Articles by Thomas Micchelli

Opicinus de Canistris (1296–ca. 1354), Diagram with Zodiac Symbols, folio 24r, Diagram with Zodiac Symbols, folio 24r, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican City, Pal. Lat. 1993

Dialing Back

Dialing Back

Turning again to the oracular nature of art (see Monday’s post), it is compelling to consider that, in the Western canon, drawing as an autonomous art form first came into …

Pablo Picasso, The King of the Minotaurs (1958). Oil on canvas.

Labyrinths

Labyrinths

The other night I was at a dinner where someone suggested that, all things being equal, what ultimately makes the difference in a body of work is the character of …

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No Expectations

No Expectations

In his New York Times article on the opening of the Venice Biennale, Michael Kimmelman laments that the look of the exhibition “suggests a somewhat dull, deflated contemporary art world, professionalized …

Webpage from the redesigned MoMA.org, with images from the Online Collection.

Flash Points

Money Changes Everything

Flash Points

Money Changes Everything

I remember, back when I was in art school, walking into a lecture hall where someone had scrawled on the chalkboard, “The only true artists are amateurs.” That was the …

Jacques-Louis David, "The Death of Marat," 1793 (Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels)

Flash Points

Sade 2.0

Flash Points

Sade 2.0

On February 7th I drove to the Kasser Theater at Montclair State University to see a performance of The Investigation, a 1966 documentary drama by Peter Weiss (1916-1982), the expatriate German artist and …