The Ascetic Beauty of Brancusi
Few artists encapsulate the story of the early twentieth-century avant garde more alluringly than Constantin Brancusi. Within a few years, he had somehow managed to apprentice with Rodin. Then, throwing out the master’s methods, he completely redefined what sculpture was.
July 28, 2018
When Art Makes Us Cry
Art can do many things: dazzle us with its energy, its originality, its technical virtuosity; amuse, unsettle, or outrage us; comment on the culture in which we live; give us pleasure and provide us with intimations of mysterious beauty. It can touch us in ways that transcend the limitations of language. But less and less frequently does contemporary art do what Marina Abramović’s “The Artist is Present” appears to have done—to inspire its viewers with anything approaching an extreme emotion.
September 6, 2012
Modernism in the Kitchen
Cooking odors grow stronger as visitors approach the gallery where *Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen*—a stimulating show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art on food preparation in the twentieth-century home—is installed. Although the aromas actually emanate from a café next to the second-floor exhibition, the pervasive food smells that can be so distracting throughout the restaurant-riddled MoMA are for once appropriate here.
January 21, 2011