23 days ago | Visual Arts
As some artists know and others clearly don't, the precise moment you enter a video work's orbit determines how likely it is you'll stay. Show up in the middle of an orgy, say — which you will, if you arrive around the 45-minute mark of Guido van ...
2 months ago
2 months ago | Visual Arts
It's Jesus' birthday week (oh, heck — birthday month!) and all the chatter about a knocked-up virgin got us wondering: What really went down in that Bethlehem barn? When do we ever hear about Mary's labor? Joseph remained tight-lipped, the livesto...
3 months ago | Visual Arts
Is Jeff Koons the art world's ur-Buddhist? As a strategy for understanding his work, the artist suggests deposing both judge and jury — dismissing the entire inner judicial branch, really — in exchange for nonadjudicated communion with shiny objec...
The Flops Threaten to Overshadow the Fabulous at the Whitney’s Overstuffed Frank Stella Retrospective3 months ago | Visual Arts
If you can't stand Frank Stella's work past, say, 1975, and if his wall sculptures register as oversized whatsits that take up too damn much space, then congratulations. The Whitney's overstuffed, six-decade "Frank Stella: A Retrospective" is exac...
4 months ago | Visual Arts
What's with New Yorkers and their short memories? Where I grew up (Washington, D.C.), folks act like the Continental Congress was last week and the right to bear arms still makes sense. Here in NYC, history happened this morning and get me more co...