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THE BEST "ART 101"
by Thomas Hoving

Feb. 10, 2009
Ever since I dropped a pencil in the art survey course of western art during my freshman year and missed 500 years, Iíve wanted to rip apart Art 101. Instead of those unmemorable thousands of works Iíd pick only the indelible masterpieces. Iíd do one lecture, not the dozen or so. Iíd choose the hot images that never go out of fashion. The pieces that changed my life forever. Those works in which I see something new every time I look at them and which get better and better each time I see them. The ones I have to visit to keep me alive.
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Thomas Hoving Archives
Jan. 20, 2009
RECALLING ANDY WYETH
by Thomas Hoving
Andrew Wyeth, 1917-2009.
Nov. 6, 2008
THE FATE OF THE $5 POLLOCK
by Thomas Hoving
ARTnews traces a tortuous tale of Pollock paintings and possibly pilfered fingerprints.
Oct. 31, 2008
THE GRAND ACQUISITOR
by Thomas Hoving
"The Philippe de Montebello Years" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Oct. 21, 2008
A MIRACLE FOR MUSEUMS
by Thomas Hoving
The Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program now has a $5-billion domestic component.
Oct. 16, 2008
KING TUT IS BACK!
by Thomas Hoving
"Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs" opens at the M.H. de Yong Memorial Museum in 2009.
Oct. 2, 2008
"SMASHING" BLACK CYLINDERS
by Thomas Hoving
Dale Chihulyís magical "Black Cylinders."
Sept. 17, 2008
A GLORY AT THE CURRIER MUSEUM
by Thomas Hoving
Curator Kurt Sundstrom discovers an overlooked masterpiece by Florentine sculptor Antonio Rossellino.
Aug. 18, 2008
A BILLET DOUX FOR THE MET
by Thomas Hoving
What the mighty Metropolitan Museum of Art ought to do next.
July 17, 2008
J.M.W. TURNER, ONE OF A KIND, ONCE AND FOREVER
by Thomas Hoving
Turner transformed grim and jejune reality into compelling fantasies of color, light and atmosphere.
Oct. 5, 2001
SUPER ART GEMS OF NEW YORK CITY
by Thomas Hoving
The Cloisters ivory cross -- what is its anti-Jewish message and where did it come from?
Sept. 27, 2001
SUPER ART GEMS OF NEW YORK CITY
by Thomas Hoving
Topic Mimara and the Bury St. Edmunds Cross, Part I.
July 16, 2001
SUPER ART GEMS OF NEW YORK CITY
by Thomas Hoving
The "Hot Pot" finale -- the truth is revealed.
July 13, 2001
SUPER ART GEMS OF NEW YORK CITY
by Thomas Hoving
The fifth in a new series by the former director of the Metropolitan Museum.
July 10, 2001
SUPER ART GEMS OF NEW YORK CITY
by Thomas Hoving
Part IV -- Irrefutable evidence for a good "Hot Pot" provenance.
July 5, 2001
SUPER ART GEMS OF NEW YORK CITY
by Thomas Hoving
The "Hot Pot" III -- the press screams scandal.
July 2, 2001
SUPER ART GEMS OF NEW YORK CITY
by Thomas Hoving
The hunt for the "Hot Pot," part two -- a money source opens up.
June 29, 2001
SUPER ART GEMS OF NEW YORK CITY
by Thomas Hoving
A new series by the former director of the Metropolitan Museum.
June 9, 2000
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
The Morgan Library’s knockout exhibition of the treasures from ancient Ur. Does this Sumerian gold beat "Tut"?
June 2, 2000
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
Isn’t it time for a world free-trade agreement for works of art?
May 26, 2000
THE RICH SPIRITUALITY OF DAN NAMINGHA
by Thomas Hoving
He has captured the land, the people and the sacred rituals of New Mexico better than anyone.
May 18, 2000
ANDREW WYETH AT 82
by Thomas Hoving
Still Going with a Full Head of Steam.
May 19, 2000
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
The new hot, mix-master museum installations. Will they anger the public as well as the critics?
May 12, 2000
MY EYE: A BELLYFUL OF GREAT DRAWINGS FROM VIENNA’S ALBERTINA
by Thomas Hoving
Get your esthetic juices surging by a visit to the Frick’s Albertina show.
May 5, 2000
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
The Phillips Auctioneers highly vaunted Impressionist and Modern Art Evening sale on Thursday May 11th -- How good is the Art?
Apr. 28, 2000
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
The gloriously renovated Ringling Museum seems about to collapse -- yet again.
Apr. 24, 2000
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
The new Cypriot Galleries at the Met -- why so little out of so much? Do I detect a whiff of archaeological bigotry?
Apr. 14, 2000
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
Give Metropolitan Museum patron Mary Griggs Burke a tickertape parade, the keys to New York City and every other art honor of the decade. Plus some art alerts.
Apr. 7, 2000
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
Whatta Haacker! A frank appraisal of the controversial installation, plus what’s really great at the Biennial, a Met trustee blackballs a heavy hitter, hot, new, very old porn, Grünewald delights, Piero the Magnificent.
Apr. 3, 2000
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
The best early Chinese figures, last chance for Riemenschneider show (why bother?) and elephant art? Gimme a break!
Feb. 28, 2000
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
How to clean up Sotheby’s -- finally!
Jan. 17, 2000
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
All art is abstract.
Dec. 17, 1999
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
A fundamental change for the year 2000.
Oct. 29, 1999
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
A few further thoughts on the Brooklyn Museum mess.
Oct. 1, 1999
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
Who’s to blame for the Brooklyn mess?
Aug. 27, 1999
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
Kudos for the Boston MFA overhaul.
July 20, 1999
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
Art for Dummies and "The American Century."
Apr. 26, 1999
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
Time for the Lehman Collection Break-Out.
Mar. 18, 1999
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
Norman Rockwell comes to the Guggenheim Museum -- a My Eye Update.
Mar. 2, 1999
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
Wendell D. Garrett selects the single best piece of American furniture.
Jan. 19, 1999
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
Pieter de Hooch at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Dec. 23, 1999
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
Recent acquisitions -- and proposed deaccessions -- at the Metropolitan Museum.
Dec. 1, 1998
MY EYE
by Thomas Hoving
Nothing but the best in the fine and decorative arts.



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