FROM Jerry Saltz
When Celebrities Paint John Mellencamp’s going to be in New York City tomorrow — not to perform songs from his new album, but to attend the opening of an art show . His art show. Mellencamp’s the latest in a long list of high-profile celebrities who have turned to the fine arts to express themselves - including Tony Bennett, Sylvester Stallone and Miley Cyrus. John Mellencamp, "A Roomful of Angels," 2013 from The Isolation of Mister Oil on canvas ACA Galleries, New York
Chris Burden Los Angeles conceptual artist Chris Burden died over the weekend in his Topanga home. He was 69. Burden is best known for his piece “Urban Light,” the collection of street lights in front of LACMA that look like the Parthenon. But he began his career as an outrageous performance artist. For his master’s thesis at UC Irvine, Burden shut himself into a two-by-three foot school locker for five days. In 1975, at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, he lay completely still for 45 hours under a sheet of glass and next to a ticking clock. But the piece that caused the biggest uproar at the time was titled “Shoot.” In it he had himself shot in the arm by a friend with a rifle. We look back at Burden’s life and work. You can revisit KCRW's interview with Chris Burden for Design and Architecture here .
How Medieval Paintings Got an Art Critic Banned from Facebook Social media companies have a hard time when it comes to provocative art. One teacher in France was so incensed when Facebook removed a post of a close-up nude painted by Courbet, he sued the company. A French court has agreed to hear his case. Meanwhile, art critic Jerry Saltz has a similarly complicated relationship with social media, where he highlights little-known artists and long-forgotten paintings with arch and irreverent captions. He was rewarded last week by getting banned from Facebook after too many complaints from fellow users. His offense? Too many medieval paintings.
George W. Bush, The Painter A major exhibition by an important new artist debuted in Dallas this month: his name is George W. Bush. The former president’s paintings are on display at the Bush Presidential Centre in Dallas, Texas. And art critic Jerry Saltz has mixed feelings about them. The New York Magazine writer joins us for a review.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.