Monthly Archives: April 2011


There was a show in 1991 that I saw at the MoMA that altered significantly my perceptions about the difference between high and low art. What struck me most forcefully was how much better the low art looked than the … Continue reading

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Albrecht Dürer’s Apocalypse

I’ve been looking closely at the work of Albrecht Dürer over the past couple weeks, particularly the woodcuts derived from the Book of Revelations. They’re really an astonishing group of prints. Dürer did them just after a trip to Italy … Continue reading

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The End of the American Avant Garde, Pt. 2

From Stuart Hobbs, The End of the American Avante Garde: In referring to the New York School artists of the Fifties and the work of some of the art historians who have explicated them Hobbs writes. These scholars describe how … Continue reading

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Frank Auerbach and the Abyss

I felt like looking at some of Frank Auerbach’s work. Auerbach is a rare exception among great painters in that I’ve never seen a painting by him in the U.S. As with Euan Uglow, another great British painter, apparently they … Continue reading

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