Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
View of "Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)," 2015, by John Cage, published by Siglio Press. Courtesy of Siglio.
The radically inventive and prolific musician’s ethics and curiosity are revealed in a new diary facsimile by Siglio Press. ...
Sunday, June 21st, 2015
Art Green, United Opposition, 1975. Oil on canvas, 68 1/4 x 47 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan.
A book of the painter’s work captures his complicated use of collage, illusion, and narrative. ...
Monday, February 16th, 2015
Jason Brinkerhoff, No. 41, Untitled, 2013. Graphite, colored pencil, wax pastel, and spray paint on paper, 12 15?16 × 10 inches.
Taking a cue from Morton Feldman’s remark that “the love of the past in art is something very different to the artist than it is to the audience,” it’s fair to assume that the audience can remain attached to their...

Thursday, January 1st, 2009


The Art Critic by Peter Plagens

I’ve long felt that Peter Plagens and I had a community of interest, as we’ve both written about art for weekly newsmagazines (he for Newsweek, I for Time, having preceded Robert Hughes in that slot). Imagine my delight when I learned last August that Plagens was publishing his second novel, The Art Critic, in 24 installments on artnet! Twenty-four…

Thursday, January 1st, 2009


Proust/Warhol by David Carrier

Marcel Proust begins his novel In Search of Lost Time with a famously long passage in which the Narrator describes sleep, or more properly, the antics of his imagination, while semi-conscious. When I read this passage for the first time, the image that most struck me was that of the Narrator sitting in an armchair reading…

Thursday, January 1st, 2009


Jean Prouvé by Laurence Bergerot and Patrick Seguin (editors)

Chelsea, New York gallery goers with an astute eye for furnishings will have picked up on the cult status of French mid-century modernist Jean Prouvé.  A vintage specimen of his legendary Potence lamp provides scant illumination and surreally displaced period charm to the very public back office at Sonnabend Gallery, for instance; a weatherworn school…

Thursday, January 1st, 2009


Beyond Sacred: Recent painting from Australia’s remote Aboriginal Communities: The Collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty

Colin Laverty is a Sydney doctor, who, along with his wife Elizabeth, has amassed one of the most singular collections of recent and contemporary aboriginal art in Australia. This book documents the collection, containing clear, color-accurate reproductions, photographs of the landscapes in which particular artists work and some portraits. There are informed essays throughout. The…

Monday, December 1st, 2008


Old Masters, New World: America’s Raid on Europe’s Great Pictures by Cynthia Saltzman

At the end of the Civil War, there were very few significant paintings in America. By the start of the Great War, however, thanks to a surprisingly small group of men and women, the extensive collections we possess today had started to be formed. Cynthia Saltzman, a marvelously writerly writer, has studied the literature, read…

Monday, December 1st, 2008


New China New Art by Richard Vine

Vine and artist Zhang Hongtu present revised/expanded edition at New York Public Library this Wednesday (February 1)

Saturday, November 1st, 2008


Antonie’s Alphabet: Watteau and His World by Jed Perl

I enjoyed every word of this beautifully composed book, a virtuoso performance by a writer at the top of his form, who almost never fails to be totally engaging.

Saturday, November 1st, 2008


Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to “In Search of Lost Time” by Eric Karpeles

Thanks to the very fully annotated correspondence, in 38 volumes, we know a great deal about Marcel Proust’s tastes in visual art. When young he frequented the Louvre, went to the Low Countries and, under the spell of John Ruskin, traveled to see France’s medieval churches. He devoted long essays to Gustave Moreau and Monet,…

Thursday, May 1st, 2008


Art Power by Boris Groys

Using few footnotes, this collection of Boris Groys’s essays offers a compulsively original account of contemporary art and the political systems that support it. Educated in the former USSR, now a professor in Germany who also teaches at NYU, he brings to contemporary art theory a highly original perspective. Groys discusses fundamental topics: the nature…

Saturday, March 1st, 2008


The Artwork Caught by the Tail: Two on Francis Picabia from MIT

Francis Picabia and Dada in Paris by George Baker and I Am a Beautiful Monster: Poetry, Prose, and Provocation by Francis Picabia