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William Shatner: “I Don’t Understand”

Earlier this month, I was invited to be a guest on William Shatner’s new talk show I Don’t Understand. I am honored to join the ranks of his distinguished guests, including astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt. Our topic was: “What is Art, Really?” Click on the image below to watch the […]

“Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed”

On August 25th the Netflix premiered a new documentary about Bob Ross directed by Joshua Rofé. I was interviewed for it in January of 2020. My participation in the feature came out of a 2018 The New Criterion article I wrote about America’s greatest “television artist.” To read full article click on the image below. […]

Who are the curators?

This article is a response to a Hyperallergic editorial which argued that curation by “frontline museum workers” is preferable to that of trained curators. Click on the image below to read the full text.

On Sexy Art

Quillette just published my article on the relationship between art history and pornography. Click on the image below to read the full text.

On Crypto Art and the Aura

Another co-authored article on NFTs—“The Afterlife of the Aura” out on the Atheneum Review website. The “aura” is what makes the experience of viewing Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in the Louvre, or his drawings at the Met, different from looking at their images in a book. It is inseparable from the viewer’s visceral reaction to […]

The Brave New World of NFT art

Athenaeum Review just published a co-authored article “The Marriage of Art & Money” on the ubiquitous topic of digital art NFTs. The relationship between art and money has always been symbiotic. It has been equally true with papal patronage in sixteenth century, and with the interwar European avant-garde whose fortunes, according to Greenberg, were inexorably […]

Wayne Thiebaud’s “Clowns”: exhibition tour

Last month, the Laguna Art Museum recorded my tour of Wayne Thiebaud’s “Clowns.” This exhibition includes over forty items that compose the painter’s latest circus-themed body of work. The show has been installed at the museum since early December 2020, but is yet to be opened to to public due to Covid-19 restrictions. In this […]