This week, Robin D.G. Kelley on the Arnautoff murals, Instagram is ruining architecture, animal rights on the left, the best classical music of the 21st century, and more.
September 14, 2019
Listening to Plants
Adrienne Adar’s attention to botanical sentience seeks to decenter human perspectives on non-human entities.
The Liberating Power of Conversations About Art
When I got to know Bill Berkson, my life as a writer was completely changed.
Bridget Riley’s Razzle-Dazzle Career
A first-ever biography of the pioneering British modernist charts the creative path of an intense and deeply sensitive painter.
An Artist Looks Hard at Painful Images
Diana Cherbuliez’s Trigger Warning looks at our society, where disasters occur on a regular basis and are fodder for our cultural anxieties and voyeurism.
Testosterone Rules at the Metropolitan Museum’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Show
Will rock music ever be able entirely to extricate itself from a profoundly gendered symbolism?
An Unlikely Matchup of Paper and Steel
An odd pairing of drawings by Eva Hesse and sculptures by John Chamberlain sets up unintended comparisons between two artists who otherwise seem to share only an ingrained rebelliousness.
Figures in Clay, Embarrassed and Alive
The tension between classicism and chaos is one of the many things that sets Bruce Gagnier’s art apart from figurative sculpture stretching back to Auguste Rodin, Camille Claudel, and Edgar Degas.