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On Crypto Art and the Aura

Another co-authored article on NFTs—“The Afterlife of the Aura” out on the Atheneum Review website. The “aura” is what makes the experience of viewing Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in the Louvre, or his drawings at the Met, different from looking at their images in a book. It is inseparable from the viewer’s visceral reaction to […]

The Brave New World of NFT art

Athenaeum Review just published a co-authored article “The Marriage of Art & Money” on the ubiquitous topic of digital art NFTs. The relationship between art and money has always been symbiotic. It has been equally true with papal patronage in sixteenth century, and with the interwar European avant-garde whose fortunes, according to Greenberg, were inexorably […]

Wayne Thiebaud’s “Clowns”: exhibition tour

Last month, the Laguna Art Museum recorded my tour of Wayne Thiebaud’s “Clowns.” This exhibition includes over forty items that compose the painter’s latest circus-themed body of work. The show has been installed at the museum since early December 2020, but is yet to be opened to to public due to Covid-19 restrictions. In this […]

Wayne Thiebaud’s “Clowns”: catalogue essay

I am delighted to have had a chance to contribute an essay for the catalogue of Wayne Thiebaud’s Clowns exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum. You can purchase the catalogue in LAM’s online store.

Wayne Thiebaud’s “Clowns”: Online Lecture

Art historian Julia Friedman discusses the great California artist’s work, including his latest paintings currently on view in the exhibition Wayne Thiebaud: Clowns.

LAM California Cool 2021 Auction Highlights: Virtual Tour

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 annual California Cool Auction at the Laguna Art Museum is entirely online. Here is my virtual tour of the auction where I highlight some of this year’s hidden gems.

Classicism by Decree: “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again”

Athenaeum Review, Issue 5, Winter 2021 The Winter 2021 issue of arts and humanities quarterly Athenaeum Review is out on newsstands. Its Current Affairs section contains my essay “Classicism by Decree” (pp. 148–155) about an attempted change in the aesthetic direction of federal architecture in the US. Since 1962, the General Services Administration (the same […]