Articles by Andrew Solomon:

Aug 2011

Zen and the Art of Xu Bing

In Xu Bing’s work, words are not superimposed on the detritus of the event; they emerge, instead, as the voids, the literal nothingness on the gallery floor.

Sep 2009

The Third Mind

Review of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum exhibition, “The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989.”

Oct 2005

Tours De Force

Review of “Ballets Russes,” by Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine.

Oct 2004

This Diverse Realm, This Melting Pot, This…China?

Review of the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition, “China: Dawn of a Golden Age, 200-750 A.D.”

Apr 2004


What is the purpose of men’s clothing of style, be that style extravagant or controlled?

Sep 2003

The Picasso of Washington Square

Review of “Arshile Gorky: His Life and Work,” by Hayden Herrera.

May 2003


Review of “Art Held Hostage: The Battle over the Barnes Collection,” by John Anderson.

Sep 2002

True to Life

Both in his life and in his work, Frank Moore harnessed outrage as an engine of creation and kept bitterness at bay.

Mar 2002

An Awakening From the Nightmare of the Taliban

The Afghans, with their rich culture largely destroyed, are hungry now for the arts.

Nov 2001

An Ancient Garden Youthfully Abloom

From classical painting to bold conceptualism, a far flung culture sprouts an abundance of styles.