Deborah Solomon

Deborah Solomon is WNYC’s art critic and the author of several books, including American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell.

Deborah Solomon appears in the following:

In an Era of Selfies, Is Straight Photography Art?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Garry Winogrand's retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum reminds us of the virtues of the style known as "straight photography."

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Can Museums Cash In On Art?

Friday, August 08, 2014

Deaccessioning is "a little bit like burning your roof to heat your kitchen,” said WNYC art critic Deborah Solomon.

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Art That Reaches Beyond Palestine

Friday, July 25, 2014

Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar made headlines internationally when Israeli authorities refused to let him travel to New York for the opening of a show at the New Museum.

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Jeff Koons, the Inflation Artist

Friday, June 27, 2014

The artist's major retrospective is his first in New York City, and also the last for the museum's Marcel Breuer building uptown before it moves to the meatpacking district next year.

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A New York Artist Is Seeing the Light

Thursday, June 19, 2014

You’ve seen pictures, at least, of “Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on that September Morning,” the giant wall of blue paper tiles at the 9-11 Memorial Musuem. Now Spencer Finch is about to unveil a large-scale installation at the Morgan Library.

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De Niro, the Painter: Master or Mediocre?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Robert De Niro is hoping to bring national acclaim to his late father with a new documentary and gallery show in New York.

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The Sugar Baby in the Sugar Factory

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kara Walker's installation at the soon-to-be-demolished Domino Sugar Factory features a 75-foot-long, 35-foot-tall sphinx made out of sugar.

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Pollock on Uniqlo T-Shirts: Appalling or Perfect?

Friday, May 09, 2014

You may not be able to afford a $20 million Andy Warhol, but don’t despair. You can get a $20 Warhol T-shirt.

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Context and An Exhibit: Ai Weiwei at the Brooklyn Museum

Friday, May 02, 2014

An exhibit of Ai Weiwei's work is up at the Brooklyn Museum. Deborah Solomon, art critic for WNYC, talks about the show, "According to What?" and the artist's work. Evan Osnos, staff writer for The New Yorker, and author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, talks about the artist's message and politics in China.

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Ai Weiwei's Provocative Art, Now in Brooklyn

Friday, April 18, 2014

Is he a great artist, or just a great social activist?

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Used and Abused: The Life of a Muse

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Many painting and sculpture masterpieces wouldn't exist if it weren't for a model who posed for hours, or even days. But life for these muses didn't always go well.

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Jasper Johns Shows His Regrets

Friday, March 21, 2014

American artists rarely express regret in their work, but a new show at MoMa featuring Jasper Johns, perhaps America's most celebrated living artist, grapples with darker material.

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Gauguin’s Prints Are Sexy, Too

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

A new show at MoMA highlights the French artist’s rarely-seen woodblock prints and woodcarvings.

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Art With A Stigma: Italian Futurism in NYC

Friday, February 21, 2014

The art movement has never before had a retrospective at an American museum, largely owing to its ties to Mussolini and the controversial views of its founder, who denounced museums, women, film and even pasta.

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A Chance to Paint the Museum's Walls

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Pawel Althamer's show at the New Museum includes a floor where the public is invited to draw with him.


Queens Museum Gets Very Real With Homeless Art

Friday, February 07, 2014

A gallery at the Queens Museum is stocked with 22 bunk beds. That's where the audience sits for a performance by formerly homeless people about their experiences.

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A Black Photographer Looking for Her Way in

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A veteran American photographer is getting her first major museum retrospective. Carrie Mae Weems' work, now at the Guggenheim Museum, focuses mostly on issues facing African Americans, such as racism and personal identity.


Degenerate Art: Hitler's War on Modernism

Friday, January 17, 2014

An upcoming museum exhibition and film remind us that German dictator Adolf Hitler declared a war on modern art, branding it as "degenerate," seizing it from private owners, and often selling it to help finance the Third Reich.

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MOCA Hires Dia Foundation's Phillipe Vergne

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Vergne is the second New York art leader in four years to be lured west by L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art. WNYC's art critic Deborah Solomon says the pick was a complete surprise.


Art Talk: The Four Art Shows to See Before the Year is Over

Friday, December 20, 2013

2013 was the year when New Yorkers stood in line for up to eight hours to go through a rainy, dark room. It was also the year when a painting of a tiny bird from the 1600's drew record crowds to a local museum. And when a famous rotunda was filled with anything but light.

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