Good essays about art help us learn to see. Wonderful essays about the artists in our lives — which means all the artists through history, because, as Peter Schjeldahl so eloquently puts it, “all art is contemporary” —- help us learn how to live.
Peter Schjeldahl debunks (and praises) works of art, while also acknowledging the strategic importance of beauty.
Why do critics like the New Yorker‘s Peter Schjeldahl rush to absolve G.W. Bush?