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Michael J. Lewis

Michael J. Lewis

Michael J. Lewis is the Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History at Williams College and a longtime contributor to Commentary.

oil painting depicting World War I

In 1971 the performance artist Chris Burden stood against the wall of a California art gallery and ordered a friend to shoot him through the...

Why is the greatest comic author of the Weimar Republic unknown to the English-speaking world? Weimar Germany is part and parcel of any highbrow’s cultural...

To review favorably a work by Herman Wouk, America’s only prominent Orthodox Jewish novelist, is to break with long-standing Commentary precedent. Ever since his early...

Although the superstar architect Frank Gehry was selected three years ago to design the memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington D.C., his quirky schema...

Gem of the valley: a view of the museum's restaurant bridge (right) and gallery spaces. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened last month in...