Art

Idealism and Blindness
Of flaking paint and blemishes
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
An Artist's Two-Inch-Tall Creations Brought Printmaking to its Heights
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
How the art world Goliaths are crushing the Davids
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
Claes Oldenburg gets an exhibit—and gets boring
April 26, 2013

Claes Oldenburg gets a museum exhibition—and gets boring

The Case for Looking
What we can learn from extremely violent photography
April 17, 2013

What we can learn from extremely violent photography of the Boston Marathon bombing. 

How Occupy Changed Contemporary Art
Molly Crabapple's 'altarpieces to the revolution'
April 13, 2013

A new generation's ink-and-populist poster child.

No Trouble at All
The problem with critics' praise of Piero della Francesca's Frick show
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.

Pages