Art

Whitney Biennial: The Most Narcissistic of all New York Art World Events
March 06, 2014

The orgy of navel-gazing is about to begin. 

The Newest Protest Art is the Destruction of the Old Protest Art
March 04, 2014

Something has gone terribly wrong when artistic destruction is associated with a humanitarian ethos.

New Exhibit at the Guggenheim Is a Romper Room on Steroids
February 24, 2014

What happens to an art movement dedicated to perpetual movement when the world eventually moves on?

The Shoah and the Art Market
February 16, 2014

After the recovery of missing Holocaust art from Munich, the papers have been full of breathless stories about the art's value. Is somebody missing the point?

The Armory Show Made Modern Art Something You Love to Hate
Against the cult of novelty
February 15, 2014

100 years ago, the cult of novelty was born. 

Matthew Barney's New Epic Is a Mythomaniacal Mailer-Hemingway Mash-Up
And he's more scatological than ever
February 11, 2014

Nobody among the current elite crew of megalomaniacal mixed-media artists has gone farther than Matthew Barney when it comes to rejecting the old-fashioned constraints of the art gallery in favor of the dramatic possibilities of film. 

War Movies Used to be Big, Sprawling Things. What Happened?
The trend of small-minded war movies continues
February 06, 2014

Last year, Walter Kirn lamented the state of the ever-shrinking American war movie.

Clooney's 'The Monuments Men' Is Dreadful, Smug, and Incoherent
February 05, 2014

There is one moment in The Monuments Men that is as sweet and pleasing as a fresh cupcake. It has a charm that is no small thing in the making of movies.

Mostly-Naked Man Appears on College Campus. Mostly-Idiotic Controversy Ensues.
February 05, 2014

A statue has elicited nervy indignation from Wellesley students. Here's why they're not justified in their discomfort.

Legends of the Gay Art Underground
Two new shows highlight the hedonist asceticism of 1950s Bohemians
February 04, 2014

Jess and Peter Hujar responded to the tsunami of mid-to-late-twentieth-century art by becoming deep-sea divers, discovering strange and wonderful visions far below American culture’s roiling surfaces.

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