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Three-Sentence Reviews: John Bradford, David Hockney, and 11 More Shows
Including the new home of White Columns.
The Stoner Canon: 101 Trippy Movies, Albums, Books, TV Shows, and More
The ultimate guide to experiencing the high.
Losing Myself in the Paintings of Facebook-Educated Matthew Wong
An impressive painter’s debut show at Karma gallery.
Cy Twombly and the Transporting Power of Art That Barely Uses the Tools of Art
Scribbles, jots, smears, and smudges that make my knees buckle.
The New Astor Place Rhino Sculpture Is a Kitschy Monstrosity
It helps proves my theory that 95 percent of public sculpture is crap.
This Nobel Laureate in Medicine Belongs Next to Michelangelo As a Draftsman
Santiago Ramón y Cajal is the only Nobel Prize winner in history — in physiology and medicine in 1906 — to also be a truly great artist.
Reuse, Reinvent, Reimagine: The Brilliance of Hans-Peter Feldmann
Today, the pioneer of artistic appropriation can be regarded as Instagram before Instagram.
Antiguan Master Frank Walter Is a Revelation at ADAA
Walter never found the recognition he was looking for; he yearned to have his work seen and acknowledged in his lifetime.
These Trump Paintings, by Peter Saul, Are a Highlight of the ADAA Fair
In spite of claims otherwise, Saul does not make “political art.”
The New Museum’s ‘I Am More Woke Than You’ Triennial
But we must not blame artists for this curatorial belaboring.
The Obamas’ Official Portraits Rise to the Occasion
Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald join the canon.
LaToya Ruby Frazier Is a Goya of Black America
In her photographs, I see the rotten social malignancy that perpetuates entrenched racial discrimination.
Imagining Donald Trump Sitting on Maurizio Cattelan’s Solid-Gold Toilet
When I first saw Cattelan’s toilet I considered it an obvious comment on the market. Yet at the White House it
would have much more charged meanings.
Trump’s Border Wall Prototypes Are a Kind of National Monument to Nativism
When you look at the eight prototypes as art, what do you see?
art and money
The Met’s Admission-Fee Hike Points at a Much Bigger Problem
The newly fortified ticket price is a drag. But what got us here is worse.
Wherever the New
Is Heading, I’m Along for the Ride
In David Velasco, the magazine has a new editor, new energy, and new purpose. Thank God.
11,000 People Demanded the Met Remove This Painting. They Aren’t Going To. Good.
In many ways it is a sign of art’s complexity that it generate a wide variety of responses.
year in culture 2017
The 10 Best Art Achievements of 2017
Artists from Kara Walker to Jonathan Horowitz address the Trump era with fire and fury.
I Wish This Tribute to Oscar Wilde Could Remain in New York Forever
This enchanted mise-en-scène is devoted to Wilde’s tragic last chapter: his trial and imprisonment for homosexuality, followed by his death in exile.
Jerry Saltz: Christie’s Says This Painting Is by Leonardo. I Really Doubt It.
One look at this painting tells me it’s a sham.
Michelangelo Exploded Art History, Just With His Drawing
The Metropolitan Museum’s new show
is a stupendous metaphysical-visual exhalation.
We Can Now Divide Art History Into Before Linda Nochlin and After
The late critic’s 1971 essay blew through the gates of art-world patriarchy.
Radical in Content, Retrograde in Form: What Should We Make of ‘Trigger’?
I wish I didn’t feel as conflicted as I do about this show that surveys “gender beyond the binary.”
The Fearless Chris Ofili Enters His Own Personal Paradise Lost
The four paintings are hung behind a cage of cyclone fencing.
Three-Sentence Reviews: Peter Saul, Trevor Paglen, and 7 More
Thank God for Peter Saul.
Kara Walker’s New Show Is the Best Art Made About This Country in This Century
It’s extraordinary to see an artist responding so well to the incredible political storm blowing all around us.
10 Thoughts About the New York
’ Mark Grotjahn Profile
None of this has
to do with art.
Jerry Saltz: I Give In, MoMA. You’ve Won Me Over. (Halfway, Anyway.)
MoMA has been this broken spatial matrix since November 4, 2004, the day it reopened with great fanfare.
Looking for New Electricity in the Mostly Static Art World
It’s not a matter of art being becoming more political. But the more I look for signs of artistic vitality, the more frustrated I’ve become.
Jerry Saltz: The Drawing I Can’t Stop Thinking About From Frieze New York
A great work of art from 1875 that’s never been seen in any museum.
Right Now Is a Blockbuster Moment in New York for Female Artists
Now let’s see if we can keep it up.
How to Navigate an Art Fair With Jerry Saltz
▶️ Nobody can do it like Jerry.
Vito Acconci, 1940–2017
He was the art world’s man in black, our mysterious you-want-it-darker Vito di Milo.
Glenn O’Brien and the Avant-Garde That Lost
Three Sundays ago, I went to the beautiful memorial for the great writer-impresario-thinker Glenn O’Brien, and a melancholy thought took hold of me.
art and design 2017
Jerry Saltz Reviews Jerry Saltz: A Critic Looks at His Own Early Artwork
Before I became a critic, I was an artist, and in the early 1970s, I feverishly devoted myself to illustrating the entirety of Dante’s
Jerry Saltz: My Life As a Failed Artist
Decades after giving up the dream for good, an art critic returns to the work he’d devoted his life to, then abandoned — but never really forgot.
In Remembrance of James Rosenquist: 1933 – 2017
The first-rank Pop Artist has died.
The 2017 Whitney Biennial Is the Most Politically Charged in Decades
The first, last, and only Hillary Clinton biennial.
The Most Memorable Thing I Saw at the Art Fairs: The Photographs of Aneta Bartos
These haunted, staged photographs of the artist partially clad in bra and panties or camisoles with her Speedo-wearing, bald, bodybuilder father.
Can Bad Art Be Made Good by Changing Political Times? The Case of Robert Longo
Longo’s sculptural excess and atrociousness speaks new languages and is more acrid than ever.
Andrea Rosen Has Decided to Close Up Shop. This Is a Major Loss.
Rosen gave us Felix Gonzalez-Torres, John Currin, and Wolfgang Tillmans — who together invented the 1990s art world.
art in our time
What Photography Can Learn From Danny Lyon in the Age of Trump
Most people have never heard of one of the most powerful and political photographers in history, Danny Lyon.
The Artwork That Jerry Saltz Can’t Stop Thinking About
Glenn Ligon’s conceptualist text piece
is neither protest nor poetry.
Staring at Trump’s Body, What Do You See?
Artist Jonathan Horowitz takes us on a journey into the metaphysics of the president’s great, somewhat mysterious, half-beast behemoth bulk.
Richard Prince Just Showed How Art Fights Trump
“This is not my work. I did not make it. I deny. I denounce. This fake art.”
What 2017 Needs From the Art World: A Commitment to New Art
As a critic,
need to make a commitment to the art of this moment. I want the art world as a whole to do the same.
James Rosenquist: A Correction
Eric Fischl’s New Master Portrait of America
Looking at it, I felt like I had fallen through a trapdoor.
Considering the Ankara Assassination Photos As History Painting
What makes these pictures so different from all of the other pictures of death that we see?
year in culture 2016
The 10 Best Art Shows of 2016
What art and which artists had inklings we were entering a paradigm shift?