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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.

For a museum, nothing is more difficult to exhibit than architecture. Unless you can haul in the buildings themselves, you have to make do with...

Not very long ago it seemed that George W. Bush—he of the mangled syntax, chronic malapropisms, and conspicuously laissez-faire attitude toward the relationship between nouns...

For the building of great and lasting monuments, wealth alone is insufficient; nor is it even necessary. Even the wealthiest societies, if they are missing...

Is any country in the world as conservative about its currency as the United States? For two centuries, the same tight repertoire of symbols and...

The Twilight of the Intellectuals: Culture and Politics in the Era of the Cold War by Hilton Kramer Ivan R. Dee. 363 pp. $27.50 “In a peaceful age,”...

What can be more peculiar than the reputation of Jackson Pollock, familiar to the public not so much for his paintings as for how he...

For three decades, art criticism in America was the domain of a rule-giving prophet, and woe to those who drew his wrath. A few laconic...

After fourteen years of planning and construction, and at the cost of a cool billion dollars, America’s most expensive art museum, the Getty Center in...

The architect Louis I. Kahn (1901-74) was a classic late bloomer. He was nearly sixty when Richards Medical Laboratory, his first project to be internationally...

Riot and Response The Year After the Riots: American Responses to the Palestine Crisis of 1929-30. by Naomi W. Cohen. Wayne State University Press. 204 pp. $24.95. Some 130...