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Peter Schjeldahl

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  • 17 years ago

    This is goodbye. After eight years with the Voice, I have been hired as the art critic of The New Yorker. Not long ago I wrote in these pages that to separate me from my column would be as simple as prying it from my cold, dead fingers. I meant...

  • 17 years ago

    I was briefly offended at this exciting show by sounds of excellent jazz. They emanated from speakers in a room that contains dozens of small paintings and drawings, whose massed array did not rescue my mood. Bob Thompson's littlest pictures are s...

  • 17 years ago

    Two rooms of the dozen or so in this Mark Rothko retrospective will rock you. Maybe others will, too, depending on your susceptibility and appetite. Rothko was always onto something, usually an insinuating quality of light, even in his gawky early...

  • 17 years ago

    Lisa Yuskavage is an extravagantly deft painter in oils of cartoonish, often anatomically impossible bimbos, nymphets, and other female travesties with hypercharged libidos and the self-esteem of cat litter. Most are young, but even the more adult...

  • 17 years ago

    If the demolition derby isn't America's greatest underknown sport and sacrament, I want to know what is. It is an end-of-summer ritual in New York State's dozens of rural counties, culminating this year in a championship derby on Labor Day at the ...

  • 17 years ago

    The uptown Guggenheim's big-bang motorcyle show—the most publicly successful offering in the museum's history, we are told—raises two hot issues. Three if you count motorcycles, which I don't. Motorcycles do only a little for me, and tha...

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