Carmen Herrera's Genius
Only in the last decade has Carmen Herrera, now 101 years old, been granted the attention she should by rights have received half a century ago. The current glorious exhibition of her work at the Whitney Museum endeavors to rectify the American art world’s long-term neglect.
December 29, 2016
Prankster and Daughter
Maren Ade’s deadpan comic masterpiece Toni Erdmann, about an estranged father and daughter, has nothing in common with the usual holiday heartstring-tuggers, and it’s not only because Ade resists all the obvious and familiar ways in which a familial accord can be brokered.
December 22, 2016
Born to Sing the Gospel
A tone often emerges in Washington Phillips’s songs—a sense of vulnerability that undercuts the confidence his sermons project. The figures in his songs, as in many prewar gospel recordings, tend to be persecuted and burdened, doomed to roam a world of “sin and woe.”
December 17, 2016
The Limits of Forgiveness
The friend who urged me to see Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea told me that it was the only film she’d been able to watch since the election, the only work of art that had, even briefly, distracted her from her worry about the future of our democracy.
December 15, 2016