Egypt: Three Encounters with Contemporary Art

August 19, 2022

I. Between visiting the five-thousand-year-old pyramids of Giza and heading south to the Valley of the Kings, where four thousand years ago ancient Egyptians began to cut tombs for their pharaohs, I toured Zamalek, a Manhattan-shaped island in the Nile River near Cairo. Thrumming with international students and filled with posh cafes, Zamalek is also […]

David Ebony’s Top 10 / NYC Spring

April 29, 2022

Below is a selection of some of the most memorable New York City art exhibitions of the season. The list contains museum as well as gallery shows, most of which are currently on view, and not to be missed. 1.) Charles Ray at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, through June 5.   This […]

Helen Pashgian: Presences

March 5, 2022

Helen Pashgian’s immersive retrospective at SITE Santa Fe brings the viewer into a semantic space that toggles with the space of pure perception. The viewer sees and then begins to think and question: What is one looking at? Where does the object begin in a controlled environment and where does it end? What is meant […]

Art In Every Way: Sophie Taeuber-Arp at MoMA

February 3, 2022

The Museum of Modern’s Art’s survey of Sophie Taueber-Arp, Living Abstraction, and the oeuvre it presents, is mesmerizing, so much so that I have been back to immerse myself in the world of Taeuber-Arp more than once. With the exception of certain problematic contextual gaps, I found the exhibition, like the work, to be simultaneously […]

In a mirror, darkly

November 16, 2021

Artists wrestle with the state of and effects of the Information Age at Kunsthalle Basel In 1970, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York showed Information, a group exhibition inspired by the beginning of what has now been termed the Information Age. Marked by the new and ever-increasing ability for people to access […]

RENOVATION RENAISSANCE

October 11, 2021

SNAPshot visits several of France’s premier art institutions that have been recently retrofitted or are about to be renovated. In these precarious times, a trip abroad feels like a veritable escape. So when a window opened that allowed US citizens to go to France, toward the end of summer, I jumped at the opportunity to […]

Thoughts About Catherine Howe

August 2, 2021

During the summer months, a visit from Catherine Howe is always welcome. Her arms are usually folded around a gift bouquet of rare beauty, harvested feet away from her bucolic studio. These plucked and carefully selected arrangements curve and swirl in organic arabesques, explode into fireworks, sputter and unfurl, dance and tremble. The trumpet shapes […]

Alice Neel’s “Collection of Souls”

July 28, 2021

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s current retrospective, Alice Neel: People Come First, opened on March 22—just a few months after New York City began distributing vaccines, and still months before most COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. After over a year of social distancing, quarantines, and mask mandates, the opening of the show, which largely featured portraits, […]