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Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Polaroid by Julian Schnabel of Mickey Rourke reproduced in the book under review. Courtesy Prestel Publishing

Purloined Destiny: Julian Schnabel’s Polaroids


Julian Schnabel: Polaroids by Petra Giloy-Hirtz is published by Prestel.

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

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Beta Get Your Act Together, PBS: A critical look at their new arts website


No bravos for this lackluster new site, even if the programs trump Bravo’s “Work of Art”

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Richard Haas, Fontainbleu Hotel, Miami Beach, Fl. 1986

Walls, ceilings and flaws: a book about murals published as a website


The Mural in America by Francis V. Connor, Ph. D. at muralinamerica.com

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Michael Craig-Martin, An Oak Tree, 1973. Glass, water, shelf and printed text, dimensions vary. Private Collection

The Arts Died with Dada: Roy Harris and the Great Debate About Art


In depth review of the semiotician’s pointed pamphlet on the end of art criticism

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Christopher Wool, She Smiles For The Camera I, 2005. Enamel on linen, 104 X 78 inches. Courtesy Luhring Augustine

Painting Abstraction by Bob Nickas


In the 1980s, when painting was commonly said to be dead, many group shows were devoted to abstraction.

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

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Seeing Out Louder: Art Criticism 2003-2009 by Jerry Saltz


Saltz is a great art writer who rarely fails to amuse, entertain and instruct

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

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Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland: Between Categories by Brenda Moore-McCann


“His ambition,” Moore-McCann concludes, “is nothing less than a transformation of thinking, looking beyond material objects to underlying systems of belief”

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Giambattista Tiepolo, Time Revealing Truth c. 1758. Oil on canvas, 231 x 167 cm. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Charles Potter Kling Fund

Tiepolo Pink by Roberto Calasso


Giambattista Tiepolo (1696 – 1770), very famous and much in demand in his lifetime, has a roomful of his enormously tall paintings at the entrance to the European galleries of the Metropolitan Museum. Thought to be just a gifted decorative artist, unlike Piero della Francesca, he has not has not become a culture hero. In a…

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Austin Osman, Spare, untitled drawing, nd. Pastel on paper, 10 x 15 inches. Courtesy Caduceus Books

Towards an Immersive Intelligence: Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of Computer Technology and Virtual Reality 1993-2006 by Joseph Nechvatal


Joseph Nechvatal was ahead of the curve. In 1986 he was using computers and computer robotics to make paintings and from 1991-1993 he experimented with computer viruses. Nechvatal co-founded Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine in 1983, and makes audio art to this very day, using computer viruses to influence the compositional process. Nechvatal firmly believes that…

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

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Ann Stokes: Artists’ Potter, edited by Tanya Harrod


Some artists change the way that you understand art history. Ann changed the way that I and many other people understood everyday life.