Up Against the Walls

In the run up to the opening this Sunday of the big 25-year installation Sol LeWitt wall drawings at MASS MoCA, I’ve been thinking about what made those drawings fascinating. LeWitt was one of the earliest Conceptual artists, a pioneer of the idea that the idea behind a work of art was more important than the execution. As an artist …

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The Other Republican Nominee (Remember Him?) Speaks

At times this week, the aftermath of Election 2008 has seemed like a bronze-medal round in the Olympics: having lost the gold, the Palin side and the McCain side of the Republican ticket has squared off in the media postmortems, each to assign the other the greater share of blame for the loss. Sarah Palin, who has a political future to …

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The Morning After: Mind Over Matter

There are, if you look at it generously, two successful new network shows in fall 2008. Strangely, they are on at the same time. We’ve talked about Fringe a fair amount here—I still have last night’s on Tivo—but not so much CBS’s The Mentalist. I liked it better than I expected when I first saw it, but had the feeling that having …

Sol LeWitt at MASS MoCA

Two weeks ago I headed up to MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. to get an early look at their absolutely terrific new installation of 105 Sol LeWitt wall drawings, a career-spanning retrospective that opens on Sunday. This is no ordinary show. It’s going to stay on the walls at MASS MoCA for at least 25 years, so in effect it’s a mini …

Last Talk With: William Eggleston

Let’s finish up that conversation with the photographer William Eggleston, who’s retrospective opens Friday at the Whitney Museum in New York.

LACAYO: There are certain pictures of your’s that I think of as your Nan Goldin pictures.

EGGLESTON: Nan and I are very close. I adore her. We talk back and forth all the time.

LACAYO: For …

Sol LeWitt at MASS MoCA

Two weeks ago I headed up to MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. to get an early look at their absolutely terrific new installation of 105 Sol LeWitt wall drawings, a career-spanning retrospective that opens on Sunday. This is no ordinary show. It’s going to stay on the walls at MASS MoCA for at least 25 years, so in effect it’s a mini …

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