Mark Stevens

  1. Gentle GiantThe early Renaissance genius Fra Angelico painted even crucifixions with a glowing, ineffable warmth.
  2. Wow! Neat-o!Elizabeth Murray embraced Pop Art’s playfulness without succumbing to chilly detachment.
  3. Way Outside the BoxIn Santiago Calatrava, New York may have found an architectural savior. And lucky for us, he’s even moving to town.
  4. Scribble ScribbleHow Van Gogh rendered his flickery world in the hard lines of pen and ink.
  5. Is New York Too Safe?Our buildings are boring, our cultural institutions tentative, our sex lives constrained. Maybe a world-class city shouldn’t be quite so thoroug […]
  6. Constructivist CriticismMasterpieces abound in the Guggenheim’s “Russia!”—but it all seems too official.
  7. Ink-Stained WretchesThe mad geniuses of “Obsessive Drawing” doodle around the outside edges of outsider art.
  8. Iron JoanOne could easily have written off Joan Snyder as too earnest and cuddly. But there’s steel under those warm fuzzies.
  9. Who Ya Gonna Call?A century of attempts to catch a spirit in the act.
  10. In Van Gogh’s Drawing RoomBy organizing an exhibition of his drawings instead of paintings, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will give us a somewhat less familiar portrait […]
  11. Floating OpusMore than 30 years after the artist’s death, a wonderful Robert Smithson folly bobs up at Manhattan’s edge.
  12. Hooked on ClassicsThe Guggenheim’s Mapplethorpe exhibit places the artist in a Mannerist frame.
  13. Waking the DeadThe Matisse and Cézanne shows prove that smart curators can refresh even the most overexposed artists.
  14. The MaximalistThe Whitney brings a little of Robert Smithson’s outward-looking art back into the white box.
  15. Better Art Through ChemistryTwo ICP shows demonstrate that the earliest photographers were artists as well as technicians.
  16. Surrealism U.S.A.The enormous Lee Friedlander retrospective shows us America in all its garish glee.
  17. Bad ImpressionA critic confesses: I hate Monet.
  18. Collision Course With RealityNot quite a photorealist, not quite a photographer, Malcolm Morley gives an ironic kick to painting’s oldest function: documenting the familiar.
  19. Jaded BeautyJack Goldstein and Gregory Crewdson continue dancing on the line between earnest and distanced.
  20. The Interpretation of DreamsGritty and grounded, Max Ernst managed to dig out the more substantive side of Surrealism.
  21. Toxic CutenessAt the Japan Society’s “Little Boy,” Hiroshima leads directly to Hello Kitty.
  22. Has Damien Hirst Jumped the Shark?The provocateur’s new paintings still can’t get much beyond his need to shock.
  23. American Graffiti“Basquiat” is a bit too reverent, but it catches the messy energy of the artist in his moment.
  24. Naked EyeDiane Arbus’s raw brilliance is exposed beautifully at the Met.
  25. Curtain UpThe Gates may be a minor Christo work, pooh-poohed by the art Establishment. But as event, as spectacle, as public gesture—w […]
  26. In Black and White“Ellen Gallagher: DeLuxe” confronts issues of race not with hectoring but with clever, even antic, satire.
  27. Lush LifeDrawings by Rubens and Twombly form a perfect duo—with more in common than you might expect.
  28. Middle Eastern StudiesA century’s worth of proletarian portraits gives the Arab world a very different face.
  29. His Old Kentucky HomeRalph Eugene Meatyard’s eerie, gorgeous portraits of children walk a line between sentimental and gothic.
  30. Everything WentThe New Museum’s survey of the East Village art scene is loose and shaggy—but so was the real thing.
  31. Museums Got Supersized.Moma, the Met, the Whitney, and the rest of the art world joined an expansionist arms race.
  32. Beyond the FrameTwo shows explore the flickery, lively niche between painting and video art.
  33. Gentle GiantThe reborn Museum of Modern Art is determinedly low-key—benefiting both the visitor and the art.
  34. The Mona Lisa of Mount VernonGilbert Stuart’s Washington portraits evoke art history’s most famous—and enigmatic—smile.
  35. A Uniter, Not a DividerIsamu Noguchi was a man of dualities: West and East, coarse and refined, optimist and realist.
  36. When de Kooning Was KingHow the Dutch Abstract Expressionist helped redefine New York cool.
  37. You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry“Comic Grotesque” recalls an era of German satire with an outrageous, vicious bite.
  38. Guts and GloryThe Guggenheim’s Aztec show revels in brutal theatricality; the Met’s China exhibit goes for the Buddhist steeliness of inner peace.
  39. Bohemians at the GateAuthorities closed down a show at JFK’s grand, shuttered TWA terminal after the opening got out of hand. Too bad: The building alone is worth a […]
  40. Stairway to NirvanaThe old Barneys building in Chelsea—with spiral staircase intact—is reborn as a lovingly curated museum of Himalayan art.
  41. Everything Is IlluminatedAtsuko Tanaka’s plugged-in dress has managed to do what most other performance art can’t: maintain its power for decades.
  42. A Hundred George Ws Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  43. Glass ActMoMA returns from Queens bigger and bolder.
  44. Poster ChildrenA tour of the city during the Republican National Convention suggests that contemporary political art is in a sorry state.
  45. Matter of Life and DeathIn the soot drawings and elaborate organic-looking sculptures of Lee Bontecou, glimpses of the eternal.
  46. California DreamingHow Ed Ruscha’s drawings and photographs— of signs, gas stations, parking lots—put viewers in an L.A. state of mind.
  47. Human NatureAt the Whitney, an artist who didn’t try to change the environment so much as become a part of it, almost fusing her body with the earth.
  48. 60 Flowers BloomAt the Asia Society and ICP, 60 photographers and video artists offer telling glimpses of a changing, post-Maoist China.
  49. Tables d’HauteAt the Met, the beautiful—and unabashedly elitist—furniture of Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Art Deco’s greatest designer.
  50. School’s OutFour shows around town offer fresh looks at some familiar painters. Who knew there was anything more to learn about Modigliani?
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