RICHARD SHIFF is the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair at The University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Center for the Study of Modernism. His most recent publications are Ellsworth Kelly: New York Drawings 1954-1962 (Prestel, 2014) and exhibition essays for Peter Doig (at Michael Werner) and Keith Sonnier (at Pace).
The sociopathic killer Anton Chigurh, a creation of novelist Cormac McCarthy, enjoys using a coin toss to decide the fate of people he encounters.
| In Memoriam
Jack Whitten, approaching 80, died too young. His work was still developing—rapidly, in fact—and he was generating a whirl of new ideas as if he had nothing old to rely on. This was so, because none of Jack’s older art had aged. His old wasn’t old.
| Critics Page
During recent decades, as Joachim Pissarro observes, theoretical constructs have guided the critical evaluation of visual art and even shaped its base in perceptual experience.