Museum Tours

Watch Mario Batali Amble Around the Frick With Director Ian Wardropper

The Lunchbox Fund Fall Fete and "Feedie" App Launch

If your Thursday morning is getting off to a slow and lazy start, you could do worse things than watch renowned hedonist Mario Batali swing by the Frick with venture capitalist Fred Wilson (not to be confused with the other Fred Wilson). It’s for Mr. Batali’s program The High Road, something that we had no idea existed. It’s kind of like No Reservations for those with tiny attention spans. It’s 10 minutes long.

“This is one of the most important Rembrandts in the world,” Mr. Wardropper says, referring to Self-Portrait (1658), as a ponytailed Mr. Batali looks on, pensive. “It’s rather sardonic—it was painted shortly after he became bankrupt.” Read More

On View

‘Purple States’ and ‘Cafe Dancer Pop-Up’ at Andrew Edlin Gallery

Installation view of 'Purple States' at Edlin. (Courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery)

“Sometimes more is better,” Martha Stewart Living crows of its recent recipe for chocolate ice cream cake with hazelnuts and marshmallow swirl. Agreed, when it comes to ultra-decadent desserts. However, that almost never holds true for summer group shows. “Purple States,” though, is the rare and wonderful exception: a jam-packed smorgasbord of artistic delights that feels like even more than the sum of its excellent parts. Organized by the artist Sam Gordon, it includes a shambolic, multigenerational mixture of some 60 outré-minded artists, who are cleverly presented in pairs—one, a non-mainstream or folk figure, the other, a more mainstream practitioner with shared interests. Sans checklist, I had trouble telling some of them apart, which lays bare the false and silly (but long-held) “insider-outsider” dichotomy that now finally seems to be waning. Read More

On View

Garry Winogrand at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and ‘The Photographic Object, 1970’ at Hauser & Wirth

'New York' (1950) by Winogrand. (© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco)

It’s been 25 years since the last Garry Winogrand retrospective, and now is a great time to reflect on his polarizing photography. Through Winogrand’s prints, the current divide between what might be called “abstract” and “street” photography can be brought into clearer focus. This posthumous display of new work presents Winogrand as the father of the photography taught in many MFA programs across the country—a practice in which taking a picture means capturing what happens in front of a lens. Read More

Art Handling

See No Evil: Is Missing Artwork Sitting Inside Secure Storage Facilities?

(Illustration by Anthony Russo)

When expensive art is stolen, the question always arises: what can anyone actually do with it? Fence it for quick cash? Use it in a trade with prosecutors to reduce charges for some other crime? Perhaps. But some reports of recovered artworks, previously reported as stolen or missing, offer a different scenario. It is possible that some missing works are hidden right under the noses of investigators, in storage sites. Read More


Morning Links: Giuseppe Penone Edition

Installation view of Penone's 2013 show at Goodman in Paris. (Courtesy Marian Goodman)

Khaled Jarrar—a Palestinian artist featured in “Here and Elsewhere,” the New Museum’s Arab art exhibition that opens today—was prevented from traveling to New York by Israeli authorities. [The Art Newspaper]

“Corcoran Gallery responds to lawsuit trying to block takeover deal.” [Los Angeles Times]

Hauser & Wirth opened its new space in Somerset, England, to the public yesterday. [The Art Newspaper] Read More