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Philip Guston

New York Review of Books

January 14, 2021

Like the cigarettes and bottles, like the eye that looks insatiably but never grows a hand to fix what it sees, the hood signals a history of poor decisions and ineffectual resolutions that may or may not include mob violence. It is the kind of bad that can find a home beneath all kinds of headgear

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The History of Art History

New York Review of Books

September 24, 2020

Art history is, inevitably, a story imposed on a selected group of artifacts by people who, consciously or unconsciously, have predilections and agendas. Ideally, the story grows from the objects, and the question of which objects is what animates both conservative critics and the protesters in the streets. .

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Gerhard Richter

New York Review of Books

May 14, 2020

The events of 1944 are beyond our reach. The subject of these paintings is not that world, but our own—the place where we actively choose to know or not know, see or not see. At the Met Breuer, the whole confab of paintings, facsimiles, and historical photographs is further multiplied by a thirty-foot stretch of gray

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Women's Work

New York Review of Books

March 26, 2020

Perseverance gets celebrated a lot, strategic tractability less so, but one of several important lessons conveyed by “Five Hundred Years of Women’s Work: The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection” was that adaptability is a lifesaver. Hosted by New York’s private Grolier Club, the nation’s preeminent bibliophilic society, this dense and discursive exhibition included some two hundred objects, mostly books, selected from the more than 16,000 accumulated by the

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Vija Celmins

New York Review of Books

December 5, 2019

“To Fix the Image in Memory” is an important show for many reasons, but mainly because it puts looking before speaking. It is enjoyable because Celmins’s affection for images is contagious, and it is critical because her affection does not imply gullibility—all of that looking is used to dig into just what makes images tick. 

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Hilma af Klint

New York Review of Books

April 4, 2019

When af Klint died in 1944, she left more than 1,200 paintings, 134 notebooks and sketchbooks, and more than 26,000 manuscript pages to her nephew, a vice-admiral in the Swedish navy. She also gave instructions that her work not be shown for twenty years after her death. The work is now being seen by thousands, though whether they are ready to receive its message is another question

some other articles

Bits and Pieces: 400 Years of Collage

Print Quarterly, March 2021

What the Little Woman Was Up To:

Five Hundred Years of Women’s Work: The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection

New York Review of Books, 26 March 2020

The Self-portrait from Schiele to Beckman at the Neue Galerie

New York Review of Books, 18 July 2019  

Poons v Koons: the Art of ‘The Price of Everything'

New York Review Daily, February 2019 

The Edge of Visibility 

Art in Print, Sep-Oct 2018

Richter and Polke

Art in Print, Jul-Aug 2018

Martin Puryear

Art in Print, Sep-Oct 2013

Jasper Johns and the Logic of Print

Art in Print, Sep-Oct 2012

Richter and Polke

Art in Print, Jul-Aug 2018 

Christian Marclay: to the Last Syllable of Recorded Time 

Art in Print, Nov-Dec 2016

Julie Mehretu’s Syrian Elegy

Art in Print, Jul-Aug 2016

Low Heaven: Vermeer and Mourning 

The Brooklyn Rail  May 201g

Frameless: Wall Works in Berlin 

Art in Print Sep-Oct 2014