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Time-Traveling Art Critics

Post #1883 • January 4, 2021, 3:57 PM • 1 Comment

Ann Landi at Vasari21:

...I asked a group of art writers what era would most appeal if they could time travel to another age and place. ...our intrepid travelers, male and female, fantasized about evenings with the Dadaists, visits to Rodin’s studio, knocking back tequila with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and sojourns to artists’ workshops in Ghent and Bruges in the age of Memling.

Respondents include Karen Wilkin, Carol Kino, Kim Levin, Edith Newhall, Peter Plagens, Elisa Turner, Peter Frank, Laurie Fendrich, and yours truly. Enjoy.



Doug Bowker

January 4, 2021, 5:17 PM

Some entertaining little essays with this question! I was however surprised that so many picked times that were not just near our lifetimes, but in one case within them (for some of us anyway). However if you thought to pick visiting NYC in the past, would the late '70s really be the time to do it? Sure, punk-rock, Warhol, and free love all were in the smog-filled air. But for a reality check, perhaps another viewing of Taxi Driver might be in order before you rev up your nuclear-powered Delorean?



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