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Nina Simone

Perhaps her real audience was not her contemporaries in the civil rights generation, but their grandchildren.

Painting, Three Figures, by Lorna Simpson.

Islands of meaning in a morass of incoherence.

Theo Bleckmann

A vocalist as playfully experimental as Albert Ayler or Ornette Coleman.

Media portrayals that reinforce negative stereotypes about social programs and the individuals helped by them sow the seeds for damaging cuts.

John Hamm as Don Draper fake-meditating in the final episode of Mad Men.

We feel something has ended but nothing has begun. Perfect harmony is a magical, effervescent bubble.

The High Line, on the edge of gentrifying Chelsea, September 17, 2014.

A cruel economics of forced mobility is the new planning mantra of New York City.

Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Maybe action movies, like youth itself, are wasted on the young.


CBS’s The Briefcase does a disservice to America’s working families by billing their suffering as primetime entertainment.

Sonia Delaunay, Simultaneous Dresses (The Three Women), 1925.

Sonia Delaunay breathed art like others lived alcohol or crime.


The veteran rocker is giving Europe “a masterclass in focused protest rock that puts younger artists to shame.”

July 1, 2015

One of the most powerful tools white power groups use to spread their ideology to young people is music.

June 23, 2015

Today's Altercation features interesting and relatively obscure cover songs.

June 18, 2015

Sometimes the best things are the least appreciated.

June 1, 2015

Songs about war and attendant suffering cut across all musical genres.

May 22, 2015

A new movie from Andrew Niccol stars Ethan Hawke as a pilot fighting terrorists from the ’burbs of Las Vegas.

May 15, 2015

Three million Vietnamese names, etched on copper plates 13 feet high.

May 11, 2015

In this week’s Altercation Eric honors artists and writers whose careers have stood the test of time.

May 5, 2015

The May Day occupation is part of an escalating campaign to get the Guggenheim to end the exploitation of migrant workers at the museum's Abu Dhabi site.

May 4, 2015

The Nation's critic in 1931 said the museum would abet the snobbery that believes "American painting is a second-rate affair."

April 27, 2015