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. 20, No. 8, April

An Operatic Baggy Monster
Epic opera is a very rare breed in a large kennel, and its successes are even rarer in number. "Grand Opera; that nineteenth-century invention that updated (without even knowing it) the spectacle opera of the seventeenth century, is not epic opera,...
Do Architecture Critics Matter?
Walter Kerr, the drama critic for The New York Herald Tribune and The New York Times from the 1950s through the 1980s, once said that the difference between a reviewer and a critic is that the former assumes his reader has not seen or read or heard...
Exhibition Note. (Art)
"The Artist's Hand: Willem de Kooning Drawings, 1937 to 1954," at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York January 17-March 2, 2002 Willem de Kooning once pronounced that "Style is a fraud," adding, "I always felt the Greeks were hiding behind their...
Father & Daughter at the Met. (Art)
These days, anyone with even a passing interest in old master art knows about Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652), one of the very few women to become, against all odds, an acclaimed painter at a time when making art was an exclusively male province....
Lessons in Humility. (the Media)
Five months--almost to the day--after September 11, the consensus on the terror attacks and their aftermath, The Story according to the media, suddenly changed. Of course, it was never on the cards that the original Story, of American heroes chasing...
Why the West Wins Wars
Last October, when many liberal commentators in the media were predicting that America and its allies would end up in a quagmire in Afghanistan--"another Vietnam," they foretold--they would have been better advised to ponder the statistics compiled...