Ben Davis

Ben Davis is an art critic living in New York.

Nov. 14 2013 12:54 PMStef and JeffLady Gaga stands up for the rights of starving artist Jeff Koons.
Oct. 22 2013 11:45 PMLaughing All the Way to the BanksyWhy Bloomberg’s New York needs Britain’s most famous street artist
Dec. 1 2011 4:59 PMMaurizio Cattelan Is the Art World’s Greatest Prankster. But Is the Joke on Us?
Sept. 16 2010 6:52 AMStarry NightsWhy are so many artists using celebrities in their paintings, sculptures, and installations?
Feb. 24 2010 9:39 AMFreaking Out the Old MastersWhy the Whitney Museum chose George Condo to represent the state of art in 2010.
Nov. 18 2009 11:27 AMHello, DalíThe surreal, high-concept showmanship of Urs Fischer.
Nov. 6 2013 10:05 AMMi Gosh and By-heckDeborah Solomon’s life of Norman Rockwell, whose art looked back to an America that never was.
Oct. 15 2013 8:45 AMAre Artists to Blame for Gentrification?Or would SoHo, Chelsea, and Williamsburg have gentrified without them?
Nov. 18 2010 12:05 PMThe King of CuteYoshitomo Nara's art is undeniably adorable. Is it meaningful?
May 26 2010 7:43 AMIs Street Art Over?Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop is a poisoned valentine to the movement he made famous.
Dec. 31 2009 10:07 AMTim Burton's Charmed LifeIs the acclaimed Hollywood filmmaker an artist?



The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee

Medical Examiner

Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?

Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?


Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The World’s Human Rights Violators Are Signatories on the World’s Human Rights Treaties

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 12:44 AM We Need More Ben Bradlees His relationship with John F. Kennedy shows what’s missing from today’s Washington journalism.
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 3:03 PM Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PM Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 9:42 PM The All The President’s Men Scene That Perfectly Captured Ben Bradlee’s Genius
Oct. 21 2014 11:44 PM Driving in Circles The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.