Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: The Whitney Biennial Top 10

April 5, 2024

One of the best reasons to visit this year’s Whitney Biennial is Isaac Julien’s immersive multiscreen video installation, Once Again. . . (Statues Never Die), 2022, that also includes vitrines with Harlem Renaissance-era sculptures by Richmond Barthé, African sculptures, and contemporary works by Matthew Angelo Harrison. Julien interweaves historical footage and new images in the […]

London Diary: Art After Lockdown

October 26, 2020

Visiting the Whitechapel Gallery after lockdown was the first time, to my knowledge, that I had my temperature read in public. I can tell you that I saw Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium on Sunday, July 26 at 4:30, because I had to book in advance and I still have the confirmation email. […]

Words and Images Commingle in Social-distance Intimacy

August 17, 2020

In a time long ago, before photography, and certainly before the internet or widespread world travel, words were the primary conduit to experiencing an artwork from afar. Words aspired to, in the best of circumstances, convey the essence and the sensation of being in the presence of an artwork to readers who might never see […]