Christopher Benfey

Christopher Benfey is Mellon professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His latest book, A Summer of Hummingbirds, about writers and artists in Gilded Age America, has just been published by the Penguin Press.

Art
Jan. 31 2007 7:15 AMTargeting Jasper JohnsIs the artist overrated?
Art
Nov. 29 2006 11:46 AMJoseph Cornell's Virtual RealityWhat was he building in his basement?
Art
Oct. 2 2006 7:41 AMConstable's CrucibleDid the British painter invent Impressionism?
Art
June 20 2006 3:53 PMPerils of AdeleRonald S. Lauder buys a Klimt.
Architecture
June 16 2003 4:11 PMMonumental FollyA look at telling absences in art history tells us why not to build a monument at the WTC.
Art
Dec. 2 1998 3:30 AMSeveral Hundred Years of SolitudeJapanese art before Commodore Perry.
Art
Oct. 7 1998 3:30 AMPoetry of the OrdinaryVan Gogh is less strange than you think. And more so.
Art
July 23 1998 3:30 AMThe Order of ThingsArt and anarchy at midcentury.
Art
June 10 1998 3:30 AMDungeons and DragonsWhat escapism looked like back then.
Art
May 6 1998 3:30 AMWandering Jew
Art
March 12 1998 3:30 AMNo CigarThe creation of Chuck Close, art-world hero.
Art
Feb. 19 1998 3:30 AMEast as EdenFive thousand years of Chinese wit and sophistication.
Art
Nov. 13 1997 3:30 AMA Certain Slant of LightRenoir's luminescence is darker than one might think.
Art
Oct. 23 1997 3:30 AMA Poet of Sexual GloomStanley Spencer at the Hirshhorn.
Art
June 26 1997 3:30 AMObjects of BeautyStill lifes and natures mortes at the Museum of Modern Art.
Art
Dec. 20 2006 6:06 AMThe Uninhibited BrushA thousand years of Japanese picture books.
Art
Nov. 8 2006 7:38 AMPictures at an ExecutionManet's most puzzling project.
Art
Sept. 15 2006 7:28 AMAmbroise VollardWhat secrets did the great gossip and collector hide?
Pulp Fiction
May 24 2006 6:08 AMPurloined PoeFact is invading fiction.
Art
Oct. 23 2001 9:54 AMValues, ShmaluesDon't mistake Pieter de Hooch for a stodgy moralist.
Art
Oct. 21 1998 3:30 AMCamera ObscuraDegas' funereal photography.
Art
Sept. 23 1998 3:30 AMStill WatersMonet's late works run surprisingly deep.
Art
June 28 1998 3:30 AMBathroom BeautyPierre Bonnard's voyeuristic obsession.
Art
May 14 1998 3:30 AMHeavenly RectanglesMark Rothko's floating abstractions of despair.
The Breakfast Table
June 23 1999 1:06 AMDissecting the Day's News
Art
March 1 1998 3:30 AMSex MachinesFernand Léger and his women.
Books
Feb. 11 1998 3:30 AMTrue ConfessionsHughes speaks.
Photography
Oct. 30 1997 3:30 AMTheater of WarThe real story behind Mathew Brady's Civil War photographs.
Books
July 9 1997 3:30 AMTrouble in ParadiseSplendor and sadness in Derek Walcott's The Bounty.
Photography
Feb. 20 1997 3:30 AMToys Are UsDavid Levinthal's dollhouse history.

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