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. 24, No. 7, March

Business as Usual at CPB
Not that the BBC has a monopoly on political correctness. Consider the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the grant-making, quasi-governmental agency that distributes some $400 million of taxpayer money to VBS, NPR, and other entities and individuals...
Cezanne in Provence
When Paul Cezanne died in October 1906, aged sixty-seven (he was born in January 1839), ten of his paintings were hastily assembled for exhibition that month at the Salon d'Automne, in homage. A year later, a large memorial retrospective was organized...
"David Smith: A Centennial"
"David Smith: A Centennial" Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. February 3, 2006-May 14, 2006 On the occasion of "David Smith: A Centennial," the marvelous exhibition that has been organized this winter at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by Carmen Gimenez,...
Democracy & Political Naivete
The major problem with democracy is the foolishness of our fellow citizens. This may sound like an arrogantly partisan remark, but it is not. Wherever we are on the political spectrum, we all agree on that. Each of us would describe foolishness differently,...
Gallery Chronicle
Once upon a time modern art had a third dimension: a mood-axis. In 1890s Europe, Symbolism plumbed the depths of myth and the macabre in order to dive beneath the surfaces of Impressionism. At the same moment in America, Tonalism whipped up a haze...
Larry Summers, Sacrificial Beast
Here's the message flashed to the world by the Harvard Corporation, that tiny politically correct squad that sits upon a $26 billion endowment and controls Harvard University: no one with courage or in the habit of independent judgment need apply to...