Modern art Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

The Pompidou Centre, Paris’s Great Blemish

From no angle does the ostentatious Pompidou Centre fit in with its surroundings, nor did it occur to its architects that it should.

A Last Chance to Win One for Ike?

Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial design is a monument to Gehry, not Eisenhower. The planners, the president, and the secretary of the interior must step in before it’s too late.

Jeff Koons’ Big Bunch of Banality

A proposed design for a memorial to victims of terrorism in Paris is contentless, ahistorical, lightweight, and just plain silly.

Guggenheim’s Throne

Museum press releases rarely boast about the purchase of a new toilet. The one recently acquired by the Guggenheim Museum, however, is no standard-issue Kohler.

A Point of View: How Do We Know Real Art When We See It?

Beauty, form, and redemption are the elements of every true work of art.

A Point of View: The Strangely Enduring Power of Kitsch

Modern art has been shaped, above all else, by a fear of kitsch, but modernists’ obsession with fake emotion continues to haunt their enterprise.

A Point of View: Has Modern Art Exhausted Its Power to Shock?

It is worth asking ourselves why the cult of fake originality has such a powerful appeal to our cultural institutions, so that every museum and art gallery, and every publicly funded concert hall, has to take it seriously.