Glenn Adamson is a writer and curator. His most recent book is 'Fewer, Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects'.

Grainstack (Snow Effect) (1891), Claude Monet.

Absentee party – the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston turns 150

As the museum passes an important milestone with its doors shut, Glenn Adamson considers what its collection has meant to him over the years

13 Jun 2020
(Left) Anti-slavery medalliion (c. 1787), modelled by William Hackford and manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood. Metropolitan Museum of Art; (right) Sugar box (1744/45), Paul de Lamerie. Metropolitan Museum of Art

British aisles – the Met’s new galleries don’t shy away from addressing a complicated past

The collection is now displayed with a greater sense of social history – without sacrificing aesthetic delight

6 Mar 2020
Spatial Concept (Concetto Spaziale) (1964-65), Lucio Fontana.

A chameleon who never lost his feeling for clay – Lucio Fontana at the Met

The Italian artist was a breathtakingly gifted ceramicist who flirted with too many other mediums

15 Mar 2019