Robert Leonard

  • Te Papa

    It won’t open until February, but New Zealand’s artists are already complaining about Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand). Created during a time of retrenched government funding, Wellington’s $NZ317 million ($192.3 million) museum is a civic anomaly. But surprisingly, it’s not the price tag that is the sore point.

    Back in the early ’80s, the New Zealand art community was promised a new home for its lively National Art Gallery, then housed within the dismal National Museum. Following a change in government, the idea of a dedicated National Art Gallery was dropped in favor of a populist museum

  • New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Venice, Turin, Paris, Cologne, Berlin, Stockholm, Liverpool, London, Brisbane

    This fall, Dada finally gets its due as a stateside movement. Curated by Dada scholar Francis M. Naumann with staffer Beth Venn, the WHITNEY’s show will include Duchamp’s Bride Stripped Bare. . . , as well as more than 200 objects by American and European artists associated with the movement on this side of the Atlantic. Along with the usual suspects—Francis Picabia, Man Ray, and, lately, Florine Stettheimer—you’ll also get to see works like Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven’s Portrait of Marcel Duchamp (feathers and a champagne glass) and a partial