Articles by Andrew Solomon: Visual Art

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.

Nov 2009

Paintings by Anne Connell

You see at once that the work is beautiful, but you can tell that it is not simply about its own beauty.

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.

Mar 2005

From Imaging to Image

With imaging, what was abstract becomes palpable; what we comprehend visually is more convincing to us than numeric sequences.

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.

Jan 2003

Ilya Kabakov: An Appreciation

What you make seems at once impossible and true, and makes us feel that all human enterprise is both impossible and true.