‘The Fatal Conscience’: Julia de Burgos, Puerto Rico’s Greatest Poet
Puerto Rico’s most famous poet and greatest literary figure, Julia de Burgos is as significant a cultural figure for the island commonwealth as the artist Frida Kahlo is for Mexico.
April 26, 2018
The Reflected Glory of Victorian Art
Why do mirrors appear so often in Victorian paintings? “Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites” suggests an answer.
April 8, 2018
Grown Men Reading ‘Nancy’
As Bill Griffith wrote of the famous comic strip, “Nancy doesn’t tell us much about what it’s like to be a kid. What Nancy tells us is what it’s like to be a comic strip.”
March 17, 2018
Houdon’s Sensuous Sculpture
In “The Best Faces of the Enlightenment,” from the April 8 issue of The New York Review, Willibald Sauerländer writes about a new exhibition of the work of Jean-Antoine Houdon, whom he calls “the last and probably greatest French sculptor of the eighteenth century.” In his works—a selection of which…
March 19, 2010
The Last Time I Saw Basquiat
The first time I met Jean-Michel Basquiat was in the spring of 1979, at the Mudd Club.
September 3, 2016
The Magician of Manga
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, had long possessed—in its fabulous collection of Japanese art unparalleled anywhere outside Japan—an anonymous album of drawings long assumed to be by Hokusai. That album has now been persuasively linked to the artist.
November 25, 2016