New Criterion

A magazine that publishes articles, notes and comment on cultural life in America. Publishes contributions from poets, authors, public policy scholars, humanities lecturers, and critics. Includes poetry, arts criticism, and commentary. Departments in thea

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 10, June

Anywhere in between. (Art)
In the seventies, when I was a fledgling curator, any gathering of artists inevitably led to at least one acrimonious exchange about the exhaustion and imminent demise of figurative painting. At some point during these years, perhaps spurred by those...
Bubble Boy: Mark Morris at BAM. (Dance)
Mark Morris's arrival on the New York dance scene was spectacularly timed. George Balanchine died on April 30, 1983, leaving a company shaken, a following forlorn, and an art form facing a new era: classical dance post-Balanchine. Nine months later,...
"Christophobia" and the West. (Notes & Comments: June 2003)
Public policy in a democracy rests upon public opinion, which in turn rests on public feeling. The feelings people have towards remote and abstract objects such as states and categories are normally pretty stable, but when they do change, they resemble...
Dreiser in 1925. (Notes & Comments: June 2003)
The date 1925 helps us to look at Theodore Dreiser's work through a clear mental lens, unblurred by the political-cultural wars that have clouded estimates of Dreiser's reputation ever since. Nineteen twenty-five was the date of Dreiser's novel An...
From "The Evil Empire" to "The Empire for Liberty". (Notes & Comments: June 2003)
Is the United States imperialist? Has it created, or is it creating, an empire? If so, should we regard this process as desirable, even inevitable? These questions are raised by the American conquest of Iraq which, together with the prolegomenon of...
Gallery Chronicle. (Art)
Summertime means sculpture time, and what better place to start than with the sculpture of Joel Shapiro. With each passing year, and with each successful show, this artist edges towards greatness. The last time I saw Shapiro it was his colorful stick-figure...
Malcolm Muggeridge's Journey. (Notes & Comments: June 2003)
I came to Carthage, where I found myself in the midst of a hissing cauldron of lusts. I had not yet fallen in love, but I was in love with the idea of it, and this feeling that something was missing made me despise myself for not being more anxious...
Spurious Objectivity. (the Media)
The bias of the BBC with respect to the British and American war effort in Iraq, mentioned in this space last month, has contributed to a formal complaint to the Corporation by the British Conservative party leader, Iain Duncan Smith. Mr. Duncan Smith...
The Elusive Truth. (London Journal)
Fresh from its triumphs in Iraq, BBC television has turned its attention to Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, and Anthony Blunt. The series which it has been devoting to them, Cambridge Spies, is no small affair, either. Four episodes, each...
The Future of Abstract Art. (Letters)
To the Editors: In "Does abstract art have a future?" (December 2002), Hilton Kramer speculates that it may not. He could be right. I am an abstract painter, however, and I would rather that he isn't. Kramer points out that abstract painting...
The New York Times at Bay. (Notes & Comments: June 2003)
By now, most readers will have had their fill of l'affaire Blair--the story of Jayson Blair, the twenty-seven-year-old black reporter for The New York Times who for five years lied, fabricated interviews and datelines, and plagiarized the work of other...