Alberto Manguel on Facing the Camera

Manguel wonders how much of a person the camera can capture  @ Geist. Photography is the art of definition. However objective or whimsical, measured or unfair, aloof or biased, experienced or amateurish the photographer, the eye of the camera determines the existence of a certain reality which then becomes for the viewer that reality, much… Read more »

Alice Gregory: On the Market

Gregory recounts her first months at Sotheby’s just as Wall Street dimmed @ n+1I spent the summer after graduation reading novels in McCarren Park. I had been warned that nobody was hiring and was secretly relieved because this meant it wasn’t entirely on me to have a legitimate job. I could copy-edit and babysit and… Read more »

Canvases of such simple words and root images

Morgan Meis on the language of Cy Twombly’s art @ The Smart Set. In the early 1950s, Cy Twombly worked for the army as a cryptologist. That fact seems hugely significant since Twombly was one of the more elusive artists of his generation. That is what the conventional wisdom says, anyway. In this case, the… Read more »

Why don’t we read photographs?

Saïd Nuseibeh reflects on writing and the power of an image @ Talking Writing. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but you will rarely find twenty words written about a photograph. There are many reasons for this. Having spent the past 26 years of my life as a professional photographer, a few of… Read more »

Trying to seed a culture war

Kat Long on art and censorship at The Smithsonian @ the Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide. In October 2010, the Smithsonian Institution corrected a decades-long oversight by staging the first major museum exhibition focused on GLBT American figurative art. Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, at the National Portrait Gallery, met with critical acclaim and… Read more »