Ellen Handler Spitz



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René Magritte, Time Transfixed, 1938. Oil on canvas, 57-7/8 x 38-7/8 inches. Art Institute of Chicago. © 2013 C. Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

“Freeze!”: René Magritte and the Visual Oxymoron

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Decades since Surrealism erupted on the horizon, his defamiliarized commonplace forms can still induce vertigo


Installation shot of The Event of a Thread by Ann Hamilton at the Park Avenue Armory, December 2012. Photo: James Ewing

Gentling The Savage Enormity Of Gargantuan Space: Ann Hamilton at the Armory

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The Event of a Thread is on view through January 6


Gerrit Rietveld, Child’s wheelbarrow,1923 (manufactured 1958). Painted wood, 12-1/2 x 11-3/8 x 33-1/2 inches. Manufactured by Gerard van de Groenekan. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Beeldrecht, Amsterdam

MoMA and Child: The Century of the Child at the Museum of Modern Art

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Growing by Design 1900-2000 on view through November 5.


Excerpt from "Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama" by Alison Bechdel. Copyright © 2012 by Alison Bechdel. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

“I can’t help you. You’re on your own”: Alison Bechdel’s Graphic Memoir

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Are Your My Mother? is the much-awaited sequel to Fun Home


Pablo Picasso, Meditation (Contemplation), 1904. Watercolor and ink on paper, 14-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches. Museum of Modern Art, New York. Louise Reinhardt Smith Bequest. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Liminal Leo: Mourning Leo Steinberg

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

A touching personal essay to augment our tributes from last March