When I came out of university, I could talk about semiotics, but I couldn't walk into a dealer show and tell you which was the strongest work, and I sure as hell wouldn't be able to pick a fake Goldie from the real deal. Yale's trying to bring connoisseurship back to the university.
Two terrific artist profiles from the Guardian: Thomas Lawrence and the Chapman brothers
A follow-up piece in the New York Times on the Brooklyn Museum, featuring opinions from museum directors, artists, and philanthropists.
And a lovely piece by Jerry Saltz on his favourite paintings in New York museums.