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Richard Shiff

Richard Shiff is Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair at The University of Texas at Austin, and a Consulting Editor at the Rail.

Guest Critic

Reality by Chance

When a second observation connects to a first, it alters the sense. Whatever registers in consciousness, registers a difference—not only its own but also a difference in what came before.

Blur and Fuzz

The sociopathic killer Anton Chigurh, a creation of novelist Cormac McCarthy, enjoys using a coin toss to decide the fate of people he encounters.

In Conversation

RICHARD SHIFF with Jessamine Batario

We connected via Zoom to discuss Shiff's most recent publication, Sensuous Thoughts: Essays on the Work of Donald Judd (2020).

In Conversation

On Jasper Johns

Richard Shiff speaks with Scott Rothkopf and Carlos Basulado about their methodology for organizing the exhibition, Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror, the emotional range of Johns’s work, and how the artist’s personality connects to his work.

At Baselitz Academy

Two years ago, speaking from his studio, Georg Baselitz said that he felt “no more aggression” and had “nothing to prove.”

Markus Lüpertz: Four To Three To Two

If we follow the curatorial lead through Lüpertz’s retrospective at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, we witness an artist investigating in still imagery what the masters of 20th century cinema explored in moving pictures. Presenting a deeply researched account, curator Pamela Kort demonstrates the numerous analogies to filmic practice in Lüpertz’s art.

As It Feels

During recent decades, as Joachim Pissarro observes, theoretical constructs have guided the critical evaluation of visual art and even shaped its base in perceptual experience.

Richard Shiff

Jack Whitten, approaching 80, died too young. His work was still developing—rapidly, in fact—and he was generating a whirl of new ideas as if he had nothing old to rely on. This was so, because none of Jack’s older art had aged. His old wasn’t old.


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NOV 2023

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