‘Nation’ Note

‘Nation’ Note

Arthur C. Danto steps down as art critic of The Nation but continues as a contributing editor.

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We regret to announce that Arthur C. Danto is stepping down as art critic of The Nation, a position he has held since 1984. Our gratitude and affection for Arthur is boundless, and we honor his quarter-century of service to the magazine. Like many readers, we’ve had our understanding of art enriched by Arthur’s column, in which aesthetic discernment, philosophical rigor and a playful sense of humor have been brought to bear on the work of contemporary and classical artists, from Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman and Robert Mapplethorpe to Poussin, Tintoretto and Degas. Arthur’s Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present, which features many essays published during the early years of the Danto era at The Nation, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in 1990, and The Madonna of the Future, which collects later Nation pieces, was awarded the Prix Philosophie in 2003. Happily, Arthur will not be leaving us altogether: although his health limits his ability to roam museums and galleries, he will stay on as a contributing editor, writing occasionally about art. The magazine will continue to publish regular reviews of art exhibitions. A big thanks from all of us, Arthur.

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