And While I’m Away…

February 18, 2014

… I’ll write home every day, and send all my loving to you. It’s the Beatles, of course. This was 1964. Writing home every day meant an actual piece of paper and an envelope, with address and stamp. A trip …

12 Years a Slave

February 7, 2014

Despite its unquestionable power, I left this movie troubled as much by what I felt to be a false note as by its indictment of the cruelties of slavery, whose dreadful heritage still haunts the American conscience and scars the American soul.

Searching, Searching…

January 21, 2014

The Richard Diebenkorn exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum is an inspiration and a revelation for anyone interested in watching the creative mind at work. It covers only a relatively brief period of the artist’s work, “The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966,” but they are…

It’s the Eye…

June 20, 2013

…No, it’s the mind. No, it’s the mind’s eye. The James Turrell exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opens all three–eye, mind, mind’s eye, and leaves the visitor… well, ecstatic, if ecstasy is understood as ec-stasis, a knocking…

Richard Jackson at Orange County Museum of Art

April 9, 2013

If you’re in the area, don’t miss the rare opportunity for a Richard Jackson retrospective exhibition at the Orange County Museum of Art. In fact, it’s worth traveling a good long way to see: I’m surprised to be informed that it…

David Hockney (Modern Masters)

March 1, 1995
Cover: David Hockney - Modern Masters by Peter Clothier

For a contemporary artist of serious aesthetic purpose, David Hockney enjoys immense, perhaps unequaled public visibility: the shock of dyed blond hair, the owlish glasses, and the shy, schoolboy grin are known as much through the popular press as through the journals of the art world. His engaging personality, his quirky but always enlightening ideas about art, and his inexhaustible inventiveness both of imagery and of techniques ranging from oil painting to photography to faxes are captured by Peter Clothier with clear-eyed intelligence and grace in this concise but comprehensive overview.