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Argentine Art’s Greatest Generation

Published 27.09.2017
“El mejor del mundo.” So declares a waiter at one of my favorite parilladas in Buenos Aires every time he serves a perfectly grilled steak. The excellence of Argentine beef, and of the Malbecs that accompany it, is very widely recognized. What...

‘The Sound of Sleat,’ On Abstract Expressionist Jon Schueler

Published 20.07.2017
The Sound of Sleat is a body of water in western Scotland, between the mainland and the Isle of Skye. The Sound of Sleat is the best book I have ever read about an American painter. Jon Schueler, 1981, photograph by Archie McLellan, © Jon...

Ageism in the New Yorker

Published 04.07.2017
In The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik confidently asserts that “lyric poetry is for the young.” This is incorrect, and it is ageist. Perhaps it is sufficient here to quote from a New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell, “Late Bloomers,” October 20,...

Karel Appel in Context

Published 21.05.2017
Karel Appel was born in Amsterdam in 1921, the son of a barber in a poor neighborhood. As a child, he painted with his uncle, an amateur artist. In 1942, he entered Amsterdam’s Royal Academy of Visual Art. In 1947, he and a classmate, the...

Old Masters in London

Published 19.04.2017
London’s National Gallery has created six new exhibition rooms on its ground floor, and has filled them with paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters. After spending a few hours immersed in such quintessentially Dutch works as Meindert Hobbema’s...

Creativity: Revolutions and Evolutions

Published 18.04.2017
One reason why creativity is often falsely assumed to be restricted to conceptual innovation, and experimental innovation is overlooked, is that there is frequently a great difference in how conspicuously the two types of innovation arrive....

Wisdom and Creativity

Published 22.03.2017
Academic psychologists have promulgated the myth that wisdom hinders creativity. Robert Sternberg, for example, contended that “the kinds of thinking required to be creative and wise are different.” In his opinion, “Creative thinking is often...

David Bowie - Changes

Published 19.02.2017
Britain’s Royal Mail has announced it will honor the late David Bowie with a set of 10 stamps – the first time it has dedicated a set of stamps to a single musician. A spokesman explained that the issue will honor Bowie’s “many celebrated...

Fact-Checking the WSJ [Editor's note: re Mark Twain]

Published 24.01.2017
The Wall Street Journal has made an egregious error. I'm not talking about their coverage of Donald Trump, Russian hacking, or any other such ephemera. This concerns something much more serious: classic literature. Mark Twain, ca. 1907. Image...

Dylan, Warhol, and the Conceptual Revolution of the ‘60s

Published 16.11.2016
If any more evidence were needed, the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature appears to provide definitive official recognition that the early 1960s witnessed a conceptual revolution in the arts. The opening shot was Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless, which...

Dylan: Birth of a Conceptual Innovator

Published 19.10.2016
In Chronicles: Volume One, Bob Dylan wrote that he couldn’t remember when it occurred to him to write his own songs, but he did explain why he began: Opportunities may come along for you to convert something – something that exists into...

Beauty From Chaos

Published 06.09.2016
Luis Felipe Noé is one of the giants of contemporary Latin American art. He is a protean conceptual innovator, whose art has never ceased to change: today at the age of 83, he is making some of the most powerful works of his long career. El...

Words and Pictures

Published 07.06.2016
“I mean, all us lot, we fucking caned the fucking art world. Absolutely totally phenomenal. We caned the art world as fucking kids.” Thus spoke Damien Hirst in 1999, in one of a series of interviews that were to be published as a book. “All us...

A Visionary

Published 30.05.2016
Gyula Kosice (1924-2016) was an artistic innovator who used diverse materials to create beautiful abstract, often kinetic, works. He was also a dreamer and a visionary, who created models of what he called hydrospatial cities that would float...

Mathematical Ageism

Published 27.04.2016
For nearly two decades, I have studied the life cycles of creativity: when in their lives do innovators make their greatest contributions? I have discovered - contrary to the conventional wisdom - that in many intellectual activities, there are...