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Essays by

J. Hoberman

 

Gods and Monsters

Thompson’s late work was like a jam session in the Louvre: placing “primitive” roots in a dialectical relation to avant-garde “sophistication.”

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A Frank Exchange of Views

Alice Neel is generally thought to be twentieth-century America’s greatest portraitist—an assessment she would likely have rejected as too restrictive.

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Shock Value

If a painting is the material expression of an idea and if the ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, […]

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A Hard Case

Victor Serge was born into exile in 1890 and died in exile 57 years later. The child of Russian radicals who fled to Belgium in […]

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