“Disorientation”: I review a photography show at the Sackler Gallery

for AmCon: Now that the shutdown is over, I can tell you about a small but punchy photography exhibit at the Sackler. “Sense of Place,” which runs through November 11, disrupts many of the cliches of East vs. West. In these tired oppositions, Europe is a clash of swords and horses; China, Japan, or any [Read More...]

“In Love and Struggle”: I review LaToya Ruby Frazier at the Brooklyn Museum

It’s a terrific show, closing THIS SUNDAY, so check it out if you’re in the area! It’s the kind of Mother’s Day card you might give if you come from an especially unflinching family: A mother stands tall and imposing in front of the camera, facing it squarely and glaring at it. The daughter stands [Read More...]

Photographs of Moms Being Treated for Painkiller Addiction

at the Wall Street Journal: A small but growing number of clinics for mothers-to-be are cropping up around the country in response to a prescription-drug epidemic, which has triggered a rise of addicted mothers giving birth to drug-dependent babies. Between 2000 and 2009, the number of newborns showing symptoms of withdrawal from opioids, which are [Read More...]

Probably from “Sculpting in Time: The Great Russian Filmmaker Discusses His Art”

“What is art?,” asked Tarkovsky. “Like a declaration of love: the consciousness of our dependence on each other. A confession. An unconscious act that none the less reflects the true meaning of life—love and sacrifice.” –I found it here [Read more...]

“Reference of Frame”

I review an art exhibit, at AmCon–and this exhibit closes at the end of December, so go soon! In the past several years photographers Claire Felicie and Lalage Snow have independently published pictures of soldiers taken before, during, and after their service in Afghanistan. It’s easy to project one’s own beliefs about the war, and [Read More...]

“Public Faces”

in which I review the National Gallery of Art exhibit, “I Spy: Photography and the Theater of the Street, 1938 – 2010.” Show closes August 5 so you should go soon! Review is subscribers-only, at least for now. [Read more...]

“Rogue Photographer with a Camera out of the Garbage”

Does what it says on the tin. [Read more...]