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Read this now? “Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists” by Kay Larson.

Yes, that’s a question mark up there in the title. I generally reserve ASfwSS book reviews for publications that I can wholeheartedly recommend. It seems like a waste of energy to write about anything else; there are plenty of other people who will cover them.

But a couple of weeks after this really disappointing […]

“The best exhibition I have ever seen, anywhere, in my life” – Francis Bacon at the Met.

Francis Bacon, "Head VI" 1949

I know it’s beyond a joke now, but having experienced “Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective” at the Met yesterday I now formally reinstate it as New York’s museum show of 2009. I admit I was thrilled by the Guggenheim’s “The […]

“A new fun brew!” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Kenny Scharf

For a lot of people, the new Rizzoli book about Kenny Scharf will seem a perfect match for his artistic personality: it’s big, it’s brash, it’s brightly colored, and it’s got a big-nosed, one-eyed cartoon character grinning out from the middle of it.

Rarely can an […]