Enlightenment on Fifth Avenue

In the second floor hallway of the Metropolitan Museum, the opening wall text of Pastel Portraits: Images of 18th-Century Europe describes the physical components of pastel and concludes with the phrase “this little understood medium.” Juxtaposed on the adjacent wall are over-life-sized photographs of the pastel-making process. These gripping introductions to the Metropolitan Museum’s first pastel…

caricature and satire in art

Laugh a Little

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was not a place I expected to find myself and other museum-goers laughing while looking at a show, yet that is exactly what happened when I visited Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine. Along with fellow viewers I was laughing and smiling at the foibles of human…