Assessing the current state of photography in Britain and in the U.S., the author discerns pernicious links among enterprise culture, art-world simulationism, and the homophobic attacks of neoconservative American art critics. Read more
Hilton Kramer, former chief art critic for the New York Times and founder of the journal The New Criterion, died this morning in Harpswell, Me., according to the Times. He was 84. The cause is reported to be heart failure. Read more
In light of January’s Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, freedom of speech has become a front-of-mind issue once more. Yet, for all the grimness of ongoing external threats, artists in the land of the Patriot Act and National Security Agency phone surveillance might do well to guard, too, against powerful domestic threats to the First Amendment—a point reinforced by director Laura Poitras’s Oscar win last Sunday for Citizenfour. Read more
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