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The North Carolina Museum of Art

by James F. Cooper

During the last twenty years, the mission and ontology of modern art museums have been increasingly shaped by corporate and financial interests. Once seen as a safeguarding academic standard, promoting scholarship and educational research, museums are now regarded as catalysts for profit. The problem has been exacerbated by a precipitous... More »

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The WWI Memorial: An American Acropolis

by James F. Cooper

Sabin Howard, a New York sculptor, has designed the equivalent of an American Parthenon for Washington, D.C. A Soldier's Story, a 75 -foot-long, 10.5-foot-tall bronze wall bas-relief honoring the 4.7 million men and... More »

The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

by Meredith Bergmann

This is the apt title of a book by James David Draper and Edouard Papet, inspired by and documenting the 2014 retrospective exhibition of the same name at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée d’Orsay. We have... More »

Sculpture Through the Prism of Gender

by James F. Cooper

The inaugural opening at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, a 113,000 square-foot gallery, located in Los Angeles, is an important, monumental, museum-size exhibition of one hundred abstract sculptures created by thirty-four... More »