Being Chris Ware
Chris Ware’s grandmother is everywhere in his work, and the passages about the end of her life are his finest writing. This grandmotherly kernel, which he has in common with Proust, is something I did not know about Ware before reading Monograph.
January 3, 2018
A Sketched Guide to Michelangelo
The Michelangelo show at the Met is a conundrum. On the one hand, the work is for the most part so private. On the other hand, the show is a blockbuster, full to the brim with the kinds of people who go to big name museum shows.
February 24, 2018
The Joys of ‘Mere’
One of the joys of Mere, the new book by the cartoonist C.F., is how thoroughly it resists categorization, or even basic explanation.
July 22, 2013
Mark Twain’s ‘Advice to Little Girls’
If at any time you find it necessary to correct your brother, do not correct him with mud—never, on any account, throw mud at him, because it will spoil his clothes. It is better to scald him a little, for then you obtain desired results. If your mother tells you…
July 15, 2011
Sketching an Uncertain Future
Eleanor Davis is one of the very best cartoonists working today.
November 2, 2019
A Magician in Pigment
Titian was a painter of astonishing versatility, a master of landscape, of portraiture, of sacred painting, historical painting, mythology, a magician who could turn a dab of pigment into a flame, a pleat, a thunderbolt, a twinkle in the eye, a Cupid’s wing.
November 8, 2013