From the Archives

From the Archives

For 110th Anniversary, ARTnews Revisits ‘Paints a Picture’ Series


If you can believe it, ARTnews turned 110 this year, having continuously published since 1902. To mark the occasion, next month’s anniversary issue will revisit their “Paints a Picture” series from the 1950s, which–not to sound too hyperbolic or anything–includes some of the great pieces of art journalism ever. The publication will be looking back at their visits with Hans Hoffman, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell and Jackson Pollock. You can read Robert Goodnough’s classic “Jackson Pollock Paints a Picture” here. Read More

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Revisiting the 1978 ‘Bad Painting’ Exhibition at the New Museum

Joan Brown, "Woman Wearing Mask." (Courtesy the New Museum)

In the extensive digital archives on the New Museum’s new web redesign, we found this page about the 1978 exhibition, “Bad Painting,”¬†organized by the museum’s founder, Marcia Tucker.¬†The show included so-called “bad” drawings and paintings by 14 different artists. Here’s the full list of participants (with hyperlinks to each artist’s exhibition history at Read More

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Some of Hilton Kramer’s Greatest Hits

hilton kramer

In his column about art for The New York Observer, Hilton Kramer, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 84, came to define this paper’s signature style. Most publicists would call it “snarky” (which is admittedly kind of true), though we prefer the phrase “New York’s Scorecard.” Kramer epitomized a sort of bitchy intellectualism that is sadly rare in a lot of writing about art and culture today (at least the intellectualism part). He could speak with as much wit and thoughtfulness about a forgotten modern painter as he could about the state of art institutions in New York. Below, a selection of some of our favorite pieces by Kramer, taken from The Observer archives. Read More