December 30, 2020
The widely accepted notion that “all art is political” is false. Plenty of visual art—landscapes, portraiture, still life—is unrelated to any social context. Moreover, much of...
September 30, 2020
Much like the devotional paintings hanging in our finest museums, the Gothic architecture that adorns American college campuses fails to elicit from visitors even the slightest religious feeling.
An evaluation of the most widely used textbook in art history maps the slow but steady erosion of imagery in art—and the loss of meaning, purpose, and understanding that representative art in th...
It might be true, as Irving Kristol once noted, that the culture war is over and conservatives lost. But there is always a saving remnant. “Despair is a sin.”
Given the speed with which authorities have acted to accommodate even acts of vandalism, it is surprising that so many protesters haven’t sought to achieve their ends democratically.
Identity theory insists that human beings experience the world as members of the identity group to which they belong. This idea is a “revolt against the concept of poetry,” which seeks to...
A review of The Ideal of Culture: Essays, Joseph Epstein, Axios, 2018, pp. 572, $17.49 hardcover.