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, […]

Words and Images Commingle in Social-distance Intimacy

August 17, 2020

In a time long ago, before photography, and certainly before the internet or widespread world travel, words were the primary conduit to experiencing an artwork from afar. Words aspired to, in the best of circumstances, convey the essence and the sensation of being in the presence of an artwork to readers who might never see […]

SPRING/BREAK 2020: Less Rowdy and a Little More Grown Up

March 6, 2020

It seems almost comical that this year’s theme for the SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York is “IN EXCESS.” I feel obligated to ask: When was that never the case? Celebrating its ninth edition in the borough of Manhattan, the preeminent satellite fair of New York’s Armory Week, has always celebrated surplus, overabundance, and superfluity: […]