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. 10, June

A Raphael "Madonna" Restored
As objects, works of the visual arts not only must survive, they also need to be seen, touched, entered into, and, in every respect, experienced in their physical dimension. The instant we gaze on a painting, examine a sculpture, or enter an architectural...
A Word of Thanks
Aristotle, in an inattentive moment, defined man as "the rational animal." We've often thought that "the ungrateful animal" comes closer to the truth. Why? First, reason seems conspicuously absent from so much of the behavior of homo sapiens sapiens....
Camelot II?
Readers will recall the pain and anguish which gripped the Poetry Community in the winter of 2003 when Laura Bush, the Dark Queen, invited a group of poets and critics to the White House to celebrate American poetry. As soon became evident, Mrs. Bush...
Gallery Chronicle
The excellent optical painters working today are the survivors of a peculiar history. Back in the mid-1960s, the hard-edged abstraction that arrived under the banner of Op Art turned into a bad trip for high modernism. No other art movement blew up and...
Joe Turner's Return
Win a Pulitzer Prize, it is often said, and the first line of your obituary is written. Win more than one, especially in the drama category, and the focus becomes less on how the world will talk about you and more on how you'll talk about the world....
Letting the Sky Fall
On my way to the dentist in the middle of the day not long ago, I heard Philip Reeves--a Briton, by the sound of him--on National Public Radio interviewing an Indian gentleman whose name I didn't catch about the terrorist massacre in the latter's country...
Marriage in Our Time
One of the excitements of growing older in the contemporary West is the recognition that the moral basis of life has flipped. It happens in every generation. Consider the position of Lord Melbourne in 1837, kissing hands as prime minister with that delightful...
"Second Empire Paris: History & Modernity"
"Second Empire Paris: History & Modernity" Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. April 25-June 21, 2009 Few cities have been chronicled more extensively than Paris. The Clark's exhibition "Second Empire Paris:...
Three Poems of Angelos Sikelianos
Coming between Cavafy's spontaneous modernity and the studied modernism of Seferis, and admired by both the senior and junior poet, Angelos Sikelianos (1884-1951) is an anomaly. He wrote exclusively in received and nonce forms using a rich vernacular...