David Anfam


The Big Review: Willem de Kooning and Italy at the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice ★★★☆☆

A show studded with masterpieces by the Dutch-American Abstract Expressionist—but the Italian connection is tenuous

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Provenance: the Trojan horse that can make or break a work of art

The who, where and when of ownership can lead on to scholarly, ethical, legal and existential issues

The big review: Edward Hopper at the Fondation Beyeler

The Basel exhibition on the painter's landscapes takes a fresh look at the American icon

Barbican show in London aims to raise Lee Krasner’s profile

Exhibition continues the re-evaluation of the Abstract Expressionist who spent too long in the shadow of husband Jackson Pollock


Jackson Pollock's art gets lost in academic theory in new book

This scholarly overview of the artist’s work is modishly opaque

What debt does mid-century American abstract painting owe to Monet?

Exhibition in Paris attempts to draw connections between the Impressionist and Pollock, Rothko and friends—with mixed results


Books: Kirk Varnedoe’s Mellon lectures prove to be a fitting swansong for the famous MoMA curator

Given three months before his death, these last lectures are now in print

Books: Less opportunism and more rigour in study of Rothko, please

The 10 essays of Seeing Rothko are distinctly varied in quality


Books: Mark Rothko himself provides an important piece of the Ab Ex jigsaw puzzle

Rothko’s meditation on how to reconcile physical experience with ideas