Deborah Solomon is WNYC’s art critic and the author of several books, including American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell.
Is he a great artist, or just a great social activist?
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.
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.
A new show at MoMA highlights the French artist’s rarely-seen woodblock prints and woodcarvings.
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.
Pawel Althamer's show at the New Museum includes a floor where the public is invited to draw with him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Museums usually mount exhibits featuring one artist. Or a period in history. Or an art movement. But for the first time in its history, the Museum of Modern Art is devoting an exhibition to an art dealer.
Thanks to Donna Tartt's new novel, The Goldfinch, record crowds are flocking to the Frick Collection on the Upper East Side to see a small painting of a bird created almost 400 years ago.
From the line for Cronuts to the line for MoMA's Rain Room, there's a lot of waiting going on this summer. What's the longest you've waited on a line (or in a line), and what's your limit? Call in to 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692, and tell us where you draw the line for lines. Art critic and WNYC contributor Deborah Solomon talks about what's worth waiting for in the New York art scene this summer.