Oscar Niemeyer, the prolific Brazilian architect who helped design the United Nations headquarters in New York and major public buildings in Brasilia, his country’s modernist capital, has died. He was 104.
LeRoy Neiman, the flamboyantly mustachioed painter whose vivid portraits of athletes and celebrities made him one of the best-known and most commercially successful American artists, has died. He was 91.
The old master exhibition of the year -- if not our lifetime -- is “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” at the National Gallery, London. And my favorite art book of the year is the catalog by Luke Syson (National Gallery/Yale $65, 40 pounds).