Archive for November 2021

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.

Culture Wars 2.0

My review of the first book about the American art and culture critic Dave Hickey is out in Atheneum Review. Click on the image below to read the full text. Oppenheimer is the first writer to dedicate an entire book to Dave Hickey, who is now in his early eighties. Although Hickey made occasional public […]

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.