Jed Perl

Jed Perl’s new book, Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts, will be published next winter. His other books include Paris Without End, New Art City, Magicians and Charlatans, and a two-volume biography of Alexander Calder. (May 2021)

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The art historian Leo Steinberg tried in his writings to reconcile a passion that was inarguably subjective with a desire for something like objectivity.

Michelangelo’s Sculpture: Selected Essays

by Leo Steinberg, edited by Sheila Schwartz

Michelangelo’s Painting: Selected Essays

by Leo Steinberg, edited by Sheila Schwartz

Renaissance and Baroque Art: Selected Essays

by Leo Steinberg, edited by Sheila Schwartz

After Michelangelo, Past Picasso: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints

an exhibition at the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, February 7–May 9, 2021

May 13, 2021 issue

Jess: If All the World Were Paper and All the Water Sink, 1962

Spirits of San Francisco

The Householders: Robert Duncan and Jess

by Tara McDowell

Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus

by Lisa Jarnot, with a foreword by Michael Davidson

Collected Essays and Other Prose

by Robert Duncan, edited and with an introduction by James Maynard

The Collected Early Poems and Plays

by Robert Duncan, edited and with an introduction by Peter Quartermain

The Collected Later Poems and Plays

by Robert Duncan, edited and with an introduction by Peter Quartermain

The H.D. Book

by Robert Duncan, edited and with an introduction by Michael Boughn and Victor Coleman

An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle

by Michael Duncan and Christopher Wagstaff

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March 26, 2020 issue

Lola Álvarez Bravo: Landscapes of Mexico, circa 1954

Made in Mexico

In a Cloud, in a Wall, in a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury

an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, September 6, 2019–January 12, 2020

January 16, 2020 issue

The Tower of Satellite City, designed by Mathias Goertiz and Luis Barragán, Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico, 1957; photograph by Hans Namuth, circa 1964

Hell-Bent Idealists

Mathias Goeritz: Modernist Art and Architecture in Cold War Mexico

by Jennifer Josten

Gyorgy Kepes: Undreaming the Bauhaus

by John R. Blakinger

October 10, 2019 issue

Lucian Freud: Portrait of Lincoln Kirstein, 19 3/4 x 15 1/2 inches, 1950

Yearning for the Absolute

Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern

an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, March 17–June 15, 2019

The Young and Evil

an exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery, New York City, February 21–April 13, 2019

May 9, 2019 issue

Eugène Delacroix: Ovid Among the Scythians, 1859

Romanticism’s Unruly Hero

Delacroix’s art remains a gorgeous enigma.


an exhibition at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, March 29–July 23, 2018; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, September 17, 2018–January 6, 2019

Devotion to Drawing: The Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugène Delacroix

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, July 17–November 12, 2018

November 22, 2018 issue

Pablo Picasso: Three Bathers by the Shore, 1920

The Universal Eye

Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso from the Scofield Thayer Collection

an exhibition at the Met Breuer, New York City, July 3–October 7, 2018

The Psychology of an Art Writer

by Vernon Lee

August 16, 2018 issue

Edward Gorey: Haunted America, 1990

The Art of Elsewhere

The worlds of Edward Gorey

Gorey’s Worlds

an exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, February 10–May 6, 2018; and the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington, June 23–September 30, 2018

May 10, 2018 issue

Peter Hujar: Daniel Schook Sucking Toe, 1981

Peter and His Kind

Peter Hujar: Speed of Life

an exhibition at the Fundación MAPFRE, Barcelona, January 27–April 30, 2017; Fotomuseum The Hague, June 17–October 15, 2017; the Morgan Library and Museum, New York City, January 26–May 20, 2018; and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, July 11–October 7, 2018

April 5, 2018 issue

André Derain, Deux Femmes nues et nature morte, 1935

A Modernist Return to Reality

Derain, Balthus, Giacometti: Une amitié artistique [Derain, Balthus, Giacometti: An Artistic Friendship]

an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, June 2–October 29, 2017

August 17, 2017 issue

Richard Diebenkorn: Window, 92 x 80 inches, 1967

Cool, Sublime, Idealistic Diebenkorn


an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art, October 23, 2016–January 29, 2017; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, March 11–May 29, 2017

Richard Diebenkorn: The Catalogue Raisonné

edited by Jane Livingston and Andrea Liguori

Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed

edited by the Cantor Arts Center

January 19, 2017 issue

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