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Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013, Forest Houses, Bronx, New York. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation. Photo: Romain Lopez.
…It made me proud to be an artist and a New Yorker ...
 
Honore Daumier, Galerie Tableaux. Image taken from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.
What differentiates a “gallerist” from a dealer or a curator? ...
 
Lucas Samaras in Claes Oldenburg’s Circus: Ironworks/Fotodeath at the Reuben Gallery, February 1961. © Robert R. McElroy/Licensed by VAGA, New York, New York
As this landmark show enters its last week at Pace Gallery, a profile of the man behind the camera ...
 


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


Rogert Fenton, The Third Graeco-Roman Saloon on Artists' Day, c. 1857. Albumen print, 10 5/16 x 11 9/16 inches. The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford. Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund

What you bump into when you stand back from a photograph


The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today at the Museum of Modern Art, through November 1


William Kentridge, Drawing for the film Sobriety, Obesity & Growing Old [Soho and Mrs. Eckstein in Pool], 1991. Charcoal and pastel on paper, 47-1/4 x 59 inches. Collection of the artist © 2010 William Kentridge. Photo: John Hodgkiss, courtesy the artist

Taking the World by Drawing: William Kentridge and Animation


Where should we locate Kentridge’s sequential, continuous drawing within the eye-popping history of drawn animation?


Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid (about 1657–58). Oil on canvas, 17-7/8 x 16-1/8 inches. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Purchase, 1908, with aid from the Rembrandt Society

The Visitor: Vermeer’s Milkmaid at the Met


September 10 to November 29, 2009


Mezzetin (Mezetin) 1717-19 . Oil on canvas; 21-3/4 x 17 inches. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Munsey Fund, 1934 (34.138)

The Roofer’s Son: Watteau at the Met


I don’t know how one can love Watteau without somehow making him one’s contemporary.


John Currin. The Hobo, 1999. Oil on canvas, 40 x 32 in. Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase, Contemporary Collectors Fund. Photographer: Pablo Mason.

Paint Made Flesh at the Phillips Collection


Paint Made Flesh at the Phillips Collection, and other shows this summer, reveal a love affair between a material painters use and the material all of us are.


Friedel Dzubas, Friedel Dzubas, Bornholm, 1978. Acrylic on canvas, 37 x 76 inches. Courtesy of Elaine Baker Gallery for Samuel Minzberg

Multireferential Imagery


This essay is an extract from A Memoir of Creativity: abstract painting, politics and the media, 1956-2008 published by iUniverse, 2009. The book unites art theory, politics, journalism and personal memoir. At its heart lies the author’s theory of abstract art, that instead of being non-representational, it constitutes a “multireferential” form of representation.


Jackson Pollock, Full Fathom Five, 1947. Oil on canvas with nails, tacks, buttons, key, coins, cigarettes, matches, etc., 50-7/8 x 30-1/8 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Peggy Guggenheim; Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY © 2008 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Abstract Expressionism and the American Experience


Professor Sandler locates the aesthetics and values of the New York School within the context of the postwar milieu.


Giorgio Morandi, Giorgio Morandi, Still Life (Natural Morta) 1953. Oil on canvas, 8 x 15-3/4 inches, Washington DC, The Phillips Collection © Giorgio Morandi by SIAE 2008

Giorgio Morandi: Resistence and Persistence


GIORGIO MORANDI: Resistence and Persistence BY SEAN SCULLY On the occasion of Giorgio Morandi 1890-1964 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 16 to December 14, 2008, we post abstract painter Sean Scully’s 2005 essay on his Italian forebear. This essay was first published in Sean ScullyResistance and Persistence: Selected Writings Edited by Florence Ingleby, (Merrell,…


Mark di Suvero and Rirkrit Tiravanija (and invited artists), Peace Tower, installation at Whitney Museum

Whitney Biennial and Tate Triennial 2006


It may not be a fair comparison but you can’t help wondering: How can the Whitney Biennial be so exciting and the Tate Triennial so tedious when both are showcasing the same kind of contemporary art on either side of a well-traversed pond?