The Art of Repair

In 1969, in her the Manifesto for Maintenance Art, the artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles wrote, “The sourball of every revolution: after the revolution, who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?”  The manifesto was rooted in her experience as a mother, and balancing the work of childcare with her work as a visual […]

Diamonds on end-of-century awnings

Today’s column breaks from the usual format of commenting on French cultural news in order to discuss an Italian institution that has been the target of violent attacks stemming from repressive opinion trends. The Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrare, in Émilie-Romagne, is one of the most prestigious exhibition spaces in Italy. Its rich and diverse […]

The Final Art Destination: “Velvet Buzzsaw” Film Review

In Velvet Buzzsaw, a film written and directed by Dan Gilroy, audiences encounter a sensitive art critique, a ruthless gallery owner, a cut-throat art dealer, and an ambitious art assistant who together dig-up a recently deceased artist’s oeuvre of paintings with fatal consequences. This art thriller is a satire on the art contemporary art market […]

Whiteness, Sculpture, Historical Inaccuracy, and Colonialism

From the renowned, two-millennia-old Greek sculpture Venus de Milo, to the Roman reconstruction of the Apollo Belvedere, to today’s faux recreations and popular busts that litter tacky American hotels; the modern conception of sculpture from Greek and Roman antiquity has always been blanketed in a glimmering, marble white.  Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, there are […]

A Tribute to Outstanding Amateurs

An amateur, according to Émile Littré’s Dictionnaire de la langue française, is “someone who pursues the fine arts without making it their profession”. It might also be a public figure like Winston Churchill who painted for pleasure or an essayist like British art historian Hugh Honour who, outside of academia, published reference books on neo-classicism. […]

James Turrell’s “Roden Crater” will See the Light

Anticipation to experience James Turrell’s transformational artwork, Roden Crater, mounts as the artist announces a timeline to finish the 42-year project. The immersive artwork lies within a volcanic crater, a mile and half wide and a half-hour drive from Flagstaff, Arizona. Turrell recently announced that this career-long installation will be open to visitors in five years […]

Who Gets Paid?

On January 24th, the employees of the New Museum in New York City voted to unionize, marking the end of a contentious public battle with the museum. When the employees first began the motions to organize for better pay and better hours, the museum—which prides itself on showcasing the most cutting-edge art—responded by hiring the […]