Archive for the ‘art history’ Category

Damien Hirst, art history and crypto art

Our third essay on crypto art (co-authored with David Hawkes). Click on the image below to read the full text.

Icons of happiness

An upcoming Christie’s sale of a stunning Vincent Van Gogh drawing led me to contemplate Dave Hickey’s two decades-old predictions about the danger of shifting our collective gaze from the “beautiful object” to the “rhetoric of virtue.” All, because of a silly headline on CNN.style.com. Click on the image below to read the full article.

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 […]

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 […]

“Forever Landscape” Mini-Course at the Laguna Art Museum

On November 13th I will begin a mini-course on the subject of landscape painting as part of Laguna Art Museum Lunchtime Lecture Series. I hope those of you within driving distance could join us for a single lecture, or for all five. To see detailed descriptions of each lecture, please click on the links below. […]