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Guggenheim’s Throne

Museum press releases rarely boast about the purchase of a new toilet. The one recently acquired by the Guggenheim Museum, however, is no standard-issue Kohler.

Breaking the Bonds of the Past

Hiram Powers’s ‘The Greek Slave’ helped shape American arts, politics and taste.

‘Ornament & Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice’ Review

It’s time art history acknowledged Carlo Crivelli’s greatness.

Catching Up with Roger Scruton: The Philosopher as Composer and Novelist

In this conversation with Catholic World Report, Roger Scruton discusses his new book, his thoughts on Pope Francis, the future of liberal arts education, and much more.

Why It’s Time to Turn the Music Off

In shopping malls, public houses, restaurants, hotels and elevators the ambient sound is not human conversation but the music disgorged into the air by speakers – usually invisible and inaccessible speakers that cannot be punished for their impertinence.

Letters to a Young Connoisseur

Kenneth Clark thanked Bernard Berenson for “emancipating” him from the intellectual fashions of the age.

Beach Bums

On “BEACH” at the National Building Museum, the Eisenhower Memorial, and the end of James Billington’s tenure as Librarian of Congress.

America’s Next ‘Minister of Culture’: Don’t Politicize the Appointment

The retiring Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, leaves a challenging and impressive legacy on which his successor, who will be nominated by the president and must be confirmed by the Senate, ought to build.

Too Cool in the Capital

The National Portrait Gallery does best when it focuses on high-caliber artists, rather then pandering to its visitors with exhibitions that attempt to be “cool.” Elsewhere in the capital, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission continues to lurch along.

A Point of View: How Do We Know Real Art When We See It?

Beauty, form, and redemption are the elements of every true work of art.