I am an independent scholar in Art History based in Southern California whose focus is upon late twentieth and early twenty-first century art. Over the course of the past three decades, I have lived in and reported on the art scenes of New York, Miami, Toronto, Sydney, and now Los Angeles while working as a museum director and curator, university professor, museum educator, independent curator, and arts journalist. The goal of this website and of the art reviews and commentaries it presents is to share my observations and encounters with art and artists on the West Coast as well as during my frequent travels to New York and abroad.
At a time when much art reporting is dominated by market concerns, the daily newspaper and myriad online websites focused upon current sales and art’s investment value, the intention here is to reveal the wonder, beauty, and intellectual stimulation afforded by art, to revel in art’s capacity to stir the eye, heart, and mind. I will explore how an artist’s work may be seen, experienced, and interpreted, how it relates to art historical precedents and the work of the artist’s contemporaries, and why the work is meaningful in the context of the time and world in which we live.
This website as a whole presents an overview of my professional involvements over the past thirty-plus years. It includes a biographical summary, a detailed CV, links to and reprints of assorted articles and catalogue essays, and descriptions of courses I have taught (or am currently teaching). Many of the art journal articles and exhibition catalogue essays reprinted here are not available elsewhere online.