scope of artists and audiences as the Hispanic population continues to grow and museums try to reflect more diverse audiences.

36 Hours in Houston
Interactive, January 19

If you have a taste for dynamism and beautiful complexities, Houston is your buffet – and eating is the town sport.

Dayanita Singh’s Hands-On Photography
Culture, January 18

The Indian artist’s physical approach to making and presenting pictures chimes with their intimate content, as the largest exhibition of her work to date shows.

Party Like It’s 1959
Weekend, January 18

They were crazy, cramped, messy and threatening — but the Happenings of the early 60s just might be the missing link between Dada and today’s immersive art.

A French City Appeals to Madonna for Clues About a Long-Lost Painting
Express, January 18

The painting “Diana and Endymion” disappeared from Amiens, France, more than a century ago. The city’s mayor says Madonna could hold a key to the mystery, but experts say the pop icon has nothing to do with it.

‘Slave Masks’ on Exhibit in Brooklyn
Styles, January 18

GBA, a new art collective, displayed work by the artist Lakea Shepard at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn.

Painter Awarded $2.5 Million in Dispute Over Work He Denied
Culture, January 17

The owner of a painting and a gallery had sued Peter Doig, insisting he falsely denied creating the work. But a federal judge ordered sanctions after ruling there was no evidence of that.

Man Charged With Murdering His Wife in Closely Watched New England Case
Express, January 17

Brian R. Walshe of Cohasset, Mass., was under house arrest for having sold fake Warhol paintings when he killed his wife and the mother of his three children, Ana Walshe, prosecutors said.

After 220 Years, the Fate of the Parthenon Marbles Rests in Secret Talks
Culture, January 17

The British Museum and Greece’s prime minister are getting closer to a deal on returning the so-called Elgin Marbles to Athens. But key differences remain.

Obsessed by the Present, Who’s Got Time for Old Masters?
Culture, January 16

Paintings from before 1850, once a bedrock of the market, now account for just a tiny percentage of auction sales. Instead, buyers want works by living artists with a strong Instagram presence.

In Boston, ‘The Embrace’ Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy
Culture, January 16

The bronze sculpture, by the artist Hank Willis Thomas, symbolizes the hug Dr. King and Coretta Scott King shared after Dr. King won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

As Russians Steal Ukraine’s Art, They Attack Its Identity, Too
Foreign, January 14

Russian forces have looted tens of thousands of pieces, including avant-garde oil paintings and Scythian gold. Experts say it is the biggest art heist since the Nazis in World War II, intended to strip Ukraine of its cultural heritage.

Turning Trash Into Poetry
Arts & Leisure, January 13

Ser Serpas, a young artist known for kinetic arrangements of discarded furniture, opens up about her expressive way of processing the used world.

In Hale County, Alabama, Two Visions of Place
Weekend, January 12

Inspired by the pioneering photographer William Christenberry, RaMell Ross moved to the Deep South and found fertile terrain. Now Pace Gallery puts their art in conversation.

Murillo, Not So Saintly: A Quiet Master Reassessed
Culture, January 12

In the 17th century, plague and famine devastated Seville. The Baroque painter turned this strife into engrossing parables of a Golden Age in decline.

Murillo, Not So Saintly: A Quiet Master Reassessed
Arts, January 12

In the 17th century, plague and famine devastated Seville. The Baroque painter turned this strife into engrossing parables of a Golden Age in decline.

Ann Gillen: Sculpting in Plain Sight
Arts, January 11

The ideal of art as a public good has fortified her long career and some 30 commissions around New York.

Ann Gillen: Sculpting in Plain Sight
Weekend, January 11

The ideal of art as a public good has fortified her long career and some 30 commissions around New York.

AI’s Best Trick Yet Is Showering Us With Attention
Magazine, January 11

Face filters and selfie apps are so compelling because they simulate limitless interest in what we look like.

Can the Sydney Modern Change How a ‘Sporting Nation’ Sees Itself?
Culture, January 10

An extension to the Art Gallery of New South Wales brings 21st-century design to a city that has often had a love-hate relationship with future-forward art.

Your Monday Briefing: China Reopens
Dining, January 8

Also, Brazilians storm government offices and the Times investigates a 2021 Kabul airstrike.

A Lecturer Showed a Painting of the Prophet Muhammad. She Lost Her Job.
National, January 8

After an outcry over the art history class by Muslim students, Hamline University officials said the incident was Islamophobic. But many scholars say the work is a masterpiece.

Looking for Elbow Room, Louvre Limits Daily Visitors to 30,000
Culture, January 6

With attendance surging back, the museum wants to offer “a moment of pleasure” — and relieve that Mona Lisa problem.

Your Thursday Briefing: China’s Snarled Covid Data
N Y T Now, December 14

Plus France just beat Morocco to advance to the World Cup finals.

After a Covid Contraction, Museums Are Expanding Again
Special Sections, October 20

Projects all over the country include renovations and new wings as institutions continue to bet on bricks and mortar.

San Francisco’s Art Market Struggles in the Shadow of Los Angeles
Culture, August 29

Though some small galleries are opening or expanding, the mega dealers have closed shop, a blow to an area with a vibrant artistic history.

Dmitri Vrubel, Who Planted a Kiss on the Berlin Wall, Dies at 62
Obits, August 19

A Russian-born painter, he created a mural of the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev smooching the East German leader Erich Honecker — and with it a tourist attraction.

Covid. A Coma. A Stroke. José Parlá Returns From the Edge.
Culture, July 31

After a lengthy recovery, the artist comes back with the most vigorous work he’s made: “It took me a really long time to understand what had happened to me.”

London Modern and Contemporary Auctions: A Market Minus the Froth
Culture, July 1

The prices — $36.9 million for Monet paintings, and $52.8 million for a Francis Bacon — show that even as Britain’s share of the global art market has decreased, it’s an important player.

Covid Memorials Offer a Place to Put Our Grief
Culture, May 5

From “anti-monuments” to ephemeral sand portraits, four art exhibitions encourage viewers to slow down and take stock of our pandemic losses.

Manhattan Springs Back to Life
Travel, May 5

Broadway enthusiasts, art aficionados and food lovers will find new offerings in and around Times Square and in neighborhoods below 42nd Street, heralding the promise of a vibrant recovery.