2006 marks Rembrandt's 400th birthday, and an array of exhibitions, from the sublime to the silly, will open in Amsterdam, Washington and beyond. As the aesthetic hype escalates, can great art withstand great commerce? Can consummate genius triumph over cute?
Photographs are supposed to be unbiased recognitions of
reality, but they're really self-portraits of the photographer. The
Ongoing Movement, a blend of biography and analysis, examines what
happens when photographers create deliberately untruthful pictures.
Four editors of October magazine trace the history of
contemporary art. Though Art Since
1900 seeks to be comprehensive, its writers leave out entire movements and impose moralistic
judgments on the artists and art they profile.
An exhibit at the International Center of Photography
showcasing the brutal images of the civil war in El Salvador should
remind the Pentagon and the public that the "Salvador Option" currently
considered by the military leads directly to the charnel house.
Michael Kimmelman's The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa is a celebration of the intersection between art and life and the random genius of the unexpected.
Robert Smithson's epic earthwork, Spiral Jetty
tends to render critics speechless.
Max Ernst at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Basquiat in Brooklyn.
In the works that made him famous, Jasper Johns realized an ancient dream by painting things that overcame the distinction between reality and representation--numerals, for example, or targets.