John Perreault

For examples of art by John Perreault CLICK HERE.....I have written about art for a number of years, specializing in first-person art criticism as art critic for the Village Voice, then in the Soho News. I have championed … [Read more...]


ARTOPIA is an art diary featuring my evaluations of the art I see in galleries, museums, public spaces, and sometimes in artists' studios... … [Read more...]

Whatever Happened to Art Colonies?

Holiday shopping in P-town How Provincetown Became P-Town Because I was writing this in the middle of the holidays, I thought at first it would be a simple piece about my little trip to Provincetown, Massachusetts, where indeed I did see some art. In Artopia, every holiday is a busman's holiday. You cannot escape from art. And when it comes to art, nothing is ever simple. P-town, as it has been called from Charles Hawthorne to John Waters, was once an active and important art colony. Hawthorne, … [Read more...]

John Latham: By the Book

John Latham: Cluster No. 11, 1992 Chewing Time John Latham is an art hero because in 1966 he instigated an event called Still and Chew that required several participants to bite off, masticate, and then spit out pages from Clement Greenberg's Art and Culture. The results were put in a flask and returned to the library from which the artist had borrowed that influential, devilish collection of essays. Because of this, Latham was fired from his teaching job at the prestigious St. Martin's School … [Read more...]

Kiki Smith: Glass Is the New Fat

Kiki Smith: Lilith, 1994. Siliconbronze and glass. Most art critics and art journalists avoid art issues. The products are described, sometimes adequately, sometimes not. Meanings are avoided, possibly because in most cases there are none. This might have been understandable in a time like the '80s, when art issues almost sank the ship, but nowadays, when the only issue is whether or not the art fairs will kill off Chelsea, we could use a few issues again. "Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980--2005," … [Read more...]


Brice Marden Return I 1964-1965Oil on canvas50 1/4 x 68 1/4" (127.6 x 173.4 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, Fractional and promised gift of Kathy and Richard S. Fuld, Jr.? 2006 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York FULL CAPTIONS REQUIRED BY THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Pulling Down the Shade The word is out. Brice Marden is the one. I am not sure that his elegant retrospective at MoMA -- now we know what those sixth-floor rooms were for -- proves conclusively that he has saved abstract … [Read more...]


John Perreault: View from Hilton Hotel Window, Houston, Texas, 2006 Against Nostalgia At the American Craft Council's "Leadership Conference" in Houston, the issues were the same, the people friendly. On a side trip, my travel buddy was cured of his nostalgia for San Antonio. We were attending the ACC Conference for different reasons. My friend was on a panel; I was on a mission. Perhaps I could find a few more writing or curatorial gigs. Hey, just when you thought it was safe to go to a craft … [Read more...]


      Things You Wish You Had Never Found Out   Is a masterpiece still a masterpiece once you have discovered that the architect of record was notoriously,  dangerously lacking in engineering skills?  That the architect wore elevator shoes?  That he was a hypocrite about homosexuality? Frank Lloyd Wright was antigay when it came to what he called that "Pansy Patch of the Museum of Foreign Art,"  as exemplified by Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock at … [Read more...]