Thomas Cole @ Met

Thomas Cole is a crucial, but transitional, figure in the history of American landscape art, bridging the European world of myth and legend with the American world of boundless nature. This can be seen, most famously, in his five-part Course of Empire series in which the unspoiled world of the Native American gives way to […]

NY Art Fairs ’17/’18

Three days, three modern and contemporary art fairs in New York with no duplication, except for a lot of Warhol at each. TEFAF was far and away the classiest, in a beautifully decorated 67th St. Armory, tulips overhead and white wall hangings. This was not a fair to buy at, except for the very wealthy […]

Gallery Shows

Mnuchin, a local gallery that presents museum-quality shows, rounded up works from the ’80s by Sean Scully, one of my favorites for his rough, building-block construction works. In the ’80s, however, he hadn’t yet found his winning formula. He was advancing toward it, and that in itself was interesting to see; but compared to his […]

Valentin de Boulogne

The Met’s second big fall show opened last week, and as usual it is big: something like 40 of the 60 known paintings by Valentin de Boulogne – from the Louvre, above all, plus the Vatican, Indianapolis and several venues in Rome and Florence – have been gathered and, unfortunately, hung together. Unfortunate, because so […]


A quick but labored walk through the Met’s newest blockbuster exhibition, Jerusalem (1000-1400), made me wonder if I was ‘arted out,’ if I was going to museums out of habit or sense of duty and no longer able to truly enjoy myself. Yes, there were a few things that caught my eye, but for the […]

NY Museum Shorts

George Schastey The Met built a small show, Furniture in New York’s Gilded Age, around their “discovery” of furniture designer George Schastey, responsible for the Met’s newest period room, the dressing room from 4 West 54th Street completed in 1890 for Arabella Worsham, mistress and later wife of Colles Huntington. Period photographs allowed the Met […]


I gave the much-maligned Museum of Modern Art the benefit of my doubt by signing up for a discounted “senior New York in May” membership en route to a quick tour of the current exhibitions. Taking the elevator to the sixth floor I entered the lobby area of temporary shows, where a mass of seated […]

Van Dyck at the Frick

The exhibition of works by Anthony Van Dyck at the Frick Collection is really two shows – one extraordinary, one middling. In three downstairs rooms and one small cabinet upstairs, the Frick has assembled works on paper from the world’s great collections that show how perceptive and nimble, not to mention brilliant, Van Dyck was […]

NY Notes – April ’16

Our quick visit to New York mid-April was triggered by and centered on the Tribeca Film Festival’s world premiere of Haveababy, a Serin-produced documentary on in vitro fertilization that is reviewed elsewhere, very favorably I might add, on this website. In the lulls before and between screenings, I checked out and checked off a few […]

New York Notes

New York in November is a hotbed of art action, but in addition to the major shows and events – Picasso at MoMA, Stella at the Whitney, Egypt at the Met and the Print Fair at the Armory – there were the smaller, personal moments that were perhaps even more memorable. Five of them follow: […]