Temptation

I’m attempting to read Gustav Flaubert’s The Temptation of Saint Anthony.

Devotional Image

She gave me the most magnificent gift: a small framed reproduction of my favorite painting.

October 17, 2020

Monument

I’m always captivated by Louise Nevelson’s monuments built from pieces of furniture painted black.

June 30, 2020

Shadow

Sometimes I find comfort in a two-thousand-year-old myth about a Chinese emperor.

April 23, 2020

Ruins

Flipping through an old notebook last night, I came across a page dedicated to the first time I saw a painting by Hubert Robert.

April 19, 2020

Interference

I find myself frequently returning to a century-old line from The Surrealist Manifesto: “Let yourself be carried along. Events will not tolerate your interference.”

March 10, 2020

Denial

A note on Barnett Newman’s portrait of “the agony that is single, constant, unrelenting, willed—world without end.”

March 8, 2020

Country

Went to an exhibition about the countryside that felt like walking into a Wikipedia entry written under the influence of heavy-duty stimulants.

March 7, 2020

Armory

The brittle energy of coronavirus anxiety commingled with ritualized decadence. Face masks and champagne stations.

January 24, 2020

Future

People sweep through the galleries, looking at the paintings only through the screens of their phones. Taking pictures is how we see the present moment.

January 21, 2020

Self

I was shaken by Helene Schjerfbeck’s self-portraits at the Finnish National Gallery.

Decree #1 on the Democratization of Art

A manifesto written by Mayakovsky, Kamensky, and Burlluk on March 15, 1918.