Month: December 2008

December 31, 2008

Art Quips / December 31, 2008


Once Frances Stoner Saunders blew the cover of the CIA in 1999 claiming that Abstract Expressionism, Clement Greenberg and the larger anti-Communist movement operated hand-in-hand, contemporary art critics began to revisit this vaunted moment in American art history in an effort to reconcile “freedom of speech” with the larger tenets of the McCarthy era…Read Article

December 12, 2008

Brooklyn Rail / December 12, 2008
Once one of my students told me in an office hour that on a recent plane ride she sat next to a lawyer who gossiped with her about a divorce he was arranging for one of my teachers; even though I didn’t want to hear about it, she needed to talk; fortunately for the principals, both of whom I deeply respected, the divorce never went through. I recall this now, confronted by an interesting exhibition of manuscript letters and cards as well as caricatural drawings and a classic print, by Ad Reinhardt…Read Article