Karen Sue Smith is the former editorial director of America.

Arts & Culture Books
April 24, 2017
Karen Sue Smith reviews "Bosch & Bruegel" by
November 17, 2016
Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955) has a vocation within a vocation.
“James Hunter Black Draftee”  by Alice Neel, 1965. (COMMA Foundation, Belgium © The Estate of Alice Neel)
April 21, 2016
A new museum of contemporary art opens in New York.
The Met Breuer (Photo: Ed Lederman)
March 24, 2016
The contemporary focus marks a deep shift, like the moving of tectonic plates under the Metropolitan.
November 05, 2014
The artist’s lively, hope-filled cut-outs
September 02, 2014
'Beethoven: The Man Revealed,' by John Suchet
May 28, 2014
Justice Sonya Sotomayor's autobiography, 'My Beloved World'
"Midsummer Dance," 1897
March 28, 2014
The sumptuous colors, dazzling brushwork and sheer drama in the paintings of Anders Zorn (1860-1920) earned the Swedish artist fortune and fame during the Gilded Age. But Zorn’s work and name gradually fell into obscurity outside Sweden. As a result, his brilliant body of work has not been sho
Yokohama, Japan, February 2014.
March 18, 2014
As memory of Fukushima dimmed, the antinuclear movement lost some momentum.
"Exodus," by Marc Chagall, 1952-66
February 19, 2014
The Jewishness of Jesus has seldom been rendered more clearly in art than in the crucifixion scenes of Marc Chagall.