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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:

This American Art World

Thursday, May 14, 2015

As this week marks the first ever billion dollar week in art sales, how is the new Whitney meeting Michelle Obama's mandate to democratize art in America?

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Basquiat and Lawrence as Social Activists

Friday, April 10, 2015

Two new exhibits show how Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jacob Lawrence fought to portray the African-American experience in a white art world.

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The Woman in Gold: Masterpiece or Meh?

Friday, April 03, 2015

Neue Gallerie founder Ronald Lauder, who bought this painting for $135 million, says it’s the best in the museum’s collection. But WNYC's art critic says it's pretty underwhelming.

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Lincoln, the Jews and Sore Feet

Friday, March 20, 2015

A new exhibit shows the American president opposed anti-Semitism, which was rampant even among the generals in the Union army, and relied on a Jewish doctor to cure his troubled toes. 

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Screen Versus Self in the Museum

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Do we exist or are our lives on the screen more authentic than what takes place everyday in our kitchen?" asks art critic Deborah Solomon after visiting the New Museum's Triennial.

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A 200-Year Selfie Obsession

Friday, January 30, 2015

Artists have been painting themselves for centuries. A new show presents the good, the bad and the ugly.  

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The Inflammatory Art of Cartoons

Friday, January 09, 2015

Art Critic Deborah Solomon explains why the caricatures in the French magazine Charlie Hebdo can be so hard to take and how they relate to the new art show by filmmaker John Waters.

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Protest Photos Are the Best Art of 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

 The pictures of die-ins posted by ordinary citizens on Twitter offer a new visual language and connect with an emotional moment.

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Madame Cezanne: Muse or Object?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Paul Cezanne hid his relationship with Hortense Fiquet for 17 years — but featured her in 29 paintings.

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A Picasso Face-Off at Two Galleries

Friday, November 14, 2014

 Pace and Gagosian both have large exhibitions on the work of the Spanish master.

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Rudy Giuliani’s Most Reviled Artist Is Back

Friday, October 31, 2014

It’s been 15 years since the mayor threatened to cut funding to the Brooklyn Museum over Chris Ofili’s painting of a black Virgin Mary covered in feces. 

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25 Years in 25 Days (2006): Skyrocketing Art Sales

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Art critic and author Deborah Solomon, with artist Eric Fischl, look back on 2006 and how big money has affected NYC's art market and artists.

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Behind Every Great Piece of Art, There is Often a 20-Year-Old

Friday, October 17, 2014

Artists like Pablo Picasso, Jasper Johns and Egon Schiele created their best work before they were 30 — but how do current young Brooklyn artists stack up?

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Hey, Look, It's a Sculpture

Friday, October 03, 2014

Sculpture is often overshadowed by painting, but two new shows might help change that.

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Do You Like the Met's New Fountains? How About Their Politics?

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Metropolitan Museum has two new fountains, but some people don't like that they are named after David H. Koch.

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Art You Must See This Fall

Friday, September 12, 2014

Check out these highlights from WNYC art critic Deborah Solomon's top 10 art museums and "art neighborhoods" she's looking forward to visiting this season.

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Brooklyn Museum Director Steps Down

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Alan Lehman dropped the word "art" from the museum's name and brought to NYC a painting of the Virgin Mary decorated with elephant dung. Now he's retiring.

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Masters and High Heels: It's the Fall Art Season

Friday, September 05, 2014

WNYC art critic Deborah Solomon offers a preview of the shows she's anticipating — and the one she is dreading.

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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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