| Jun 11, 2008
Jennifer Bornstein was a kid in a candy store -- with almost half a year to gorge herself. When Hammer Museum curator Allegra Pesenti asked Bornstein to rummage through the institution's huge collection of graphic work and put together a show of...
| Nov 8, 2009
The financial chickens came home to roost at the Museum of Contemporary Art a year ago, but on the eve of what's being dubbed "MOCA New," a 30th-anniversary celebration centering on the museum's biggest exhibition ever -- drawn almost entirely from its...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 4:36 AM
Norfolk Southern Corp. sold an abstract expressionist painting by Mark Rothko at a New York auction for about $3.7 million, The Virginian-Pilot reported.
The company is donating $1.5 million for the restoration of a steam locomotive for passenger...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 12:03 PM
It's talky, contrived and a little creaky, but John Logan's "Red," the two-actor play on the boards at Everyman Theatre, is also remarkably absorbing, even uplifting. Who knew art history could be so much fun?
Sorry, that sounds flip. And "Red" is...
| Nov 2, 2013
In John Logan's heralded play "Red," the brilliant, suffered-no-fools painter Mark Rothko doesn't have much patience for his new assistant, Ken.
"You have a lot to learn, young man," the artist says. "Philosophy. Theology. Literature. Poetry. Drama....
| Oct 16, 2013
| 9:46 PM
MADISON, Wisc. – Autumn is a season for seduction in the dairy state. Starting with thigh-high boots in Milwaukee and 18th century cruel intentions in Spring Green, Wisconsin's professional theaters are heating up as the weather turns colder....
| Sep 12, 2013
| 7:09 AM
In the 1970s, photorealistic painting was all the rage. Collecting was hot and exhibits popped up all over the world. Then it was gone.
"It flashed quickly and then burned out," said Cathleen Chaffee. "There was a lot of criticism after. When...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 9:56 AM
Emily Graslie, the first chief curiosity correspondent at the Field Museum, has been furiously filing YouTube videos about precisely what goes on behind those grand doors. As Steve Johnson reported in the Tribune this week, the 24-year-old known for her...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Baltimore helped the avant-garde painter Max Weber forge a national reputation in 1915. Now, nearly 100 years later, this could be the city where the late artist begins his long-overdue comeback.
It's not that critics and curators are unfamiliar with...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 12:11 PM
When T.S. Eliot was completing his cycle of poems called The Four Quartets in 1942, German bombs were falling near where he worked in London. Given the setting and his own often inscrutable intellectualism, this work — six years in the making...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Late last month, the Detroit Free Press ran a major article on a problem that seems unthinkable: the likelihood of the precious artworks in the Detroit Institute of the Arts being sold to help pay the crippling debts of the City of Detroit.
"It is an...