Felix Gonzalez-Torres, a Master of Mutability

My old friend Shepherd Raimi, who had some 30 years on me, used to say over and over, mantra-like — I can still hear his voice — “Everything changes. All the time.” He wasn’t offering an observation. He was delivering a life lesson, to me, to himself, to anyone listening. Covid has recently pounded that … Read more

At the Met Museum, Richard Avedon at Large

He had reached the heights of the fashion industry, photographing the most beautiful models each month for Alexander Liberman’s Vogue; he was shooting Bette Davis and Barbra Streisand for mink coat advertisements, and Catherine Deneuve for the cover of Life. But it wasn’t enough anymore. Not professionally, and not personally. Not after the assassination in … Read more

As Energy Costs Bite, Museums Rethink a Conservation Credo

Since the first public museums were founded in the 18th century, one of their main roles has been to protect the artworks and artifacts they display. More recently, many of these institutions have employed teams of highly trained conservators to ensure their old master paintings don’t crack, their metal sculptures don’t rust and their wooden … Read more

Small and Scrappy Is the Way for London’s Galleries After Brexit

“I have no furniture. No toilet. Nothing,” said Freddie Powell, 29, a contemporary art dealer, standing in the bare, white-tiled box that has been his by-appointment showroom for the past 16 months. His tiny gallery, Ginny on Frederick, occupies a former sandwich bar in the Farringdon area of London and measures just seven feet wide. … Read more

Art Gallery Shows to See in February

Upper East Side ‘Political/Subjective Maps: Anna Bella Geiger, Magali Lara, Lea Lublin, and Margarita Paksa’ Through March 3. Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA), 50 East 78th Street, Manhattan; 646-799-9697, islaa.org. Visitors walking through Lea Lublin’s immersive installation “Fluvio Subtunal” (Subtunnel Flow), 1969, which offered participants a series of sensuously stimulating environments.Credit…Lea Lublin; … Read more

Cy Gavin’s Modern Take on the Hudson River School Tradition

Cy Gavin didn’t initially see moving into his upstate New York farmhouse as an act of defiance. In 2020, the artist simply wanted more space in which to live and to paint his dynamic, vibrant landscapes. But when people drove by, calling him names or throwing garbage; when he spotted racist signs in backyards, such … Read more

Tate Modern’s Viewing Platform Is a Nuisance, U.K. Supreme Court Says

Since 2016, the millions of tourists who flock each year to Tate Modern, London’s most popular art museum, have been able to do something unusual: stare into the apartments opposite, as if they were artworks. From a platform on the museum’s 10th floor built to offer panoramic views of the city, visitors could peer directly … Read more