Not every work tells a story; not every story told about a work enriches it.
A recently published volume of Vernon Lee’s writing reveals a woman who is a product of privilege, as well as someone who used what it afforded her to resist the status quo.
Duchamp’s Last Day is a bravo performance capturing the ephemerality of life and the physicality of art.
In What It Means to Write About Art, famous critics put into print parts of their story they’ve never revealed to the public before.
His virulent belief system, which led him to cut off his Jewish friends in the wake of the Dreyfus Affair, is unredeemed by his art.
In Josef Albers: Midnight and Noon, Nicholas Fox Weber, Elaine de Kooning, Colm Tóibín, and more discuss the artist’s seminal Homage to the Square series.
Gauguin’s art furthered the dematerialization of beauty that Proust discerned in Rembrandt’s use of light by freeing color from form and drawing from realism.