Karen Michel

Karen Michel appears in the following:

In Animated, Oscar-Nominated Doc, A Man Turns His Brother In For Murder

Saturday, February 27, 2016

An animated film is up for best documentary short at the Oscars this year. It's only the second time an animated film has been in the running since the category was established in the 1940s. Last Day of Freedom is the story of Bill Babbitt, a man who turns his ...


With Artist Frank Stella, What You See Is What You See

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Frank Stella does huge work — some of it 20 feet tall and twice as long — so he has a suitably supersized studio about an hour's drive north of New York City. With hundreds of artworks and tables strewn with ideas in progress, the studio is a museum in ...


Pottery Winner: An Artist's Dark, Funny Oeuvre Gets Major Show

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ceramics artist Ron Nagle uses unconventional materials and bright colors to make odd, miniature marvels with punderful titles. His work has helped make modern ceramics a star at art museums.


Fresh Air Weekend: Sarah Silverman; 'Bridge Of Spies'; 'The Living Bird'

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Sarah Silverman opens up about depression and comedy. Critic John Powers reviews Bridge of Spies. Photographer Gerrit Vyn and writer Scott Weidensaul discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds.


Bassist Gary Peacock Is At The Soloist's Service

Sunday, September 06, 2015

"What can I play so that this person just plays the best he's ever played?" asks Peacock, who's backed up everyone from Bill Evans to Miles Davis to Keith Jarrett.


In This Museum, Visitors Can Eat At The Exhibits

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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Decades Before YouTube, Video Pioneers Captured Turbulent Era

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Back in the pre-digital era — when telephones were used for talking, not photographing and filming, and before YouTube came along to broadcast everyone's videos — capturing and disseminating moving images was expensive, time consuming and decidedly non-portable.

But that changed in 1967, when Sony introduced the world's first portable ...


Buzz Bin: A Proper Look At Where Kazoos Come From

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

They're the instrument anyone can play — but only two places in the U.S. make them, and only one makes the colorful plastic kind most people know. Karen Michel pays a visit to the latter.


Ahmad Jamal, 'A Musical Architect Of The Highest Order,' Keeps On Building

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

At 84, the acclaimed jazz pianist is still recording and touring. Among his many achievements is one that often eludes even the most beloved jazz artists: mainstream popularity.


Poughkeepsie: A City on the Edge

Thursday, December 25, 2014

As artists priced out of New York City head north, Hudson River cities are experiencing a renaissance. But not this historic city.

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New York Exhibitions Dance With Death Through Victorian Mourning Culture

Saturday, November 08, 2014

People often get flummoxed around death. Some get teary, others emotionally distant from the inevitable. An exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire," embodies that tension with mourning fashion from the mid-1800s to the early 20th century. It has multi-layered ...


The Man Who Casts The Metal For The Master Sculptors

Saturday, October 04, 2014

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With Blocks And Bricks, A Minimalist Returns To The Gallery

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Carl Andre is credited with changing the history of sculpture.

Now nearly 80, Andre once scrounged industrial materials — timber, bricks, squares and ingots of metal — and arranged them on the floor. No pedestals, no joints and no altering of the surfaces.

In 1970, the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan ...


Too Many Artists, Too Little Time: The Problems And Promise Of The Whitney

Friday, March 07, 2014

It's time again for the show that people love to hate: the Whitney Biennial, an overview of American art. Critics often trash it, but as Karen Michel says, this year's showcase has a few surprises.


Robert Indiana: A Career Defined By 'LOVE' No Longer

Sunday, January 05, 2014

In 1968, Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art bought a painting called LOVE — and made artist Robert Indiana famous. It became a sculpture, a stamp, greeting cards.

And it obliterated the rest of Indiana's career. The artist has been pretty much ignored by the art world for the past few ...


'Cutie And The Boxer': Two Lives Entwined At Home, In Art

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Japanese painter and sculptor Ushio Shinohara was the bad boy of the avant-garde when he came to the U.S. more than 50 years ago. He knew Andy Warhol, hung with Red Grooms and polarized audiences with his vivid work.

And Ushio met his wife, Noriko Shinohara, not long after arriving ...


For Judd Family, Home Is Where The (Rectilinear) Art Is

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The former studio and home of artist Donald Judd is in what used to be called the Cast Iron District of Manhattan. He bought the five-story building in 1968, long before the Gucci store and Ivanka Trump Boutique moved into the neighborhood. When Judd died in 1994, the house stayed ...


When Sculpting Cedar, This Artist Is Tireless And Unsentimental

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ursula von Rydingsvard makes huge sculptures out of red cedar. The 70-year-old is one of the few women working in wood on such a scale.

Her pieces are in the permanent collections of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art. And now they're also part of ...


Watching Arnold Mesches

Saturday, May 01, 2004

When the painter Arnold Mesches began making political artwork in the 1950s — including one painting series on the Rosenberg trials — someone else began surveillance of the painter’s life. Produced by Karen Michel.