W.S. Di Piero

W.S. Di Piero

W.S. Di Piero is a recipient of Guggenheim, Lila Wallace-Readers Digest awards, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. He lives in San Francisco and is the author of numerous books of poetry and essays. He wrote an essay on his father in June of 2000.

His recent books include Nitro Nights (2011, Copper Canyon) and TOMBO (2014, McSweeney's). Prior to that was When Can I See You Again: New Art Writings (2010, Pressed Wafer), which contains many of his Reader columns.

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Sparky, hectic, unmediated inventiveness on display

This way to Radium Girl!

The Self-Taught Genius exhibit at the Mingei, artifacts from their conversation with the world

Stunning but remote physicality in Essaydi’s women

The poses matter.

Essaydi’s women don’t “present” to the viewer: each has an inner life made visible but unavailable to us.

Turner set free

Nature as roughhouse theater

JMW Turner: Painting Set Free at the Getty through May 24.

Koudelka was into enormity

History happens

An enormous crowd pushes against an advancing tank, as if to deny its force.

March of time

20th Century icons from an old art museum in Buffalo are at the Museum of Art.

“I have always liked hot music. There’s something wrong with an American who doesn’t.”

Picture of crude force

Inside Marsden Hartley’s head and heart

Rilke announced in a poem the arrival of the great war god who would renew humanity.

With cruel glee

Ensor in his own cranky temperament

The Scandalous Art of James Ensor explores the art of the Great Distruber.

Fevered, emotionally reportorial realism

Art for life's sake

“The stroke is just like the artist at the time he makes it.” Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain, on view at the San Diego Museum of Art until September 9.

The Queen and her subjects

I haven’t owned a camera for 30 years and don’t yet have a smartphone. I’ve been writing about photography for 30 years, and when I was very young it shaped my sensibility in ways I’m ...

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