Artist Nancy Spero died this past Sunday. She was 83--not a bad run. You can read about Michael Kimmelman's 1996 walk around the Met with Nancy and her husband and collaborator Leon Golub (he passed away in 2004) here; you can find that same article in the 1998 compilation of the NYT critic's various museum tours with artists, Portraits. See the episode of Art:21 from season four that features Spero's work below.
Also: Richard Lacayo talks about what a disappointment Shepard Fairey's turned out to be. I'm a big proponent of fair use, and assumed Fairey would prevail...but given the revelations about his douche-y behavior (yes, I'll have to go with douche-y here), I'm beginning to think this case will be lost--and will become an example for all of the wrong reasons.
Jeffry Cudlin is an artist, curator, art critic, and musician living and working in Washington, D.C. He currently serves as Professor of Curatorial Studies and Practice at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He formerly served as the Director of Exhibitions for the Arlington Arts Center. His reviews have appeared in the Washington City Paper, Sculpture Magazine, and the Washington Post.