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. 27, No. 8, April

An Entrance & an Exit
"Dying is easy," the expiring comedian is supposed to have said when asked whether it was hard to die. "Comedy is hard." Just how hard, no one who has not worked in the business can ever understand, so that when a perfectly executed morsel of lowbrow...
Cats May Look at Kings
Not long ago, I met the son of an American friend of mine in New York for lunch. He had been brought up in California but had come east to pursue a career in journalism. He wrote about such matters as style and fashion for a magazine with a circulation...
Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts
"Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts." Yale Center for British Art February 12-May 3, 2009 Joining the many global celebrations commemorating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, the Yale Center of British Art...
Everybody Is Familiar
Not long ago, in an ill-advised moment of levity, I posted, on the website of The New Criterion, a brief but less than somber account of the latest from the doom-sayers who are predicting the imminent demise of the newspaper business in this country....
Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective
"Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective" The Museum of Modern Art, New York. March 12-May 11, 2009 The Museum of Modern Art houses the world's most important collection of twentieth-century art. It owns work without which modernism's tumultuous...
Shell-Shocked: Expressionism after the Great War: Selections from the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies
"Shell-Shocked: Expressionism After the Great War: Selections from the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies." Los Angeles County Museum of Art November 9, 2008-April 19, 2009 In his war diary, Otto Dix wrote, "Lice, rats, barbed...
The Europe Syndrome
There has been a lot of talk lately about the United States abandoning some of its native predispositions in order to follow a more European path. What people usually have in mind when they speak about this are higher taxes and a bigger role for the...
The New York Fairs
"The art market is less ethical than the stock market." Such was the motion at an Oxford-style debate I attended several weeks ago produced by Intelligence Squared U.S., the three-year-old American reincarnation of a British debate series. Sponsored...
Wagging the Slumdog
I arrived in India this past February 7 and stayed through March 2--my visit began and ended in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), a city I have visited many times. During my stay, I read the English-language Indian newspapers everyday, local, regional, and national,...