The Style Blog: Critic's Notebook


Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 04/04/2014

More paintings from the Bush atelier

George Bush unveils his paintings on ‘Today Show’

By Philip Kennicott  |  01:32 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 02/14/2014

Cupid comes out of storage at the Corcoran

The Corcoran Gallery will unveil its refreshed European galleries tomorrow, and included among the works on display is this impish fellow, Etienne-Maurice Falconet’s “Menacing Cupid.”

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:48 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 02/13/2014

The new NEA head: Let’s hope she’s not a team player

Chu needs to act to keep funding for the arts

By Philip Kennicott  |  11:41 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 02/11/2014

The President takes a moment to view Edward Hopper paintings

What do photographs of presidents in solitude say?

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:12 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Why I won’t see the Lego movie

Lego movie defiles the toy

By Philip Kennicott  |  01:33 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Can art ever compete with football?

Arts, not football, should enjoy tax exempt status

By Philip Kennicott  |  11:42 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 02/07/2014

An American icon goes public

Jefferson described this “most sublime of Nature’s works.” Now, an American icon goes public.

By Philip Kennicott  |  02:37 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 02/03/2014

The Franklin School: An Interview with Dani Levinas

Franklin Schoolhouse to be converted into space for the arts

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:56 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture, D.C.

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 02/03/2014

Feeling angry at Philip Seymour Hoffman

His death forecloses so many possibilities, roles never played, characters never created, ideas never expressed.

By Philip Kennicott  |  10:59 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Critic's Notebook, Movies

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 01/31/2014

A Super Bowl Art Wager: Denver Wins

Tsuji Kako, Super Bowl, Art Wager, Seattle Art Museum, Frederic Remington

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:12 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Phillips Collection Dismisses Authors’ Claim that Van Goghs Were Forged

Authors in new book claim Phillips’ Van Gogh is fogery; Museum dispustes it.

By Philip Kennicott  |  03:49 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 01/30/2014

President Obama disses culture with “art history degree” punch line

President Obama disses Art History majors

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:45 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 01/23/2014

9/11 Museum sets admission price at $24

By Philip Kennicott  |  06:51 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 01/14/2014

What you should be listening to: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks; Sicko Mobb; Seixlack

A weekly selection of recommended recordings.

By Chris Richards  |  12:13 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Six overlooked albums from 2013

From the demented pop of Pretty and Nice to the mutated jazz of Dawn of Midi, some of the best albums of the year that you probably didn’t hear

By Chris Richards  |  10:17 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 12/17/2013

George Zimmerman’s Dog Whistle Art

George Zimmerman’s painting of an American flag for sale on EBay.

By Philip Kennicott  |  04:07 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Portland brings the (Francis) Bacon

Portland Museum of Art to display most expensive painting sold at auction -- a triptych by Francis Bacon.

By Philip Kennicott  |  11:28 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Support for “Kunsthalle” proposal grows

Key players line up to support Franklin School as ‘Kunsthalle’ arts space.

By Philip Kennicott  |  12:57 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Mandela’s memorial service highlights the humor of bad translation

From English comedian Catherine Tate to SNL’s Chris Christie sketch, translation, or rather mistranslation, is inherently fraught with potential humor.

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:46 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Critic’s Notebook: Gorgeous Children; 7 Days of Funk; R. Kelly

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  03:38 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Snowflakes, it turns out, are only occasionally beautiful

Are snowflakes really beautiful? Or is it our natural inclination to find beauty where there is only randomness and disorder?

By Philip Kennicott  |  10:20 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 12/04/2013

How NOT to sell Detroit’s Art

Museums should look at the sad story of Detroit and figure out a way to avoid putting art in peril.

By Philip Kennicott  |  10:32 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 11/27/2013

For art lovers, Detroit is a tale of two cities

Detroit center of debate over importance of art.

By Philip Kennicott  |  01:57 PM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Critic’s Notebook: Kelley Stoltz, Juana Molina and Julie Roberts

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  12:24 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Tink, Deap Vally, Oneohtrix Point Never: Critic’s Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  11:36 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Danny Brown, Boogarins, Earnest Pugh: Critic’s Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  06:03 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Chvrches, Alan Jackson, Asia Argento: Critic’s Notebook

New albums from the Scottish electro-pop trio and country’s greatest traditionalist.

By Chris Richards  |  10:07 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Ras Nebyu, Charlie Worsham, Lulacruza and Goodie Mob: Critic's Notebook

Critic's notebook

By Chris Richards  |  06:53 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 08/12/2013

Pillbuster, K.Michelle, Steve Arrington and Dam-Funk: Critic's Notebook

Critic's Notebook

By Chris Richards  |  06:16 PM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:02 PM ET, 08/05/2013

Shy Glizzy, Derrick Hodge, Father's Children: Critic's Notebook

Notable new recordings from D.C. rapper Shy Glizzy, reunited D.C. funk band Father's Children and Philly-rooted jazz bassist Derrick Hodge

By Chris Richards  |  09:02 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:02 PM ET, 07/29/2013

Vince Gill and Paul Franklin, GEMS, R.L. Grime: Critic's Notebook

Country star Gill pays tribute to the Bakersfield sound; plus new tunes from a D.C. duo and a top trap producer

By Chris Richards  |  10:02 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Ikonika, Weekend, South Rail: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  02:49 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Disclosure, Iamsu!: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  12:14 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Eric Strickland, Eleanor Friedberger, Classixx: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:57 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 05/28/2013

The Devil, Little Mix, the Underachievers: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  12:05 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 05/21/2013

Roomrunner, Tree, Patty Griffin: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  11:22 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Randy Rogers Band, Britta Persson, Chapin Sisters: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:19 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Mikal Cronin, R.L. Grime, Little Boots: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  09:00 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Charli XCX, Lori McKenna, Iggy and the Stooges, Allison Miller: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:00 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Phoenix, Colin Stetson, GrandeMarshall: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  09:56 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013

Critic's Notebook: Thee Oh Sees, Cassie

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 04/09/2013

Critic's Notebook: Bleached, Deadstring Brothers

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:37 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 04/02/2013

Critic's Notebook: Gretchen Wilson, Hiss Golden Messenger, Daft Punk

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  11:07 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 03/26/2013

Critic's Notebook: Cigarette, Yelawolf, Alice Smith

Critic's Notebook | Notable recordings including: Cigarette, Yelawolf, Alice Smith.

By Chris Richards  |  10:47 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Critic's Notebook: DJ Rashad, Julian Lynch, Disclosure

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:34 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Critic's Notebook: Shooter Jennings, Marcus Canty

Waylon's son stays on his own outlaw path and local R

By Chris Richards  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Critic's Notebook: Rhye, Helado Negro, Young Thug

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  09:59 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Critic's Notebook: 3rd and Union, Moon B

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:11 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:46 PM ET, 02/18/2013

Critic's Notebook: Fat Trel and Louie V Mob, Iceage, Chelsea Light Moving

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  09:46 PM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Critic's Notebook: Jose James, Kevin Gates, Mikky Echo

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:21 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Critic's Notebook: My Bloody Valentine, Lucrecia Dalt, Holly Williams, Le1f

My Bloody Valentine returns after a 20-plus year absence. Plus, new recordings by Lucrecia Dalt, Holly Williams and Le1f.

By Chris Richards  |  10:19 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Critic's Notebook: Lonnie Holley, Future, Western Medication

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:09 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 01/22/2013

Critic's Notebook: Pro Era, Dawn Richard, Nosaj Thing

Critic's Notebook: Pro Era, Dawn Richard, Nosaj Thing

By Chris Richards  |  12:15 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Critic’s Notebook: Parquet Courts, Destiny’s Child, Dylan Ryan/Sand

By Chris Richards  |  09:56 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:47 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Critic’s Notebook: Ashley Monroe, Wale, Burial and Skrillex

New music from Ashley Monroe, Wale, Burial and Skrillex

By Chris Richards  |  10:47 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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