Blogging Fellows

Between Parlors and Oceans

Art and Mind, Blogging Fellows, In-Depth, Visual Art

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.
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What Does Platonic Form Have to Do with Art?

Blogging Fellows, In-Depth, The Art of Thinking, Visual Art

Photographs stage a confrontation between the idea of an object and its representation, and demonstrate how Form can overwhelm aesthetic pursuit.
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Greenhouse in the Desert

Blogging Fellows, First Person, Performance, Trains in the Basement

“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.”
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Winnowing The Wynn

Blogging Fellows, Dicey, Public Art, Reported

A critic surveys the Wynn Las Vegas art holdings and asks, “What can compete with a hanging parasol garden, life-size crystal peacocks, anemone-lantern trees, dramatic drapery edged with passementerie, and swirling golden mosaics, as well as carpets, ceiling moldings, and chandeliers fit for royalty?”
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Agnes Martin in Coenties Slip

Blogging Fellows, In Residence, In-Depth, Visual Art

“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.”
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When the Shows Stopped

Blogging Fellows, Ghost Lights, Theater

In 2020 actor Kait Russell got her big break – her first audition for a Broadway musical. But while preparing for it she received a phone call that changed everything. “Broadway is shutting down,” her agent told her. “We can’t keep your audition.”
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What Is Aesthetics? An Introduction to ‘The Art of Thinking’

Blogging Fellows, Commentary, In-Depth, The Art of Thinking

“If you’ve ever asked yourself why a particular painting is considered beautiful, or whether a curious item displayed in a gallery even counts as art, then you’ve engaged with the same species of question that aesthetics aims to address.”
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Announcing the 2020-21 Critical Read Blogging Fellows

Blogging Fellows, Editor's Note

Each of these writers has a unique point of view and range of interests. They will be contributing to Critical Read between November 2020 and June 2021.
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