Latest from Sebastian Smee
  • Perspective
Richard Diebenkorn wanted painting to be difficult. Self-imposed obstacles helped him arrive at greatness.
  • Jul 8, 2020
Authors addressing the art of conversation can teach us a lot about improving public discourse — and maybe our love life.
  • Jul 8, 2020
  • Perspective
This great African American artist must have been in a bleak frame of mind when he created ‘Moon Over Harlem.’
  • Jul 1, 2020
Arthur Jafa’s “Love is the Message, the Message is Death” expresses 100 years of the black experience in just seven minutes, with help from Kanye West.
  • Jun 26, 2020
Wherever there is power, there are images of power, and wherever there are images of power, there is iconoclasm.
  • Jun 12, 2020
  • Perspective
“The End” is just that — the moment when a movie rolls to a stop.
  • Jun 10, 2020
He was already one of the most celebrated artists alive. Now, his work looks more poignant than ever.
  • Jun 9, 2020
As the pressure builds daily, the artwork becomes more urgent and pointed.
  • Jun 5, 2020
  • Post Reports
Anger boils over in Minneapolis in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. Understanding what happened in Central Park. And a powerful painting captures another unsettling time in America.
  • May 29, 2020
  • Perspective
Before Hitler came to power, Max Beckmann was Germany’s most acclaimed modern artist.
  • May 27, 2020