Sarah Boxer

Deirdre Bair’s Saul Steinberg

January 2013

Saul Steinberg: A Biography, by Deirdre Bair. New York: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2012. 732 pages.  BIOGRAPHY IS A FORM OF INDENTURED SERVITUDE. The writer devotes years of his or her life worrying the details of someone else’s—a life deemed… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2013 [TOC]

Yoshitomo Nara

January 2011

THE LAST TIME Yoshitomo Nara’s cute ’n’ angry girls appeared in New York in a big way, they were under the umbrella of “Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture,” Takashi Murakami’s provocative show at the Japan Society in 2005.… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2011 [TOC]

F. Holland Day

April 2008

ALFRED STIEGLITZ, EDWARD STEICHEN, AND JULIA MARGARET CAMERON have all had large exhibitions in the last few years. So why not F. Holland Day? F. Holland who?  Fred Holland Day was born in Boston in 1864, the same year as Stieglitz. Like … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2001 [TOC]

Saul Steinberg

February 2007

SAUL STEINBERG, the New Yorker artist famous for his map of the self-centered way Manhattanites see the world, was practically a household name in America for the second half of the twentieth century. But in art history he is nowhere. Why? … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2007 [TOC]

“Masters of American Comics”

April 2006

FIFTEEN YEARS is a long time to prepare a retort. “Masters of American Comics,” an exhibition certifying the genius of fifteen male comics artists, eleven of them dead, seems to be a detailed answer to the Museum of Modern Art’s infamous … READ ON

IN PRINT April 2006 [TOC]

Richard Avedon

September 2002

Curated by Laura Hoptman Richard Avedon’s life as a portrait photographer began in the ’40s when he was assigned to take mug shots in the merchant marines. “I must have taken pictures of maybe 100,000 baffled faces before it ever occurred to… READ ON


Lewis Carroll

May 2002

Take away the whiff of pedophilia in the photographs of Lewis Carroll and what’s left? Perhaps the idea that Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Carroll, was playing on the boundaries between dreaming and waking and between theatricality and … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2002 [TOC]

Irving Penn

April 2002

In 1991, more than forty years after he had completed his first nudes, Irving Penn declared: “The relationship between us was professional, without a hint of sexual response. Anything else would have made pictures like these impossible.”  In… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2002 [TOC]

The Book of 101 Books

April 2002

STRIP AWAY THE LUSH trappings of The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century (PPP Editions/Roth Horowitz, 2001), and you basically have a list. But what a list! It begins with The North American Indian, Edward… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2002 [TOC]

September 11 in image and print

December 2001

THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, were beyond measure. But when the day ended, the visual limits were fixed. The editors of news agencies and newspapers had their film. For all time, there would be certain balls of fire, certain bits of … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2002 [TOC]