Posts Tagged ‘Clement Greenberg’

Why “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” Executive Order is a Very Bad Idea

Arts and humanities quarterly Athenaeum Review published the online version of my essay “Classicism by Decree” which will also appear in print in the upcoming issue. The essay was prompted by a leaked draft of a new executive order “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” meant to supplant the existing General Services Administration Guiding Principles for […]

Bob Ross and the art historical canon

If we take Henri Matisse’s famous assertion that art should be something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue at face value, we might end up with something approaching the “happy [x]” philosophy of Bob Ross, whose message was perfectly suited for television—the medium which help to spread it. I discuss […]