Tag: The New Yorker


The Limner

This week, The New Yorker’s short story, “The Limner” by Julian Barnes, is about an itinerant painter. Here’s an excerpt. “Mr. Tuttle had been argumentative from the beginning: about the fee�twelve dollars�the size of the canvas, and the prospect to be shown through the window. Fortunately, there had been swift […]


Measuring Marlene Dumas

Roberta Smith on Marlene Dumas: “The consistency of this show suggests an artist who settled too early into a style that needs further development. Stasis is disguised by shifting among various charged subjects that communicate gravity in shorthand. Ms. Dumas�s painting is only superficially painterly. The photographic infrastructure is usually […]


Process trumps product for late blooming artists

In The New Yorker, Malcom Gladwell contributes an article about late bloomers in which he looks at David Galenson‘s research comparing the careers of Picasso and C�zanne. “The examples that Galenson could not get out of his head were Picasso and C�zanne. He was an art lover, and he knew […]


Mir� Mir� on the wall

The New Yorker’s Peter Schjeldahl on the Mir� show at MoMA: “‘I want to assassinate painting,’ Joan Mir� is reported to have said, in 1927. Four years later, the Catalan modern master elaborated, in an interview: ‘I intend to destroy, destroy everything that exists in painting. I have utter contempt […]


NY Mag’s fall painting picks

�Giorgio Morandi: 1890�1964,� Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY. Sept. 16�Dec. 14.“When the master of quiet still lifes died, in 1964, he was unfashionable in New York and London yet revered in Italy. Today, Morandi�s pastel paintings of bottles give the illusion of time stilled. The visual equivalent of slow food.” […]


Anthony Lane’s tour de force

Anthony Lane’s seriously funny New Yorker review of “Mamma Mia!” is a must-read for anyone who likes criticism.”Like many people, I was under the impression that the new Meryl Streep film was called ‘Mamma Mia.’ The correct title is, in fact, ‘Mamma Mia!,’ and, in one keystroke, the exclamation mark […]