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Photographer Spotlight: Stephen Wilkes

Photographer Spotlight: Stephen Wilkes

  Stephen Wilkes is a voyeur on an operatic scale. Although the first thing one sees in his epic photographs is a panorama that divides seamlessly between day and night, closer inspection ...

“Sincerely Most Sincerely”

“Sincerely Most Sincerely”

ONE NIGHT in January, 1995, the artist Ray Johnson parked his car at a 7-11 in Sag Harbor, Long Island, walked to a bridge next door, jumped into the water, and started doing the backstroke. Two teena...

After Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

After Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

In a Madrid club in 1986, I watched [Jeff Koons] confront a skeptical critic while smashing himself in the face, repeating, “You don’t get it, man. I’m a fucking genius.” […] I agreed.   ...

La Comédie Architecturale

La Comédie Architecturale

MY JOURNALISTIC COLLEAGUE and friend Martin Filler and my architectural colleague and friend Zaha Hadid are engaged in an ongoing legal clash as a result of an article, “The Insolence of Architectur...

Cameron, Witch of the Art World

Cameron, Witch of the Art World

Image: Detail from the cover of Semina #1. ¤ PALE AND SLENDER, she is wrapped in a black-and-white shawl that once belonged to Rudolph Valentino, a Spanish comb fanning out from her fiery red hai...

Library in the Future Tense

Library in the Future Tense

 1. HIGH IN THE MOUNTAINS of South Korea sits one of the oldest intact libraries in the world, located in the Haeinsa Temple. Since 1398, it has preserved, on spare wooden shelves, the 81,258 print...

Art's Secular Illusions

Art's Secular Illusions

Things are placed right in front of our eyes, not covered by any veil. This is where religion and art part company. — Wittgenstein Psychology is a half way science justified, if at all, by its the...

Expanding Criticality

Expanding Criticality

Take It or Leave It at the Hammer Museum.Through May 18, 2014.10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90024 .   STEPHEN PRINA’S 16mm film Vinyl II (2000) begins in tight focus on Gerrit van Ho...

Collecting and Correcting

Collecting and Correcting

I ONCE TALKED with a very rich collector who said he hated going to public museums and art galleries because nothing there was for sale. He wanted, and in many cases could afford, to buy the exhibits ...

Escape Artist

Escape Artist

ONE OF THE FEW genuinely cool moments amid the slack moralistic sightseeing of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up comes toward the end, when photographer David Hemmings runs into the model Veruschka a...

Walter Benjamin: Writings After Death

Walter Benjamin: Writings After Death

IN JUNE 1986, Walter Benjamin stood before an audience at the Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and delivered a lecture on a set of recent paintings by Piet Mondrian, each dated between 1963 and 1...

A Repository of Ideas

A Repository of Ideas

LOOK FIRST UPON this, a printed image of the Lasius niger, or Black Garden Ant, which adorns a page of the Robert Hooke’s world-changing Micrographia; or some physiological Descriptions of Minute Bo...

A Mirror For Our Delusions

A Mirror For Our Delusions

I DIDN'T NEED TO KNOW about art to know about Norman Rockwell; it seems I arrived in the world already conscious of him. As a child one Thanksgiving in Texas, I pressed my grandmother to hold back the...