Herb Ritts

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Wild about Harry

What I want to do — what most photographers want to do — is write Harry Callahan a love letter. At the very least, he deserves an elaborate thank-you note for innovating or validating 80 percent of the successful photographs we ever took.
Trailblazing along a narrow path
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  December 11, 2009

Updike does death, R. Crumb does God, Vanity Fair does Proust

Trying to reach as broad a range of tastes and pocketbooks as possible, we this year scavenged everything from the front pages of the Onion to R. Crumb's genesis, to valedictory Updike. Stuff to read, stuff to look at, glossy pages and matte. Remember
Gift books to savor
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 11, 2009

More than a feeling

The centerpiece of the Museum of Fine Arts' "Contemporary Outlook: Seeing Songs" is Candice Breitz's 2005 Queen (A Portrait of Madonna), a wall of 30 televisions, each showing a different Madonna fan singing a cappella to her 1990 greatest-hits compilat
Music inspires art at the MFA, Panopticon, and the Gardner
By GREG COOK  |  July 24, 2009

Photos: 'Seeing Songs' at MFA

Contemporary Outlook: Seeing Songs at the MFA
An eclectic mix of work that draws on music as inspiration
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 17, 2009

Gay old time

Many people take for granted that the divide between gay culture and mainstream culture is as thin as the latex of an expensive condom.
Ten moments when the mainstream assimilated gay culture and made it its own
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  May 30, 2007

The great outdoors

The conundrum, as Sandy Litchfield boiled it down for me recently, was that we’ve all seen stunning sunsets in nature, but what painting has evoked that same sensation?
Sandy Litchfield, Michael Lynch, and Joseph Barbieri encounter landscape
By GREG COOK  |  April 20, 2006