Category Archives: Commentary

Opinion or analysis concerning whatever’s on my mind.

“Lay, Lady, Lay.”

“Lay across my big brass bed.” The Bob Dylan song encapsulates the entrenched American muddle around “lie” and “lay.” The victory of “lay” is all but complete. It’s obvious the song invites the lady to sexual congress, not to a … Continue reading

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Quote This?

A kind observer from somewhere remarked that I had a fair amount of original content on my blog, and asked if I coped with plagiarism or copyright violation, saying he or she was seeing his or her own content cropping … Continue reading

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Hard to Live With

Claude Monet’s series paintings are among the few true trophies that can generate real excitement at auctions… “They’re so evocative, so romantic and so easy to live with,” Offer Waterman, a London-based dealer, said. “That was the best of the … Continue reading

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Rust in Peace

There’s this sense of wonder you get when looking at abandoned buildings. You try to imagine what these spaces were like when they were filled with busy workers trying to meet production targets. And why did they close? (Brett Patman, … Continue reading

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“Islands of Daring”

Any drawings that are “like letters of a foreign language” would get my attention. This is so with the drawings of Susan Hefuna. … Susan Hefuna makes ink drawings inspired by the intricate wooden screens of her Cairo childhood… done … Continue reading

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“Splendidly Cagey”

Work by Klee always gives me a boost. I also enjoy the critic’s sprightly accounting of it, which I excerpt here. … David Zwirner [Gallery] has nabbed a heavyweight: Paul Klee, the splendidly cagey Swiss-German modernist and Bauhaus professor. … … Continue reading

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“Corrupted Formalism”

I ponder what exactly the relationship between professional critic and working artist is. I, of course, am neither — a nosy bystander at best. I’m aware glancingly of debates in the professional art community about who says and does what. … Continue reading

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