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...

To the Editor: I am sorry to read that Terry Teachout thinks all the music composed by Philip Glass is boring, including his Violin Concerto No....

For all its manifold beauties, the classical music of the 20th century has yet to become popular in America. One sign of its failure to...

To the Editor: Terry Teachout has written an excellent delineation of Mel Tormé’s place in American popular song [“Mel Tormé’s Torment,” December 2014]. The fact that...

Few things in the world of popular art are more dismaying than the spectacle of a beloved performer who goes on too long. The singer...

With a war lost by the president whom liberals urged, indeed demanded, to abandon unsettled Iraq to the rule of chaos, and with the conflict’s...

“The little lady from Krakow,” as Life magazine described Helena Rubinstein in 1941, lived large. No shrinking violet, the “world’s greatest beauty specialist” swathed herself...

When MelTormé died in 1999, the obituaries were respectful but not effusive. The New York Times, whose front-page obituary of Frank Sinatra described him as...

To the Editor: Bravo to Terry Teachout for pointing out the dominant, if depressing, current trend in Broadway musicals [“The Broadway Musical Crisis,” July/August]. I would...

The name Budd Schulberg is likely to evoke only faint recognition. Yet the film On the Waterfront, which he wrote, remains a legendary classic, and...