Essays

Essays

Madness in My Family

by Aram Saroyan on July 29, 2015

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When Saroyan, a biography of my father William Saroyan by Lawrence Lee and Barry Gifford, was published in 1986, I was coming off a five-year run during which I wrote three books about my family and couldn’t handle sitting down to read another word about them.

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I arrived in Battambang, Cambodia, late last year via a 5-hour bus ride from Siem Reap.

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Aperture’s Tokyo-themed issue

In East Asia, sprawling, dynamic, constantly changing Tokyo has a long history as a seductive subject and muse for innovative camera artists, but that tradition and the remarkable, often unexpected images it has produced are still not so widely known in the West outside a relatively small but growing community of collectors, curators and photography buffs.

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One of the greatest pleasures of teaching design history to college students is time travel.

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MILWAUKEE — It’s not unusual for a work of art to cause outrage, especially if it dips into the tender zones of race, gender, or religion.

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All flags bear the stain of conquest.

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The Curator woke up one morning to the alarming realization that she understood nothing about art and that it was possible that she would never understand anything about art.

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2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Jorge Luis Rodriguez’s “Growth” and the public art program that initiated its creation.

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VENICE — As I feel my way through a curtain and into a pitch-black, cavernous space, a white square shimmers in the distance.

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MINNEAPOLIS — How do you measure artistic success?

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