9/11: ART AS IT IS WRITTEN

                                    Anonymous: 9/11 Shrineat Ground Zero, 2001. (Photo: J.Perreault) Where Were You? Artist responses to 9/11 are, I suspect,as varied as lay responses. Defiance, withdrawal, denial, bewilderment. And good, old-fashioned anger. But somehow we expect artists to express their feelings in … [Read more...]

SMITHSON’S FLOATING ISLAND

                                       Robert Smithson: Floating Island... Dead Man's Float Thirty-five years in the making, Robert Smithson's Floating Island to Travel Around Manhattan Island is being tugged along the Manhattan through next weekend (to Sunday, Sept. 25). Smithson, as we know, died in a … [Read more...]

GHOSTS OF STATEN ISLAND

The Past Is Another Place I could tell it was going to be one of those adventures. Sylvia Sleigh, a painter I've known for many years, phoned me about going to the opera this fall. Sylvia at 89 goes to the opera a lot. Her late husband, the art critic Lawrence Alloway, had hated opera, so she is making up for lost time. I hated opera queens more than I hated opera. I simply could not get interested in the eternal question of who is greater, Callas or Tebaldi? I think Schwarzkopf is greater than … [Read more...]