The Landscapes of Louisiana
As early as the 1840s, Louisiana landscape painters were already under the influence of Hudson River artists such as Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand—whose works had made their way into New Orleans collections—but what’s notable is how far local painters succeeded in developing a vernacular of their own.
February 8, 2020
De Kooning: Acrobat with a Paint Brush
No other painter of de Kooning’s generation makes it so hard to separate high art from low comedy. More than his painterly flourishes, it’s this embrace of contradiction that has made his work a source for generations of later artists.
June 1, 2019
Chris Ofili: Caged in Paradise
I think of something Chris Ofili said once, about cages and songs and liberation and constraint and how they may all relate to what it is to be human. I asked him if he might point me to where in his adopted home of Trinidad he’d taken certain shots of ball courts and palms. His typical reply makes me laugh: “Seeking is better than finding.”
September 24, 2018