Three posts from the MAN archives I’m thinking about today, and why:
- The Photographs of Homer Page. Nelson-Atkins curator Keith Davis, mega-respected by his peers, little-known otherwise, brought Page back from the roster of the neglected. For two years now, every time I’ve seen an Arbus, I’ve realized how much Page made her work possible.
- Armed with some new data from museums around the United States, I’ll have something to say about museums and admissions fees next week. Meanwhile, consider the attitude of big museums in, say, Philadelphia and Chicago toward art and accessibility.
- For the love of small paintings. I’ve spent the week thinking a lot about Terry Winters, who gave good lecture at the National Gallery of Art yesterday. As I’ve been noting on Twitter, as he gets older he seems to paint closer to his contemporary Philip Taaffe. And to Matisse’s Vence Chapel work. With some of David Reed’s opaqueness thrown in.
- The fourth-most-read culture story on The Guardian’s culture website is the UK paper’s Hedda Sterne obit. Cannot explain. But I can remind you that earlier this week MAN did a killer Q&A on Sterne with critic/journalist Sarah Boxer.