Since about 1970, serious contemporary artists, art critics, and curators have done their damnedest to quarantine the word ‘beauty’ from inclusion in any discussion of art. Instead, borrowing heavily from critical theory, they’ve larded their talk about art with such academically saturated fats as ‘dialogues,’ ‘hybridization,’ ‘critical practice,’ ‘semiotics,’ ‘dialectics,’ ‘synthesis,’ ‘political discourse,’ and others too enervating to mention. With Invisible Dragon and Air Guitar, … Continue reading Through With Buzz
An M.I.A. collage I found following the release of 2010’s Maya (more colloquially known as /\/\ /\ Y /). Not as good, mind you, as Rich Juzwiak’s perfect word-collage of the same, the sort of review which, by its very being, resists anthologization (good). Continue reading Critical Collage: M.I.A.
Bryan Ferry on the recently deceased Richard Hamilton, one of the founders of “pop”: I was fortunate to be taught by Richard Hamilton in 1964, my first year at the fine art department of Newcastle University. From then on Richard was a great inspiration, both as an artist, and as a personality. Frighteningly intellectual, he seemed to validate my romantic leanings towards American culture and … Continue reading Richard Hamilton
Someone on Flickr scanned Nik Cohn and Guy Peelaert’s brilliant seventies book, Rock Dreams. Continue reading For Your Viewing Pleasure: Rock Dreams
A gorgeous response to Christgau on Lady Gaga. Continue reading “Top Music Critic”
Ode to an Aging Rock Critic Continue reading From Incidental Comics…