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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
 
The White Road: Journey into an Obsession is his new book ...
Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
 
The Elements of Sculpture by Herbert George and The Cardiff Tapes by Garth Evans ...
Thursday, December 31st, 2015
 
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His new memoir, Dwelling, is published by Walther König ...
 

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.

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

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Books in Brief


NAMIES AND NEWBIES: THE KRAMARSKY COLLECTION 560 Broadway A New York Drawing Collection at Work 1991-2006, edited by Amy Eshoo, with contributions by Derrick R.Cartwright, James Cuno, Elizabeth Finch, Josef Helfenstein, Glenn D. Lowry, David Mickenberg, Ann Philbin, Earl A. Powell III, Jock Reynolds, and Townsend Wolfe.  Fifth Floor Foundation in Association with Yale University Press,…

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

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Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury & Aly Sujo


One of art historian Leo Steinberg’s hobby horses  is the way the literature of art generates interpretations that are autonomous of the images being described.  What is written about a work can spin false leads and confused trails that looking directly at the work ought to dispel.  Just as this happens with the historical interpretation of…

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Wang Guangyi, Great Criticism: Andy Warhol 2002. Oil on canvas, 300 x 200 cm.

Nine Lives: The Birth of Avant-Garde Art in New China by Karen Smith; and Ai WeiWei by Karen Smith, Hans Ulrich Obrisi, Bernard Fibicher


It may seem odd to locate the birth of the Chinese avant-garde so close to the present, for in the West that period style label is associated with the late 19th Century, but in the early 1980s, China was emerging from a long period of being effectively cut off from the outside world.