Idealism and Blindness
June 10, 2013
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.
Michael Cardew: The Potter as Great Modern Artist
June 03, 2013
What might a heroic life in the world of traditional crafts have looked like during the twentieth century? The question almost seems absurd.
Jacques Callot's Line Sublime
May 23, 2013
“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.
Grow or Perish
May 20, 2013
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.
Frieze New York, a VIP Art Fair for Our Gilded Age
May 10, 2013
Against the godforsaken glamour of international art fairs.
The Sanitizing of a Junk-Art Genius
April 26, 2013
Claes Oldenburg gets a museum exhibition—and gets boring
The Case for Looking
April 17, 2013
What we can learn from extremely violent photography of the Boston Marathon bombing.
How Occupy Changed Contemporary Art
April 13, 2013
A new generation's ink-and-populist poster child.
No Trouble at All
April 04, 2013
The problem with critics' praise of Piero della Francesca's frick show.
The Real Story Behind Tilda Swinton's Performance at MoMA
March 28, 2013
The actress's performance isn't original−it isn't even an original.