Michael Kimmelman

Michael Kimmelman is a longtime critic for The New York Times. A version of his essay in this issue will appear in the collection City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World, edited by Catie Marron and published in April by Harper.
 (April 2016)


Henri Matisse (center) and Hans Purrmann (right) dining with Michael, Sarah, and Allan Stein at their apartment at 58 rue Madame, Paris, circa 1908. The paintings in the background, all by Matisse, are The Young Sailor I (far left); Pink Onions and Male Nude (left column); Fruit Trees in Blossom, Woman in a Kimono, Nude Reclining Woman, and Nude before a Screen (center column); Madame Matisse in the Olive Grove, a sketch for Le Bonheur de Vivre, and Madame Matisse (The Green Line) (right column).


‘The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde’

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, May 21–September 6, 2011; The Grand Palais, Paris, October 3, 2011–January 16, 2012; and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, February 28–June 3, 2012

Unlikely Collaboration: Gertrude Stein, Bernard Fäy, and the Vichy Dilemma

by Barbara Will

Ida: A Novel

by Gertrude Stein, edited by Logan Esdale

April 26, 2012 issue

Leo Castelli and Andy Warhol at Robert Rauschenberg’s studio, New York City, 1965

A Very Wily Believer

Leo and His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli

by Annie Cohen-Solal, translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti with the author

January 13, 2011 issue

Andre Agassi and Roger Federer at the 2005 US Open, just after Federer defeated Agassi in the men’s final


Open: An Autobiography

by Andre Agassi

A Terrible Splendor: Three Extraordinary Men, a World Poised for War, and the Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played

by Marshall Jon Fisher

June 24, 2010 issue

Sergei Prokofiev receiving the Order of the Red Banner of Labor from Mikhail Kalinin Moscow, 1943; from Simon Morrison's The People's Artist: Prokofiev's Soviet Years

Bad Bargains for Russian Music

The People's Artist: Prokofiev's Soviet Years

by Simon Morrison

The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays

by Richard Taruskin

On Russian Music

by Richard Taruskin

August 13, 2009 issue

The Last Act

Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice

by Janet Malcolm

October 25, 2007 issue

Lone Star

Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould

by Kevin Bazzana

October 7, 2004 issue

The Saint

Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and the Intellectual Origins of the Museum of Modern Art

by Sybil Gordon Kantor

November 20, 2003 issue

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