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  • November 18, 1999

    Sen’s Sensibility

    Some years ago, I had the good fortune to befriend an extended family who lived in a poor shantytown in the southern reaches of Santiago, Chile.

    James North

  • November 18, 1999

    Global Is as Global Does?

    If one wants to understand what all the fuss is about as the World Trade Organization holds its ministerial conference, Ethan Kapstein’s Sharing the Wealth: Workers and the World Economy,

    Mark Levinson

  • November 18, 1999

    The Heat in the Kitchen

    He poses like a tightrope walker, though one who’s unexpectedly domestic and chubby.

    Stuart Klawans

  • November 11, 1999

    Flag-Waving at the Whitney

    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

    Arthur C. Danto

  • November 11, 1999

    Innocents Abroad

    When people label a film “great,” the usual effect is to close off a discussion that ought to be opening.

    Stuart Klawans

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  • November 11, 1999

    Fighting the Art Bullies

    New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has created enormous consternation and publicity in his attempts to censor an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

    Tony Kushner

  • November 11, 1999

    A Shark in the Mind of One Contemplating Wilderness

    A shark swims past me in a kelp forest that sways back and forth with the current. It is deliberate and focused.

    Terry Tempest Williams

  • November 11, 1999

    Bland Art in Every Pot

    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

    Daniel Grant

  • November 4, 1999

    Just a Cannes Job?

    Ever since Rosetta won the top prize at this year’s Cannes festival, American journalists have puzzled over the jury’s decision, or written it off as mere insolence.

    Stuart Klawans

  • November 4, 1999

    A Dialectical Humanism

    To my distress and perhaps to my delight, I order things in accordance with my passions…. I put in my pictures everything I like.

    Andy Merrifield