Enlightenment on Fifth Avenue

In the second floor hallway of the Metropolitan Museum, the opening wall text of Pastel Portraits: Images of 18th-Century Europe describes the physical components of pastel and concludes with the phrase “this little understood medium.” Juxtaposed on the adjacent wall are over-life-sized photographs of the pastel-making process. These gripping introductions to the Metropolitan Museum’s first pastel…

Seeing New York

How to paint the city: Wander around a lot. The more aimless, the better. Buy a good camera and always carry it with you. Take many, many photos. When wandering look for the common, the unexciting, the ordinary. Take note of these scenes knowing that you will make them extraordinary. Look for the contrasts: bright…

Laugh a Little

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was not a place I expected to find myself and other museum-goers laughing while looking at a show, yet that is exactly what happened when I visited Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine. Along with fellow viewers I was laughing and smiling at the foibles of human…