Richard Shiff is Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair at The University of Texas at Austin, and a Consulting Editor at the Rail.
| Editor's Message
When a second observation connects to a first, it alters the sense. Whatever registers in consciousness, registers a differencenot only its own but also a difference in what came before.
Two years ago, speaking from his studio, Georg Baselitz said that he felt no more aggression and had nothing to prove.
| 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.
The sociopathic killer Anton Chigurh, a creation of novelist Cormac McCarthy, enjoys using a coin toss to decide the fate of people he encounters.
| 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.