Scarred by defeat, they gave birth to a golden age of Danish art

Denmark’s great artists present a case study in responses to national trauma

By Sebastian SmeeFebruary 3, 2023

In the galleries: Fiber-based materials yield remarkable art

A multi-artist show focuses on fiber works, two exhibits cover the functions of flowers -- poisonous and otherwise -- and a photographer demonstrates the concept of anti-portraits.

By Mark JenkinsFebruary 3, 2023

Art history, not air pollution, explains changes in Monet’s paintings

Art isn’t science. A new study clouds the facts.

By Sebastian SmeeFebruary 1, 2023

Ta-da! Here we are! Three boys in 1967, pushing beyond the frame.

Youth and exuberance burst out of Billy Abernathy’s subtly surprising photograph, “The Screen.”

By Sebastian SmeeFebruary 1, 2023

In the galleries: Reimagining thresholds as frontiers

Artists explore the concept of a threshold beyond temporary space or simple pass-throughs, two artists focus on the endurance of trees and a printmaker puts the medium through intriguing paces.

By Mark JenkinsJanuary 27, 2023

In Edward Hopper’s New York, silence speaks volumes

The Whitney mounts a major exhibition of the work Edward Hopper made while living in New York.

By Philip KennicottJanuary 26, 2023

His bubbly pictures somehow evoked the true pain of love

Revisiting Watteau’s beloved clown, alone in merry company at the National Gallery of Art.

By Sebastian SmeeJanuary 25, 2023

In the galleries: The harsh beauties of a glacial season

Exposing winter's glories, a D.C. photographer focuses his lens outward, a paper-cutout expert depicts remarkable cityscapes and an artist's work draws from others' memories.

By Mark JenkinsJanuary 20, 2023

We’re a nation of joiners, a new show at the Library of Congress says

‘Join In: Voluntary Associations in America’ looks at the roots of Americans’ desire to fraternize freely.

By Mark JenkinsJanuary 18, 2023

Michelangelo praised her. Van Dyck painted her. We’re the fools who forgot her.

Sofonisba Anguissola painted more self-portraits than any Renaissance artist after Albrecht Dürer.

By Sebastian SmeeJanuary 18, 2023

I wanted to love the new Boston MLK statue. But it’s just awkward.

Hank Willis Thomas’s tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King has polarized opinion everywhere.

By Sebastian SmeeJanuary 17, 2023

I’ve been waiting half my life for this show. It’s magnificent.

A major Cy Twombly exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, explores the modern artist's infatuation with the ancient Mediterranean.

By Sebastian SmeeJanuary 14, 2023

In the galleries: Colorful shapes, dazzling drama

Intense color-field paintings, a scintillating show on NFTs and a survey of a revered artist's work depicting the avian world.

By Mark JenkinsJanuary 13, 2023

Michael Snow, Canadian artist on a ‘Wavelength’ of his own, dies at 94

He was best known for the 1967 film “Wavelength,” an avant-garde landmark comprising a slow, deceptively simple zoom across a New York City loft.

By Harrison SmithJanuary 12, 2023

Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico. But colonialism got there first.

At the Whitney, Puerto Rican artists reveal centuries of suffering laid bare by natural disaster.

By Philip KennicottJanuary 12, 2023

Marcel Duchamp painted this explosive nude masterpiece. Then he quit.

Modern art’s most influential trickster was hatched from the controversy surrounding “Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2)”

By Sebastian SmeeJanuary 11, 2023

Smithsonian show revels in the wonders of the White City of India

‘A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur’ dazzles the eye with works of intricate detail, exquisite craftsmanship and exuberant spirit.

By Mark JenkinsJanuary 10, 2023

John Grazier, penniless artist of striking perspective, dies at 76

He at times lived homeless even as his works were housed at galleries and museums in Washington and beyond.

By Emily LangerJanuary 6, 2023

In the galleries: Fragmented darkness with color and radiance

Two exhibits illustrate the artists' commanding use of color and form, and a multi-artist show commemorating the 140-year-old relationship between the United States and Korea.

By Mark JenkinsJanuary 6, 2023

A forgotten Impressionist is rediscovered at the Phillips Collection

Giuseppe De Nittis, an Italian working in Paris, died young and in debt, but left a magnificent legacy of work.

By Philip KennicottJanuary 5, 2023