Portraits of distant relatives survive a married couple’s home reorganization, the subjects’ friendship in life an inspiration for the future.
Writers on the art that matters to them. #ArtIsEssential
Jeanne Lee (1939-2000) was a poet and vocalist of wide-ranging musical talents who pushed the formal boundaries of jazz to create emotional soundscapes of wordless melodies.
Psychiatrist and art critic Deborah Kostianovsky explains why she can’t turn away from a portrait that terrifies her.
Art Across America
Contingency and unpredictability can elevate a football game into a kind of theater....
"If creative music is under celebrated and under documented compared to other eras in jazz, the...
A critic surveys the Wynn Las Vegas art holdings and asks, "What can compete with a hanging parasol...
In 2020 actor Kait Russell got her big break - her first audition for a Broadway musical. But while...
Art Is Essential
In March 2020 Critical Read began the Art Is Essential flash nonfiction project. We asked writers to describe the art that they are turning to during these uncertain times. Since then, we’ve heard from over 300 writers across the country.
– Adam Zucker on Mierle Laderman Ukeles’s Touch Sanitation
Edward Hopper’s ‘Rooms by the Sea’ captures the psychic tension resulting from conflicting states of mind. The visible ambivalence of the painting is particularly relatable during Covid.
Art has history
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