New Criterion

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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 10, June

British Invasion
British art invaded New York this spring. The three-pronged attack was mounted not by the YBAS responsible for the adolescent tantrums in Brooklyn last year, but by a group of seasoned painters, all over seventy, all with distinguished track records:...
"Christopher Wilmarth: Every Other Shadow Had a Song to Sing"
"Christopher Wilmarth: Every Other Shadow had a Song to Sing" at Robert Miller Gallery, New York. April 7-May 6, 2000 Christopher Wilmarth worked in the materials of modern urban architecture: glass, steel, and cable. Though a student of the architect...
Cold Sassy Tree
Cold Sassy Tree, by Carlisle Floyd, at the Houston Grand Opera. At seventy-four, the composer Carlisle Floyd ought to be enjoying the pleasures associated with eminence and old age. His music-drama Susannah (1955) is said to be the most frequently...
"Francis Picabia: Late Paintings"
"Francis Picabia: Late Paintings," at Michael Werner Gallery, New York. April 12-June 10, 2000 Francis Picabia (1879-1953) embodied the spirit of eclecticism. An inconstant, philandering lover of art, he had no respect or patience for the integrity...
Letters
Lightening the load To the Editors: Patti Dean's review (March 2000), of The Oxford Book of English Verse is generously stimulating, and I am grateful. One point, though. "There is nothing from The Prelude in the Wordsworth section." Not altogether...
Mark Van Doren Remembered
Above the columns of Butler Library at Columbia University, inscribed in the stone frieze, you read permanent testimony that some writers are in fact important: Homer, Virgil, Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Milton, Dante, Cervantes, Goethe, Spinoza,...
Notes & Comments: June 2000
The New Criterion Poetry Prize The New Criterion began publishing poetry in April 1984, about a year and a half after its first issue appeared in September 1982. That April, we published poems by Donald Hall, Brad Leithauser, and Donald Petersen....
The Little Brass Gods
An average evening of British television. Seeking respite from the sitcoms and soap operas, you turn to the main BBC channel, where there is a documentary about blindness in India and new methods of curing it. A serious subject: properly handled, an...
The Politics of Posturing
The Weekly Standard marked the first anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings with an excellent essay by David B. Kopel, the research director at the Independence Institute of Colorado, entitled: "What If We Had Taken Columbine Seriously?"...