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[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Jo Ann Callis

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Jo Ann Callis

Many photographers use images to get under the skin of reality and touch the more elusive corners of human experience. For Jo Ann Callis, that more often than not means a carefully constructed zone ...

Atrocity Exhibition

Atrocity Exhibition

IN THE WINTER of 1945 Czeslaw Milosz and his wife Janka arrived in New York harbor onboard a British ocean liner, a “small half-cargo ship” as he later described it in A Year of the Hunter. Milosz...

Art's Secular Illusions

Art's Secular Illusions

Things are placed right in front of our eyes, not covered by any veil. This is where religion and art part company. — Wittgenstein Psychology is a half way science justified, if at all, by its the...

Expanding Criticality

Expanding Criticality

Take It or Leave It at the Hammer Museum.Through May 18, 2014.10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90024 .   STEPHEN PRINA’S 16mm film Vinyl II (2000) begins in tight focus on Gerrit van Ho...

Collecting and Correcting

Collecting and Correcting

I ONCE TALKED with a very rich collector who said he hated going to public museums and art galleries because nothing there was for sale. He wanted, and in many cases could afford, to buy the exhibits ...

Escape Artist

Escape Artist

ONE OF THE FEW genuinely cool moments amid the slack moralistic sightseeing of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up comes toward the end, when photographer David Hemmings runs into the model Veruschka a...

Walter Benjamin: Writings After Death

Walter Benjamin: Writings After Death

IN JUNE 1986, Walter Benjamin stood before an audience at the Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and delivered a lecture on a set of recent paintings by Piet Mondrian, each dated between 1963 and 1...

A Repository of Ideas

A Repository of Ideas

LOOK FIRST UPON this, a printed image of the Lasius niger, or Black Garden Ant, which adorns a page of the Robert Hooke’s world-changing Micrographia; or some physiological Descriptions of Minute Bo...

A Mirror For Our Delusions

A Mirror For Our Delusions

I DIDN'T NEED TO KNOW about art to know about Norman Rockwell; it seems I arrived in the world already conscious of him. As a child one Thanksgiving in Texas, I pressed my grandmother to hold back the...