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. 23, No. 4, December

A Conversation with Philip Pearlstein
Editor's note: Earlier this fall, David Yezzi, The New Criterions poetry editor, interviewed the painter Philip Pearlstein at his apartment and studio in Manhattan's Garment District. DAVID YEZZI: Where do you find the objects that you include in...
Cutting Moral Corners
Last month I wrote in this space about the "Two Nations" contained within America's borders--not the rich and poor nations of John Edwards's anachronistic fancy, but the clever and the stupid, the complicated and the simple, the sophisticated and the...
Maillol at Marlborough
There are still restaurants in the smaller cities of France where local functionaries and dignitaries lunch every day--places where the regulars have their own napkin rings. There are no surprises in these solid, reassuring establishments. The classic,...
MOMA Reopened
One weakness of modernist architecture that was not recognized at first was the question of the addition. For the great buildings of the past this was not a problem. Organized along a lattice of monumental axes, they could simply thrust those axes...
Pictures from an Institution
[T]he absurdities of Benton were so absurd, and I myself was so thoroughly used to them, that they had come to seem to me, almost, the ordinary absurdities of existence. Like Gertrude, I cherished my grievances against God, but to some of them I had...
Reflections on Taste
Not long ago, I enjoyed a spirited conversation with a highly perceptive and well-informed observer of our contemporary cultural landscape--a conversation mostly concerned with the quality of art criticism as practiced today in the principal forums...
"The Art of Romare Bearden" at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
"The Art of Romare Bearden" at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. October 14, 2004-January 9, 2005 The Romare Bearden retrospective that Ruth Fine organized for the National Gallery of Art has now arrived at the Whitney Museum of American...
The New Criterion on Art
In this issue, as has been our practice for the past three Decembers, we offer our readers a Special Section on art. This is over and above our usual coverage of the visual arts, which, though a regular feature, may still be described as "special"...
The Whys of Art
The troubles that beset the arts, though perhaps less amenable to diagnosis than those besetting the political and social order, may be thought relevant to the whole question of civilization. And their particular phenomena often seem to be melded with...