Susan Tallman

Susan Tallman is an art historian. Her book Kerry James Marshall: The Complete Prints was published in November. (May 2024)

How American Eyes Got Modern

How American Eyes Got Modern

The midcentury ideal of art as a departure into the unknown was not the exclusive property of heroic painters. Printmakers made cutting-edge art on a homier scale—and it was affordable.

Trailblazing Women Printmakers: Virginia Lee Burton Demetrios and the Folly Cove Designers

by Elena M. Sarni

A Model Workshop: Margaret Lowengrund and The Contemporaries

an exhibition at the Print Center New York, September 21–December 23, 2023

Art for the Millions: American Culture and Politics in the 1930s

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, September 7–December 10, 2023

The Women of Atelier 17: Modernist Printmaking in Midcentury New York

by Christina Weyl

May 9, 2024 issue

‘What Happens at the Edges?’

‘What Happens at the Edges?’

The artist William Kentridge is interested in who decides which people constitute the center and which the periphery, in finding meaning in the fragmentary and provisional.

William Kentridge: Prints and Posters 1974–1990

compiled by Warren Siebrits

Words: A Collation

by William Kentridge

William Kentridge

catalog of an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, by Stephen Clingman

William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows

catalog of an exhibition at the Broad, Los Angeles, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, organized by Ed Schad

December 21, 2023 issue

The Perpetual Provocateur

The Perpetual Provocateur

For generations, Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s prints of Roman views defined the popular image of the Eternal City. A profusion of new exhibitions and publications shows why he still speaks to us.

Sublime Ideas: Drawings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

an exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum, New York City, March 10–June 4, 2023

Piranesi and the Modern Age

by Victor Plahte Tschudi

Giovanni Battista Piranesi: Catalogue of the Complete Etchings

by Luigi Ficacci

May 11, 2023 issue

The Uses of Portraiture

The Uses of Portraiture

As three exhibitions show, portraiture can be an argument, a celebration of surfaces, an occasion to play with historical tropes, or a form of resistance on behalf of the normally unpictured.

The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512–1570

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, June 26–October 11, 2021

Alice Neel: People Come First

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, March 22–August 1, 2021

The Political Portrait: Leadership, Image and Power

edited by Luciano Cheles and Alessandro Giacone

The Obama Portraits

by Taína Caragol, Dorothy Moss, Richard J. Powell, and Kim Sajet

The Obama Portraits Tour

an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum

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October 7, 2021 issue

Knowing How

Knowing How

Taking different approaches, two new books tell the story of how expressions of mind have gained hegemony over manipulations of matter, and what has been damaged in the process.

Craft: An American History

by Glenn Adamson

Art Isn’t Fair: Further Essays on the Traffic in Photographs and Related Media

by Allan Sekula, edited by Sally Stein and Ina Steiner

Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019

an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, November 22, 2019–February 2022

August 19, 2021 issue

Philip Guston’s Discomfort Zone

Philip Guston’s Discomfort Zone

How is it that the artist, dead these forty years, is still pushing our buttons?

Philip Guston: A Life Spent Painting

by Robert Storr, with a chronology compiled by Amanda Renshaw

Philip Guston

by Musa Mayer

Philip Guston Now

Catalog of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art and three other museums in 2022–2024, by Harry Cooper, Mark Godfrey, Alison de Lima Greene, and Kate Nesin, with essays by Tacita Dean, Peter Fischli, Trenton Doyle Hancock, William Kentridge, Glenn Ligon, David Reed, Dana Schutz, Amy Sillman, Art Spiegelman, and Rirkrit Tiravanija, and a chronology by Jennifer Roberts and Harry Cooper

Poor Richard

by Philip Guston, with an afterword by Harry Cooper

Resilience: Philip Guston in 1971

an exhibition at Hauser and Wirth, Los Angeles, September 14, 2019–January 5, 2020

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January 14, 2021 issue

Who Decides What’s Beautiful?

Who Decides What’s Beautiful?

A History of Art History

by Christopher S. Wood

The Barbarian Invasions: A Genealogy of the History of Art

by Éric Michaud, translated from the French by Nicholas Huckle

September 24, 2020 issue

The Master of Unknowing

The Master of Unknowing

Gerhard Richter is contemporary art’s great poet of uncertainty; his work sets the will to believe and the obligation to doubt in perfect oscillation.

Gerhard Richter: Painting After All

an exhibition at the Met Breuer, New York, March 4–closing date to be announced; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, August 15, 2020–January 18, 2021

Gerhard Richter

an exhibition at the Marian Goodman Gallery, New York City, February 28–April 25, 2020

May 14, 2020 issue

What the Little Woman Was Up To

What the Little Woman Was Up To

An exhibition of books, ephemera, and realia made by women over the past five hundred years makes tangible the kind of contributions that typically go ignored.

Five Hundred Years of Women’s Work: The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection

an exhibition at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, February 28–June 15, 2019; and the Grolier Club, New York City, December 11, 2019–February 8, 2020

March 26, 2020 issue

‘I Just Look, and Paint’

‘I Just Look, and Paint’

Vija Celmins’s bewitching retrospective at the Met Breuer

Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory

an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, December 15, 2018–March 31, 2019; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, May 4–August 4, 2019; and the Met Breuer, New York City, September 24, 2019–January 12, 2020

Vija Celmins: Selected Prints

an exhibition at the Senior and Shopmaker Gallery, New York City, September 12–November 2, 2019

Vija Celmins: Ocean Prints

an exhibition at the Matthew Marks Gallery, New York City, September 13–October 26, 2019

December 5, 2019 issue

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

The Self-Portrait: From Schiele to Beckmann

an exhibition at the Neue Galerie, New York City, February 28–June 24, 2019

July 18, 2019 issue

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