Marina Abramovic’s retrospective at MoMA in 2010, “The Artist Is Present,” drew a record 800,000 visitors. As she often does, Ms. Abramovic used herself in her work, sitting silently in the MoMA’s atrium six days a week for two and a half months as people lined up to sit down across from her and stare Read More
Talk about a power couple. He’s the senior art critic for New York magazine, she for The New York Times. Together, they shape the New York art conversation, providing competing and compelling points of view in the world’s art capital.
Though married for 21 years, Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith approach art criticism in entirely Read More
From his start as the owner of a kitschy poster store in Los Angeles in the 1970s, Larry Gagosian has become the most influential art dealer since Joseph Duveen. He owns 12 major gallery spaces worldwide, including three in New York. He may not be known for discovering them, but his development of contemporary artists’ Read More
The New York art scene teems with wealthy collectors who mill about at cocktail parties, casually making judgments and freely swiping their black AmEx cards. But among the dilettantes, a veteran stands out. Her name is Agnes Gund. Ms. Gund is synonymous with art philanthropy in New York, a supreme influence in that world for Read More
New York City is filled with starving artists. Jeff Koons is certainly not one of them. Mr. Koons has become one of the world’s most famous living artists and has kept New York a center of contemporary art. The commodities broker-turned-visual artist, who now runs a factory-like art studio in Chelsea, recently sold his sculpture, Read More
For nearly four decades, James Levine reigned as the great conductor of the New York Metropolitan Opera. An accomplished violinist since childhood, he conducted his first show with the Met in 1971 and was named music director in 1976. Mr. Levine, a mop-headed coachman of minimal body language, turned a highly erratic, pretty good orchestra Read More
No art museum is more influential than New York’s Museum of Modern Art. And Glenn Lowry, in 17 years as director, has remade MoMA by greatly expanding its collection and physical space, solidifying its financial position and providing a defining New York cultural experience for three million people a year. Mr. Lowry also has been Read More
Cindy Sherman is one of the best-known photographers on the planet. Her photographs—in which she often uses herself as subject—have upended the way we see art history, the way men see women, the way women see themselves and the way we all see ourselves.
Though she started as a painter at Buffalo State College, Ms. Read More
In 2011, a chrome-plated statue of Andy Warhol, called “The Andy Monument,” was unveiled on the northwest corner of Union Square. (A project of the Public Art Fund, it was only a temporary installation and is currently being presented at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston until April.) Made by artist Rob Pruitt—considered the Warhol of Read More