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Pakistani-American painter Ambreen Butt imbues traditional miniatures with timely social criticism

My article “Pakistani-American painter Ambreen Butt imbues traditional miniatures with timely social criticism” appears in The Art Newspaper. (Ambreen’s website is here.)

Why Andy Warhol’s Brillo pads — and a million other things — are kosher

My article “Why Andy Warhol’s Brillo pads — and a million other things — are kosher,” which riffs on the major Warhol retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, appears in Religion News Service.

In 25 years, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art hasn’t shied from risks

My article “In 25 years, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art hasn’t shied from risks” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

What’s in a name? Why the Hague’s Gemeentemuseum will soon become the Kunstmuseum

My article “What’s in a name? Why the Hague’s Gemeentemuseum will soon become the Kunstmuseum” appears in The Art Newspaper. Here’s my broader email interview with Gemeentemuseum director Benno Tempel: MW: I’m so fascinated by this decision to change a museum’s name. Are you aware of others who have done this from whom you’re drawing inspiration? Benno […]

How Barbara and Aaron Levine Became Two of America’s Most Committed Collectors of Conceptual Art

My article “How Barbara and Aaron Levine Became Two of America’s Most Committed Collectors of Conceptual Art” appears in artnet.

Chess Life article about Chess Sets & Conflict

My article “Chess Sets & Conflict,” which reflects on the ways that chess sets, for centuries, have done double-duty as political and religious symbols, appears in the Dec. 2018 issue of Chess Life magazine. It may be accessed in PDF format via this link. To read the entire issue Chess Life, and to subscribe to […]

Museums’ mislabeling can leave visitors with misconceptions of biblical proportions

My article “Museums’ mislabeling can leave visitors with misconceptions of biblical proportions” appears in Religion News Service.

What If You Trivialize Hitler?

My article “What If You Trivialize Hitler?” — about the Holocaust art of Bruce Gendelman — appears in Mosaic magazine. (The Jewish Journal, LA, also excerpts it.) Here’s the lede: “How do you shoot the devil in the back?” asks the character played by Kevin Spacey in the 1995 movie The Usual Suspects. A similar […]

With striking juxtapositions, Nordic art unfurls at the Phillips Collection

My article “With striking juxtapositions, Nordic art unfurls at the Phillips Collection” appears in The Art Newspaper.

Hands-on research underpins a pioneering chiaroscuro woodcut exhibition

My article “Hands-on research underpins a pioneering chiaroscuro woodcut exhibition,” about a National Gallery of Art exhibit, appears in Art Newspaper.

  • Selected articles

    NMAAHC "The Imitation Game: Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?" Washington Post Magazine. March 3, 2019.

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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