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.
Photographs stage a confrontation between the idea of an object and its representation, and demonstrate how Form overwhelms aesthetic pursuit.
As this most unusual year draws to a close, let’s look back at what we accomplished.
If you revisit the things that once interested you, you can return to that period of your life. It’s part of time’s relativity—how its span depends on the way you spend it—something the pandemic has made visible. Lockdown turns a day into an elevator ride, a walk to the store into months, the house still with dust on your return.
Art Across America
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...
The American Art-Union offers a model for supporting artists with direct engagement from the...
Poet Anders Carlson-Wee on the skateboarding aesthetic, the benefits of dumpster diving, and the...
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
“The work is so far from perfection because we ourselves are so far from perfection … That is why art work is so very hard. It is a working through of disappointments and a growing recognition of failure to the point of defeat. But still one wakes in the morning and there is the inspiration and one goes on.”
Art has history
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