Laurel Fehrenbach

Museum masterworks

How does one critique a museum exhibition with “Masterworks” in the title? What am I supposed to say about some of the most recognizable images in the history of art? Or how about the names like Degas, van Gogh, Monet and Picasso? Not much. Fortunately, they speak for themselves. The Phillips Collection has finally brought […]

Hiroshi Sugimoto exhibit: Simplified complexity

There are some museum exhibitions that are worth seeing because they are interesting, beautiful or popular. There are other museum exhibitions that are worth seeing because they are an experience. The Hirshhorn Museum’s featured show on photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto is one of the latter exhibitions. From start to finish the viewer enters Sugimoto’s world and […]

WEB EXTRA: A (forgettable) tale of two cities

At the beginning of the modernist era, Paris was the cultural center of the world and London was the financial center of the world. The two superpowers of Europe had a symbiotic relationship: whatever Paris produced London bought and sold; Paris provided the avant-garde talent and London provided the money to support the artists and […]

Cabin fever cure: Impressionism will cure the winter blues

If you feel like you need a dose of spring and color, drop whatever you are doing and go see the “C?zanne in Provence” exhibition at the National Gallery of Art. The day I went was one of those February days where the sun never seems to emerge from behind the gray rain clouds. Yet […]

Sean Scully: Artist lays another brick in the wall

If you are claustrophobic, beware: I would not recommend going to the Phillips Collection’s new exhibit “Sean Scully: Wall of Light.” The first half of the exhibition, comprised of Scully’s early abstract paintings, is quite nice to look at but the second half – the actual “Wall of Light” series – is like walking through […]