The Whitney’s New Location Causes Sensory Overload

The Whitney Museum's transference to the Meatpacking District from its original uptown location at Madison and 75th signals a number of momentous events. 1) The Whitney is continuing to prove that it is at the forefront of modernism and progressiveness in the art world, and 2) All the rich people now live downtown as opposed to uptown.

For Once, Björk Leaves Me Unmoved

While this retrospective is theoretically brilliant on paper, actually seeing it makes you realize that MoMA was too reliant on Björk as a name that would attract casual museum-goers and therefore decided that a pristine execution of the curation was unnecessary. And this is rather unfortunate, as Björk--and her fans--deserve better.

Donatello Gives Some Cachet to Biblical Art

The small, intimate display of some of the most important Renaissance masterpieces from the Florence Cathedral showcases not only Donatello's early works, but also significant sculptures from Nanni di Banco, Giovanni D'Ambrogio and Filippo Brunelleschi. While Donatello is the clear-cut (no marble pun intended) master who stands out from all the rest, his contemporaries show remarkable attention to detail--punctuated by intense emotion--in their renderings.

Smoking Barrel’s Graffiti Criticism Corner, Florence Edition

When it comes to graffiti of this nature, Banksy pretty much has it on lockdown. Anyone else's attempt at it just feels naturally contrived in the worst possible sort of imitative way. While Europe in general seems to have a higher concern regarding the privacy invasion of CCTV, it is really America that should be worried. And yet, we're obsessed with putting ourselves on blast via various "social media outlets" (a phrase I'm convinced will eventually be as antiquated as World Wide Web).

Putting the Pomp in Doria-Pamphilj

The most famous painting housed on the premises is, hands down, Velázquez's portrait of Pope Innocent X, in which he is seated regally (a not surprising adjective considering popes were once more powerful than kings at this point in time) wearing a red hat and cape that accents his noble air. But then again, he also looks decidedly sinister--as any pope who banged his sister-in-law would.