Tag Archives: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Notes from the Field: The Medium is the Message

View the New York Times ‘Interwoven Globe’ Exhibition Slide Show Follow @yaleARTbooks Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800 tells a fascinating history of global textile design through the intertwined narratives of trade across continents, oceans, and eras.  Drawing on The Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s incredibly rich textiles collection—much of which the museum has not publicly displayed—the […]

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Van Gogh at Work

Follow @yaleARTbooks Van Gogh struggled with volume. When at the age of 28 he decided to become an artist, he took to copying contours of nude models from a drawing guide called Exercises au fusain (exercises in charcoal). The figures were, sadly, flat and stiffly composed. Later in his career, after a soon-to-be ex-friend harshly […]

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A Peek Inside German Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1350–1600

Passing through the art section of a bookstore, you might find yourself arrested by the haughty gaze of Hermann von Wedigh III.  The young merchant sits confidently at a table against a brilliant blue background, with a small book resting by his right elbow. “Herman von Wedigh III,” a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger […]

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Punk: Chaos to Couture

Impossible Outfit: PUNK Edition

Dear Paper Doll, My 35th high school reunion is approaching. Though you’d hardly know it to look at me now – I’m an anesthesiologist (I claim this career choice was inspired by The Ramones) living in the suburbs, happily married with three beautiful children – back in the day my friends and I were the […]

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Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop

Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop

Follow @yaleARTbooks Caroline Hayes— The widely acknowledged use of Photoshop in modern photography does not mark the emergence of manipulated photography; rather, it is a progression, or perhaps even just a technologically altered form of the medium’s original processes. Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mia Fineman, chronicles […]

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Matisse: In Search of True Painting

Follow @yaleARTbooks The exhibition Matisse: In Search of True Painting explores Matisse’s practice of producing pairs of paintings, and the ways in which this practice influenced his development as artist.  Academically trained, Matisse learned composition and technique by copying older master paintings. This practice was not considered an empty, rote exercise but rather a valuable […]

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The Cloisters

Building the Cloisters

Follow @yaleARTbooks At first glance The Cloisters might be seen as an anachronism to its northern Manhattan neighborhood. Nestled within Fort Tryon Park (opened 1935), sitting above a grid of 1920s low-rise apartments, 1950s high-rise housing projects and the requisite array of fast food franchises, parking garages, and bodegas that dot the city, The Cloisters […]

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Extravagant Inventions

The Thanksgiving (Playing) Table

After the turkey has been carved, served, and eaten with thanks and all of the sides, after the pies have been admired and devoured, Thanksgiving Day calls for an extended time of post-meal relaxation – a recuperative period after the culinary undertaking and to support the digestive efforts.  There is usually a contingent among Thanksgiving […]

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Designing Nature

Rinpa Aesthetics and the Art of Poetry

Follow @yaleARTbooks Caroline Hayes— Upon visiting two exhibitions currently on display in New York City on the subject of the Japanese Rinpa aesthetic—at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art and at the Japan Society, Silver Wind: The Arts of Sakai Hōitsu (1761-1828)—I noticed a recurring motif: poetry. I […]

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Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years

Exhibition Tones: “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Years, Fifty Artists”

For decades, commentators have acknowledged Andy Warhol’s phenomenal impact on contemporary art. Unlike the many existing books about the artist, Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Yearsis the first full-scale exploration of his tremendous reach across several generations of artists who in key ways respond to his groundbreaking work. Including a major essay by Mark Rosenthal, […]

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