Barack Obama's keynote speech at the Democratic convention made an implicit truth explicitly clear: Color is less relevant than our obsession with it. In the art world this obsession plays out as the criterion of race is used disproportionately and only in connection with certain artists. This is obviously charged terrain, rife with complications. Nonetheless, discussing artists of color exclusively or mainly in terms of race or identity politics is constraining and misleading: It ghettoizes art, shortchanges artists, is often a way of not talking about the strengths and weaknesses of works themselves, and keeps things... More >>>