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Sunshine of Absolute Neglect

Sunshine of Absolute Neglect

IN 1992, Dave Hickey, America’s leading heterodox art critic, memoirist, and provocateur, was given a tour of the architectural drawing studio at Cornell. The building is a low stone shed. The stude...

The Destruction of Art and Antiquities in Our Time

The Destruction of Art and Antiquities in Our Time

IN MARCH, I attended a demonstration urging US military intervention to protect endangered antiquities in Iraq. My banner read, “Destroying the world’s most ancient culture is a crime against huma...

Recognizing Complicity

Recognizing Complicity

The following essay is part of the Los Angeles Review of Books special series “No Crisis”: a look at the state of critical thinking and writing — literary interpretation, art history, and cult...

The Numinous Dead

The Numinous Dead

TUCKED AWAY in attics, hidden under altars, and sealed in neglected shrines in the provincial churches of Switzerland and southern Germany, a spiritual army lies sleeping. They look like skeletons, bu...

Printmaking: An Art Medium for the People

Printmaking: An Art Medium for the People

THE ENGLISH ARTIST and art critic Jon Thompson in his essay “Realism, Pop and Poverty” reminds us of the astonishing fact that “by the beginning of the 1960s American art had become almost compl...

Early Exposure: The First Films of Andy Warhol

Early Exposure: The First Films of Andy Warhol

The more you look at the same exact thing, the more meaning goes away, and the better and emptier you feel. — Andy Warhol, 1975 IN JANUARY 1964 Andy Warhol premiered Sleep, his first full-length ...

The Color of Context

The Color of Context

What is much more important than any of these behaviorist or “moral” approaches are all the stories, poems, and testimonies, the theoretical and political works, that document the struggle to achi...

Homesick: On Larry Sultan at LACMA

Homesick: On Larry Sultan at LACMA

Larry Sultan: Here and HomeNovember 9, 2014–July 19, 2015Los Angeles County Museum of Art5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 ¤ IN THE PHOTOGRAPHY of Larry Sultan, it’s the everyday, the o...