Books & the Arts

A Dialectical Humanism 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.

Nov 4, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Andy Merrifield

Just a Cannes Job? 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.

Nov 4, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Stuart Klawans

Flag-Waving at the Whitney 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 to...

Nov 11, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Arthur C. Danto

Bland Art in Every Pot 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 Ne...

Nov 11, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Daniel Grant

A Shark in the Mind of One Contemplating Wilderness 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.

Nov 11, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Terry Tempest Williams

Fighting the Art Bullies 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.

Nov 11, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Tony Kushner

Innocents Abroad Innocents Abroad

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

Nov 11, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Stuart Klawans

The Heat in the Kitchen The Heat in the Kitchen

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

Nov 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Stuart Klawans

Global Is as Global Does? 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...

Nov 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Mark Levinson

Sen’s Sensibility 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.

Nov 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / James North

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