A shark swims past me in a kelp forest that sways back and forth with the current. It is deliberate and focused.
In 1989, after several years of controversy, legal wrangling and numerous public forums, Richard Serra's sculptural installation Tilted Arc was removed from a federal plaza in New York Cit
The Triumph of the New York School, a deeply ironic painting by the American artist Mark Tansey, looks at first sight like a rotogravure depiction of a military surrender that took place l
My father disapproved of the "Sensation" show at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He thought it was bad for the Jews.
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, as if persuaded by its own ill-advised publicity that the art in its "Sensation" show might endanger the welfare of its viewers, at first thought it prudent to turn aw
After successfully attacking jaywalkers with curbside barriers and adult-oriented businesses with zoning curbs, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is now waging war on two fronts at once, to stamp o
A cluster of concepts that, before the seventies, had together formed the received idea of art and artists came under intense criticism in that decade.
One afternoon in 1985, I rode in a taxi down Broadway with the physicist I.I. Rabi, discussing time and age.
If we think of a historical period as defined by what the French have usefully designated a mentalité--a shared set of attitudes, practices and beliefs--then periods end when one <