by George Grella
MAR 2015 | Music
What does it mean to be a composer? Like many words, its definition and cultural significance have accrued through the ages. The definitionsomeone who writes musicis plain enough, but the way the word has been used in Western culture for the last 300 years
by Jason Rosenfeld
DEC 16-JAN 17 | ArtSeen
Francis Picabia (1879 1953), whose mother was French and whose father was a Cuban-born Spaniard, also described himself as being both Italian and American, and his art is no less polyvalent. MoMA’s monstrous, thought-provoking, and at times thrilling surveywith its formidable cataloguedemands focus, commitment, and an open mind; and provides everything you need to assess this unsung hero of an undefined modernism. Best known as an associate of Alfred Stieglitz’s 291 Gallery and a progenitor of New York proto-Dada around World War I, Picabia is newly revealed in this retrospective of 241 works, exploring the artist’s entire career through oils, drawings, printed publications, film, associations with music, theater, and dance, enamel paintings, photo-based work, spoken word compositions, and correspondence.