Pierre-Auguste Renoir
FULL-FIGURED
by N.F. Karlins

Feb. 29, 2012
The Frick Collection has organized another of its remarkable small exhibitions. This one, however, contains remarkably big works. “Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting,” on view through May 13, 2012, features nine full-length figural canvases by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), all of them shimmering with Impressionist light and feathery brushstrokes. The imposing dimensions of the figures is at odds with what we usually think of as the small scale of Impressionist oils.

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N.F. Karlins Archives for 2012
Jan. 24, 2011
American Folk Art Museum
PLUCKED OR PLUCKY? THE AFAM MARKS ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY
by N.F. Karlins

With no debt and a new board, the troubled American Folk Art Museum reviews its first 50 years with "Jubilation / Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined."
Jan. 11, 2011
Edgar Degas
A MATCH MADE IN PARIS
by N.F. Karlins

Reverence and freedom in "Degas and the Nude" at the Boston MFA.
N.F. Karlins Archives for 2011
Dec. 1, 2011
DAVID, DELACROIX AND REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE
by N.F. Karlins

The art of political unrest in France between 1774 and 1852, at the Morgan Library & Museum.
Nov. 28, 2011
Henri Matisse
MATISSE AND THE MODEL
by N.F. Karlins
An exhibition exploring Matisse's symbiotic relationship with his models, at the Eykyn Maclean Gallery.
Nov. 16, 2011
Rembrandt, Picasso & McQueen
THE BLOCKBUSTER MYSTERY
by N.F. Karlins

"Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art prompts some musings about museum blockbusters.
Sept. 20, 2011
New Art
MY NIGHT IN CHELSEA
by N.F. Karlins

As the fall art season gets underway, our intrepid critic visits exhibitions of works by Minnie Evans, Nick Cave and Lee Bae in Chelsea.
Aug. 24, 2011
Gustav Klimt
TEMPTRESSES,
HOT & COLD

by N.F. Karlins

Celebrating the Vienna Succession and more in the summer show of "Recent Acquisitions" at Galerie St. Etienne.
Aug. 5, 2011
Contemporary Clay
CERAMICS HOT AND COLD
by N.F. Karlins

At Tribeca's RH Gallery, ceramics by Kathy Butterly, Jeff Koons, Lee Ufan, Ai Weiwei, and other contemporary artists turn up the heat.
July 19, 2011
Tibetan Carpets
EAST ASIAN MASH-UP
by N.F. Karlins

From myth and the natural world to abstract design, the creative license of Tibetan carpets, onview at the Rubin Museum.
June 28, 2011
Frye Art Museum
SEATTLE'S OTHER MUSEUM
by N.F. Karlins

An independent museum built in 1952 for the collection of Charles H. and Emma Lamp Frye.
May 11, 2011
John Storrs
MACHINE-AGE MODERNIST
by N.F. Karlins

An American who lived and worked in France, John Storrs was a pioneer of modernist sculpture in the U.S.
Apr. 14, 2011
Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern
THE SNAKE SEDUCTION
by N.F. Karlins

Now in its 14th edition, the fair for deco arts and design gets a total facelift.
Mar. 17, 2011
At the Brooklyn Museum:
TIPIS OF THE
BROOKLYN PLAINS

by N.F. Karlins

Three full-sized tipis plus 160 Plains Indian objects in a remarkable survey of Native American artistry.
Feb. 25, 2011
Chinese Bronzes:
DING AND ZUN
by N.F. Karlins

At the China Institute, treasures of Yangzi River culture from the Bronze Age.
Jan. 26, 2011
OLD MASTER IN DENIM
by N.F. Karlins

Newly discovered paintings by a 17th-century Italianate painter dubbed the Master of the Blue Jeans.
Jan. 14, 2011
DAY JOB
by N.F. Karlins

Working artists do the 9-to-5 thing at the Drawing Center.
Jan. 5, 2011
SENSUAL SPACES
by N.F. Karlins

A look at the yin and yang of ceramics and baskets in "Contained Excitement" at Cavin-Morris Gallery.
N.F. Karlins Archives for 2010
Dec. 16, 2010
THE YEAR OF THE QUILT
by N.F. Karlins

The American Folk Art Museum celebrates the most American of art forms.
Dec. 2, 2010
INFINITY OF NATIONS
by N.F. Karlins

The Gustav Heye Center’s new installation of 700 works from its collection is both deep and wide.
Nov. 23, 2010
GOLDEN KHAN
by N.F. Karlins

"The World of Khubilai Khan" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Oct. 27, 2010
ART FOR AUTUMN
by N.F. Karlins

The Hudson River School and more at Questroyal Fine Art in Manhattan.
Sept. 15, 2010
GATEWAY TO THE HIMALAYAS
by N.F. Karlins

Buddhas and deities at the Rubin Museum of Art.
Aug. 23, 2010
TUT TUT TUT
by N.F. Karlins

A look at twin shows of King Tut, one in New York and the other in Denver.
July 28, 2010
WILD RIDE
by N.F. Karlins

Paintings, and a few skateboards, by autistic artist Dan Miller at Ricco/Maresca.
July 6, 2010
PORTER’S PEOPLE
by N.F. Karlins

Thoughtful, humble, melancholy, Fairfield Porter found intimacy in his works.
June 10, 2010
THE DAWN OF THE ROMANTIC
by N.F. Karlins

British painter Richard Wilson paved the way for Constable and Turner.
June 3, 2010
MY TIME WITH TUT
by N.F. Karlins

"Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," plus other mummy related goings-on in New York.
Apr. 29, 2010
FOLK ART NOTEBOOK
by N.F. Karlins

Winfred Rembert at Adelson Galleries, and "WOMEN ONLY: Folk Art by Female Hands" at the American Folk Art Museum.
Apr. 6, 2010
RITUAL JADES
by N.F. Karlins

Jade funerary objects from ca. 1600-771 BCE at Throckmorton Fine Art.
Mar. 15, 2010
PLAIN TRUTHS
by N.F. Karlins
A retrospective look at the art of Grandma Moses at Galerie St. Etienne.
Feb. 17, 2010
AN EDGY MASTER
by N.F. Karlins
"Demons and Devotions: The Hours of Catherine of Cleves" at the Morgan Library & Museum.
Feb. 2, 2010
MCLAUGHLIN REDISCOVERED
by N.F. Karlins
The Zen spirit in L-1958.
Jan. 11, 2010
ASIAN PATHWAYS
by N.F. Karlins
"Traveling the Silk Road" at the American Museum of Natural History.
N.F. Karlins Archives for 2009
Dec. 22, 2009
HOLIDAY MUSEUM-HOPPING
by N.F. Karlins
The Horse Nation, American Beauty, El Greco, New York folk artists and the Danube Valley.
Nov. 24, 2009
SILVER ANNIVERSARY
by N.F. Karlins
Choice early photographs at Hans P. Kraus, Jr. Fine Photography.
Oct. 27, 2009
PARADISE ISLAND
by N.F. Karlins
Antoine Watteau in three exhibitions in New York museums.
Oct. 5, 2009
Cézanne and America
by N.F. Karlins
In a groundbreaking exhibition, the Montclair Art Museum examines Paul Cézanne’s influence on American artists.
Aug. 5, 2009
ARCADIA ALL OVER
by N.F. Karlins
"Arcadia" at ClampArt and "Desert Light" at Throckmorton Fine Art.
July 2, 2009
KALEIDOSCOPE QUILTS
by N.F. Karlins
A retrospective of Paula Nadelstern’s pieced quilts at the American Folk Art Museum.
June 8, 2009
A VISIT TO SHANGRI LA
by N.F. Karlins
Doris Duke’s Islamic treasure trove in Honolulu.
Apr. 8, 2009
CAILLEBOTTE IN BROOKLYN
by N.F. Karlins
"Gustave Caillebotte: Impressionist Paintings from Paris to the Sea" at the Brooklyn Museum.
Mar. 9, 2009
CÉZANNE AND BEYOND
by N.F. Karlins
A new exhibition celebrates the influence of the 19th-century artist on 18 of his 20th-century colleagues.
Feb. 17, 2009
DRAWING NOTEBOOK
by N.F. Karlins
"Master Drawings New York," plus major shows at the Met and the Morgan.
Jan. 15, 2009
OUT IS IN
by N.F. Karlins
Good news at the 2009 Outsider Art Fair.
Jan. 6, 2009
RICCIO AT THE FRICK
by N.F. Karlins
"Andrea Riccio: Renaissance Master of Bronze" at the Frick Collection.
N.F. Karlins Archives for 2008
Dec. 5, 2008
DRAWING NOTEBOOK
by N.F. Karlins
Six centuries of drawings of New York City at the New-York Historical Society.
Nov. 13, 2008
FOLK ART NOTEBOOK
by N.F. Karlins
James Castle, Thomas Chambers and Martín Ramírez.
Oct. 17, 2008
AN ODD COUPLE
by N.F. Karlins
"Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams" at the Smithsonian.
Sept. 8, 2008
AN ELEGANT RETREAT
by N.F. Karlins
The summer ends with a trip to the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden.
Aug. 14, 2008
SUMMER SOCIAL
by N.F. Karlins
Political art in "Competing Ideologies" at D. Wigmore Fine Art. Plus, "Philip Guston: Works on Paper."
July 9, 2008
TREASURES OF HAJJI BABA
by N.F. Karlins
"Woven Splendor from Timbuktu to Tibet: Exotic Rugs and Textiles from New York Collectors" at the New-York Historical Society.
June 17, 2008
TALKING PICTURES
by N.F. Karlins
"Glossolalia" at the Museum of Modern Art.
June 5, 2008
TREASURING CRETE
by N.F. Karlins
"From the Land of the Labyrinth" at the Onassis Cultural Center.
Apr. 24, 2008
JOE & NANCY
by N.F. Karlins
Joe Brainard’s "The Nancys" get a welcome showing at Tibor de Nagy.
Apr. 10, 2008
BEAUX VISAGE
by N.F. Karlins
American portraitist Cecilia Beaux gets a long-overdue reassessment.
Mar. 25, 2008
ADVENTURES IN PHOTOGRAPHY
by N.F. Karlins
A retrospective of the work of 20th-century photographer (and Surrealist muse) Lee Miller.
Mar. 4, 2008
FOLK HEROINE
by N.F. Karlins
A retrospective of the celebrated self-taught painter Malcah Zeldis.
Jan. 25, 2008
THE POLITICS OF PORCELAIN
by N.F. Karlins
The porcelain of the European Courts at Bard.
N.F. Karlins Archives for 2007
Dec. 18, 2007
DRAWING NOTEBOOK
by N.F. Karlins
Contemporary artists explore the Morgan Library collection in "Drawing Connections"
Dec. 12, 2007
EVERYDAY PARIS
by N.F. Karlins
Gabriel de Saint-Aubin was the Manet of the Enlightenment.
Oct. 19, 2007
FORCE OF CULTURE
by N.F. Karlins
Hidden depths in the drawings of Domenico Zindato.
Oct. 9, 2007
QUESTIONS OF CRAFT
by N.F. Karlins
"Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis" puts "conceptual craft" in the spotlight.
Aug. 16, 2007
GETTING INTIMATE
AT YALE

by N.F. Karlins
Tokens of love and respect from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana.
July 30, 2007
BIRDS OF PARADISE
by N.F. Karlins
"Justin McCarthy" at the two-year old GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in downtown Reading, Pa.
June 28, 2007
POP TRIBAL
by N.F. Karlins
The Phantom makes a surprise appearance on fighting shields from Papua New Guinea.
May 17, 2007
LANDSCAPES OF LONGING
by N.F. Karlins
John Constable’s "Maria Bicknell Years" at Salander-O’Reilly.
Apr. 16, 2007
DIZZYING HEIGHTS
by N.F. Karlins
The Stendhal Syndrome at two Old Master exhibitions in London.
Mar. 20, 2007
SPIRITS IN THE WOOD
by N.F. Karlins
Art and artifacts made of wood and tree bark by Woodland Indians and Australian Aborigines.
Mar. 7, 2007
HORSES AND HISTORY
by N.F. Karlins
George Stubbs at the Frick, and "European Master Drawings" at the Morgan.
Feb. 15, 2007
FOLK ART NOTEBOOK
by N.F. Karlins
Martín Ramírez’s fractured "psychic maps." Plus, Thomas Burleson.
N.F. Karlins Archives for 2006
Dec. 22, 2006
NEW ORLEANS ODYSSEY
by N.F. Karlins
"Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum" at Wildenstein & Company.
Nov. 30, 2006
GOLDEN AGE
by N.F. Karlins
At the American Museum of Natural History, masterpieces of gold, from Iranian idols to Liz Taylor’s watch.
Nov. 14, 2006
CHINESE TREASURES
by N.F. Karlins
The art of the Liao at the Asia Society.
Nov. 2, 2006
PASSION AND PHOTOGRAPHY
by N.F. Karlins
The romantic and artistic partnership of Tina Modotti and Edward Weston.
Aug. 14, 2006
THE COSMIC MAYA
by N.F. Karlins
At the Met, art and rituals of the Mayan kings.
Aug. 2, 2006
3D
by N.F. Karlins
Nek Chand, "White on White," Aquamanila, Sheila Hicks, and "Sculpture."
July 7, 2006
PORTRAIT AMERICA
by N.F. Karlins
The Smithsonian reopens its American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.
July 3, 2006
ROYAL REALISM
by N.F. Karlins
"Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-1789): Swiss Master" at the Frick Collection.
May 22, 2006
A DAY AT THE GETTY VILLA
by N.F. Karlins
The Getty Villa in Malibu is a delight.
Mar. 27, 2006
GOYA IN EXILE
by N.F. Karlins
The Spanish artist’s final experimental works, on view at the Frick Collection
Mar. 14, 2006
AMOROUS INTRIGUES
by N.F. Karlins
Dutch master Frans van Mieris at the National Gallery of Art.
Feb. 21, 2006
TREE OF LIFE
by N.F. Karlins
Unraveling the symbols of the past at the Ukrainian Museum.
Jan. 18, 2006
OUTSIDER 2006
by N.F. Karlins
The Outsider Art Fair, plus shows at Hospital Audiences, Inc., and Hirschl & Adler Galleries.
Jan. 13, 2006
TREASURE ISLAND
by N.F. Karlins
"The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts" at the New York Public Library.
N.F. Karlins Archives for 2005
Dec. 8, 2005
DRAWING NOTEBOOK
by N.F. Karlins
"From Clouet to Seurat" and "David Milne, Watercolors" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Nov. 10, 2005
DRAWING NOTEBOOK
by N.F. Karlins
Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele and Alex Katz.
Oct. 12, 2005
PASSION FOR COLOR
by N.F. Karlins
Early American modernist Oscar Bluemner sought the spiritual in nature.
Sept. 21, 2005
Drawing Notebook
by N.F. Karlins
Five new talents in "Obsessive Drawing" at the American Folk Art Museum.
Aug. 30, 2005
Land of Ancient Tattoos
by N.F. Karlins
"Art of the Marquesas Islands" at the Metropolitan Museum.
Aug. 15, 2005
Drawing Notebook
by N.F. Karlins
French drawings in Baltimore.
July 13, 2005
DRAWING NOTEBOOK
by N.F. Karlins
Get ‘em while it’s hot -- drawings at the Frick, the Spanish Institute and Achim Moeller Fine Art.
June 29, 2005
THE THAMES GANG
by N.F. Karlins
Monet and company at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
June 13, 2005
FOLK ART NOTEBOOK
by N. F. Karlins
Art with a capital A at three exhibitions of self-taught artists.
April 7, 2005
TEENAGE TEMPEST
by N. F. Karlins
Kim McCarty's watercolors capture the erotic transformation of youth.
March 15, 2005
LATE REMBRANDT
by N. F. Karlins
"Rembrant's Late Religious Portraits" at the National Gallery of Art.
February 23, 2005
21ST-CENTURY FUNK
by N. F. Karlins
Robert Arneson and Kim Krans in New York.