A Conversation with Platon
An interview with Platon, who photographed this issue's cover with Rand Paul, discussing the experience, his art, plus various portraits throughout.
Of flaking paint and blemishes
Many years ago, as I was leafing through a book in which I had no interest, I found one of the saddest stories in the world. It was a new edition of a textbook on visual perception, the psychology and physiology of the eye, and there I discovered “the case of S.B.” S.B. was an Englishman who was blind from infancy to middle age, when, at the age of 52, he received a successful corneal transplant. “All his life he tried to picture the world of sight,” Richard L.
What might a heroic life in the world of traditional crafts have looked like during the twentieth century? The question almost seems absurd. Isn’t heroism the exact opposite of the modesty and even anonymity that we associate with handmade craft objects? Aren’t the potter and the weaver meant to be so fully absorbed in folk traditions as to all but disappear in the process of making humble things for daily use?
An Artist's Two-Inch-Tall Creations Brought Printmaking to its Heights
“Princes & Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot,” mounted at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, is a brave attempt to raise the profile of a sublime seventeenth-century printmaker.
How the art world Goliaths are crushing the Davids
The real news behind MoMA's plans for the American Folk Art Museum: If you do not grow—and grow big—you’re in big trouble.
Against the godforsaken glamour of international art fairs.
Claes Oldenburg gets an exhibit—and gets boring
Claes Oldenburg gets a museum exhibition—and gets boring
What we can learn from extremely violent photography
What we can learn from extremely violent photography of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Molly Crabapple's 'altarpieces to the revolution'
A new generation's ink-and-populist poster child.
The problem with critics' praise of Piero della Francesca's Frick show
The problem with critics' praise of Piero della Francesca's frick show.