November 13, 2005 |
AS the Museum of Modern Art's refurbished and expanded building continues to pack in crowds in New York, the museum is reaching out to a young audience on the Internet. MoMA's teen website, Red Studio -- launched last year with an interview with artist Vito Acconci -- has a batch of new features designed to encourage 13- to 19-year-olds to spend some time with modern and contemporary art. What do you find if you visit www.moma.org/redstudio?
April 7, 2010 |
When Picasso incorporated motifs from African art into his paintings, it was seen as a step forward for modern art. No one thought about what it might mean for African traditions. After all, they were "primitive" and therefore frozen in time. Something similar might be said for our understanding of South Asian miniature painting. Although references to its diminutive, highly stylized depictions of aristocratic life or mythic stories have appeared in contemporary art -- Shahzia Sikander's work being the most prominent example -- there has been little discussion about how the miniature tradition itself has evolved.
June 5, 2011 |
The Mogul emperor Shah Jahan sits cross-legged, in three-quarters profile, wearing a magnificent purple robe, jewels draped around his neck, a gold cloth wrapped around his head. His fine features are set off by a full beard and a slight smile. The emperor, who ruled India for 30 years and built the Taj Mahal, sits in the center of a busy painting, a constellation of supplicants swirling around him like planets orbiting a star. The small but lovely picture, no bigger than a laptop screen, depicts the Persian Ambassador Muhammad Ali Beg offering tribute to Shah Jahan.
April 28, 2002 |
"Video," a group of 10 stories by a new Indian writer, Meera Nair, had a little sizzle of celebrity a while back: The title story won the first PEN/Amazon.com short-story contest for unpublished writers in 2000 but was subsequently disqualified because another of her stories had been published in the Threepenny Review.
March 21, 1997 |
People usually expect artists to be free of the audience considerations demanded of popular culture. As Lily Tomlin once wryly observed of her profession: "After all, they don't call it 'show art.' " Well, they can now. Show art, as distinct from show business, has arrived. It's the name I would give to the ethos of the 1997 Biennial Exhibition that opened Thursday at the Whitney Museum of American Art here.
September 19, 2006 |
A UCLA mathematician sometimes called the "Mozart of Math," a Stanford University aviation engineer using abstract mathematical principles to help prevent airborne collisions, a San Francisco entrepreneur developing affordable drugs for neglected diseases in Third World countries and a Palo Alto engineer helping the blind read are among the 25 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants. Each winner will receive $500,000 over five years to use as they see fit.