Kay Nielsen, The Hardy Tin Soldier, from Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen, 1924.

RETROSPECT

Kay Nielsen (1886-1957)

Narrative art is art that holds a story in it. It is as old as a simple clay bowl that holds life-giving water. The narrative…
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Installation view of “Andy Warhol: Shadows” photo by Brian Forrest. © 2014, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

RETROSPECT

Andy Warhol (1928–1987)

It seems the art critics think Andy Warhol’s Shadows painting (1978-79) at MOCA is the worst he has ever done—meaningless disco junk! One has to…
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Marsden Hartley, Arrangement—Hieroglyphics (Painting No. 2), 1914

RETROSPECT

Marsden Hartley (1877–1943)

A lover of Marsden Hartley’s landscapes, especially the “Dogtown” series, I have never been interested in his so-called cubist series depicting German symbols. Why would…
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Emil Nolde, Blue Sea (Blaues Meer), circa 1914, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll

RETROSPECT: Emil Nolde (1867–1956)

Indescribably Sublime, at LACMA

The inclusion of Emil Nolde in the excellent exhibition, “Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky” at the Los Angeles County Museum…
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National Geographic, Kuwait, 1991, photo by Steve McCurry, courtesy The Annenberg Space for Photography

Retrospect

The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years

 The photographs at the Annenberg Space for Photography of National Geographic magazine are cinema-size, faces larger than life, their suffering and innocence unbearable but attached…
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Henri Rousseau, Sleeping Gypsy, 1897

RETROSPECT: Henri Rousseau

I heard a rumor that some artists went to visit Henri Rousseau and were shocked that he put one of his paintings on the floor…
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