William Newton
William Newton
William Newton

William Newton is an Art Critic at The Federalist. Newton is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, The University of Notre Dame Law School, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. He lives in Washington DC. Learn more at wbdnewton.com and follow on Twitter @wbdnewton.

What It’s Like To Visit America’s Newly Reopened Art Museums

It’s nice to finally return to some of the nation’s best art museums, but the experience isn’t the same without the jostle, noise, and company of others.

DC’s New Eisenhower Memorial Looks Like A Careless Politburo Designed It

The fact that the Eisenhower memorial fails to inspire either admiration or ire raises the question of what was the point in having North America’s most prominent ‘starchitect’ involved.

The Internationally Famous Rupert Alexander On Painting Portraits During Lockdown

Renowned painter Rupert Alexander sits down with The Federalist’s art critic William Netwon to discuss how a portrait artist can continue in a pandemic.

How Landscape Art Evokes A Universally True Human Experience

Talented artist Rebecca Coffin Anderson hopes landscapes and the concept of ‘place’ can spark important conversations that bring Americans together.

New York Priest Lifts Spirits Of Nursing Home Shut-Ins With A Special Dose Of Culture

Rev. Hugh Vincent Dyer is busy helping New York City nursing home residents, giving them not only spiritual comfort, but a collection of films and poems that bring back good memories and keep their spirits high.

Edgar Degas’s Work Is Less Sentimental And More Complex Than I Thought

What I found was not only far more complex than I had anticipated, but also challenging to my preconceptions of Edgar Degas as little more than the Maurice Chevalier of painters.

How A Great American Artist And Architect Complemented Each Other

The two friends created works that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also show how presentation is just as important to overall success as is content.

DC Features Best Look At Raphael’s Artistry Outside Rome And London

‘Raphael and His Circle,’ which opened recently at the National Gallery of Art, brings together works from the museum’s collections of prints and drawings by the master and his associates.

The Top 5 Art Stories Of 2019

You truly haven’t lived until you’ve seen Cate Blanchett wearing a bicycle helmet being spun around inside a giant clothes dryer as part of an art piece.

Finding God Inside MoMA’s New Exhibition Of Home Movies

The exhibition installation consists of 100 screens of various sizes, divided over two floors, each of which runs different clips of home movies in MoMA’s permanent collection.

Félix Vallotton: An Art Rebel Who Became Part Of The Establishment

Swiss-French artist Félix Vallotton (1865-1925) was a member of ‘Les Nabis,’ a group of young artists from the Académie Julian in Paris.

Edward Hopper’s Timeless Paintings Raise More Questions Than They Answer

Hopper rarely sheds any light on the subjects in his figural paintings, not even when he shows them in the brightest of sunshine.

Alonso Berruguete’s Artwork Marked A Cultural Tipping Point In Renaissance Spain

Berruguete took the fruits of his Italian education and combined them with the tastes and traditions of Spain, resulting in art that, for the first time, was Renaissance in style but unmistakably Spanish in feeling.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Legacy Was More Than Spooky Furniture

A new museum exhibit tells the tale of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, fostering an appreciation for his artistic collaborative efforts and his truly groundbreaking works of architecture and design.

Meet The Scheming Guardians Of Taste For America’s Nouveau Riche 100 Years Ago

Hard bargaining, sleight-of-hand, gambling, and an assortment of activities with questionable ethical or legal status were all part of the game in the art world a century ago.

Meet Leonardo Da Vinci’s Art Tutor, Andrea Del Verrocchio

‘Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence’ at the National Gallery of Art is the first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to this artist ever mounted in the United States.

How Activists Are Forcing Museums To Take a Long, Hard Look At Their Donors

In the past, displaying offensive art got you into trouble. These days, it’s not so much what you display, but rather who paid for the display, that’s increasingly problematic.

Smithsonian Exhibit Offers Glimpses Into Qing Dynasty Empresses’ Private Lives

Even if you’re not very knowledgeable about Chinese art, you’ll find this is an astonishing show—rich in beauty and history, well-curated, and leaving visitors wanting to learn more.

Savannah Museum Explores Rembrandt’s Biblical And Jewish Works

Even centuries after its creation, the works in this exhibition challenge us to think whether we are so very different or so much more advanced today than the people Rembrandt depicts.

Even As It Burned, Notre Dame Remained A House Of Prayer

Hundreds of Parisian Catholics, many of them young people, were kneeling together on the streets around the burning cathedral for hours, well into the wee hours of the morning.