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Gabriel Orozco’s Four Bicycles (There Is Always One Direction) (1994), from the Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz Collection, installed at the Museum of Modern Art
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by Charlie Finch

John Updike once rather acidly remarked that "an artist sets sail for the horizon, while a critic hugs the shore." While this observation didn't prevent Updike from penning some perceptive art criticism, he has a point. I just finished reading Craig Seligman's excellent 2004 study Sontag and Kael: Opposites Attract Me, a careful bumper-cars tour through the pride and prejudices of two of the last century's cultural mark-makers.