This is Yuskavage’s great gift, turning upside down our settled ways of thinking and seeing and, with ease, transforming the vulgar and ridiculous into the sublime.
Robert Becker was the arts editor and writer for Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine in the 1980s. He is the author of Nancy Lancaster; Her Life, Her World, Her Art. His most recent articles have appeared in Granta, Hyperallergic, ArtForum, The New Criterion and Flux Hawai‘i. He serves as board president of The Merwin Conservancy, which preserves the home and palm garden of the late poet W.S. Merwin. (@robertbecker3 on Instagram)
Remembering Basquiat Through the Keepsakes He Gave Intimates
Our Friend, Jean, an exhibition of ephemera left behind, given to, or swapped with people who knew Basquiat prior to his extraordinary fame, offers a tiny but intimate window into his life.
The Death of a Contemporary Art Museum Highlights the Need for Cultural Funding
The dream of an independent institution specifically oriented towards contemporary art in Honolulu was effectively foreclosed when it was recently announced that the HMoA’s satellite, Spalding House, would be sold.
Andy, Andy Everywhere
While the Whitney Museum retrospective celebrates his long career, two smaller New York shows cull from Warhol Factory closets important ephemera that illuminate his body of work and his relationship to art making.