Matisse in Paris

“Un artiste ne doit jamais être prisonnier de lui-même, prisonnier d’une manière, prisonnier d’une réputation, prisonnier d’un succès…. Les Goncourts n’ont-ils pas écrit que les artistes japonais de la grande époque changeaient de nom plusieurs fois dans leur vie. J’aime ça: ils voulaient sauvegarder leurs libertés….” —Matisse, in Jazz …

Hamburger Heaven

Claes Oldenburg: Drawings and Prints

Introduction and Commentary by Gene Baro

Claes Oldenburg: Proposals for Monuments and Buildings 1965-69

Claes Oldenburg is, in several important respects, the most appealing artist to have appeared on the New York scene in the last decade. Beside the increasingly constricted concerns of the abstractionists, his zany sculptures and offbeat designs for monuments offer a robust engagement with the world we actually encounter beyond …

Art at the End of Its Tether

The form of art is, to a certain and very large degree, independent, but the artist who creates this form, and the spectator who is enjoying it, are not empty machines, one for creating form and the other for appreciating it. They are living people, with a crystallized psychology representing …

Holes in Moore

Henry Moore: A Study of His Life and Work

by Herbert Read

Henry Moore: The Life and Work of a Great Sculptor

by Donald Hall
To have somehow become the favorite sculptor of the Philistines is not the worst fate that can befall a modern artist. Among its many benefits, it permits a sculptor, who is likely to face immoderate expenses if he works steadily on an ambitious scale, to go on making sculpture. Yet …

Backward and Downward with the Arts

The Bride and the Bachelors

by Calvin Tomkins
The number of objects now claiming attention in the name of art is past calculating, and the size of the public more or less disposed to glimpse these objects, if not actually to acclaim them, increases at a velocity rivaling that of the population explosion itself. Yet the suspicion persists …