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LIVE from the NYPL: THE DILEMMA OF THE NEW: Michael Kimmelman

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December 9, 2005

Program Locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum

The Robert B. Silvers Lecture.

What comes after the shock of the new?

An informal defense of the personal pleasures of looking at art now, taking in changes over the last few decades and the current scene, from Matthew Barney, Christo, Richard Serra and earth art to modern memorials.

A decidedly personal approach to how we might respond to what's new. Kimmelman will argue against ideology and for the benefits of open eyes and an open mind.

About Michael Kimmelman:

Michael Kimmelman is the longtime chief art critic of The New York Times and a contributor to the New York Review of Books. Time Magazine describes his latest book, The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa, as a "transcendent experience." It has just been named a notable book of the year for 2005 by The Times. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Kimmelman is also the author of Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre and Elsewhere .

About The Robert B. Silvers Lecture:

The Robert B. Silvers Lecture is an annual series created by Max Palevsky in recognition of the work of Robert B. Silvers, co-editor of The New York Review of Books, of which he was a founder in 1963. The series features contemporary people whose fields correspond to the broad range of Mr. Silver?s interests in literature, the arts, politics, economics, history, and the sciences.