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Page from Windsor McCay’s Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend (1904)
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by Charlie Finch

Roberta Smith’s Thursday review in the New York Times of two group shows of skeletons and skulls at Cheim & Read and Dinter Fine Art ends with the gloomy philosophical observation that life is steeped in death, that being born, living and expiring are all one constant of dying. Samuel Johnson was so fearful in being immersed in such a reality that he had his friend Hester Thrale tie him up in chains, in secret, and whip him to disperse such intimations of morbidity.