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J Walters

I curate visual arts under The Art Junkie banner

Quick Hits: Migrant Mother

Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936) is an enduring icon of the Great Depression. Taken while Lange was working for the Farm Security Administration documenting the hardships of Americans, the image combines the photographer’s characteristic respect and empathy for her subjects with her compositional rigor. It has […]

Paola Pivi: ‘We are the Baby Gang’

Paola Pivi’s 70 baby polar bears frolic, fight, nap and explore the top floor of an art gallery in New York, wearing sprouted fluorescent feathers instead of fur. The point? The polar ice caps are melting and to survive a changing climate, they needed to adapt. The solo […]

Sendak: Drawing the Curtain

Renowned for his beloved children’s books, Maurice Sendak (1928–2012) was also an avid music and opera lover. In the 1970s, he embarked on a successful second career as a designer of sets and costumes for the stage, an era the Morgan Library & Museum explores in Drawing the […]

Quick Hits: Remedios Varo

This recent acquisition by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is by the late Remedios Varo (1908-1963), a surrealist worth knowing.  Raised by a Catholic mother and an atheist engineer father, these two forces — the spiritual and scientific — heavily influenced Varo’s artistic career.