Acclaimed art critics Roberta Smith (New York Times) and Isabelle Graw (Texte zur Kunst) have been writing about art for decades. During their discussion they will address the ways in which the rise of the internet and the subsequent expansion of online forms of art criticism, such as blogging and tweeting, have changed art criticism in recent years, their own experience writing “print criticism,” and the expansion of the world of contemporary art -- and its prices.
"I came from the Bronx during the 1930s, during the Great Depression," recounted the venable Jules Feiffer in front of packed house at his Academy lecture on Tuesday, April 15. "And I despised every second of it. I have no nostalgia for that period. For as long as I can remember being conscious, I remember thinking, I have to break out of this jail. I wanted out. I wanted to go to Manhattan, which I knew from the movies. It seemed a million miles away, even though it was only a half-hour subway ride—but who knew how to ride the subway? »
Frank G. Wisner, who has been the US ambassador to Egypt, Philippines, Zambia, and India, was a close friend of the late Richard Holbrooke. They met in 1964 and their families eventually became close. “That Holbrooke” is how Wisner’s mother referred to her son’s friend. Wisner visited Holbrooke when he was the US Ambassador to Germany, in 1993-1994, and heard then of Holbrooke’s idea to leave a presence in the Berlin as the US military was departing, after four decades of watching over the Western part of the divided city. »
Russian annexation of Crimea has dramatized the continuing tensions between President Putin and the West over the sovereignty of nations that emerged from the former Soviet Union. In their April 8 discussion, former US ambassador to Germany John Kornblum and the legendary Newsweek bureau chief and journalist Andrew Nagorski discussed Russia’s second occupation of the territory of a neighboring state in six years, which they argue has brought these differences to a full-fledged crisis -- and it could have a lasting effect on the future of Europe. »
"When the Metropolitan Museum was incorporated, in 1870," said Thomas Campbell, the current director of the storied American institution, "it did not own a single work of art." The Met was rather an inspired aspiration, Campbell said, based on European models. The story of the Met, in fact, is a story that begins in Paris almost 150 years ago, in 1866, the year after the end of the American Civil War. A group of Americans came together in Paris for a Fourth of July celebration. »
At her crowded April 1 lecture, “The Vibratory Cultures of Modern Art,” art historian Linda Henderson, an Ellen Maria Gorrissen fellow at the Academy this spring, proffered a novel history of modern art and its relation to early twentieth-century science. »