Rachel Cooke

For Rachel Cooke's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

New survey of art fosters discussion

Sep 28, 2013

New survey of art fosters discussion

It goes without saying that giving a book the title “100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age” is a hostage to fortune. We lack the necessary perspective when it comes to judging what it is about our time that is most important ...

Amusing graphic novel about bipolar disorder

Sep 7, 2013

Amusing graphic novel about bipolar disorder

Until she was 30, Ellen Forney, an award-winning Seattle-based artist, took her slightly unusual personality for granted. Her obsession with exercise, her impulsive sexuality, her bouts of ecstasy: she considered these things, however uncomfortable, a major part of who she was. After all, aren’t ...

The messy, chaotic real life of artists

Aug 3, 2013

The messy, chaotic real life of artists

A couple of years ago, the New Yorker writer Janet Malcolm, who knows enough about journalism to hardly ever give interviews herself, spoke to Katie Roiphe for the Paris Review. Except that she didn’t actually speak to her — or at least, not while ...

Time for a fresh look at the life and art of L.S. Lowry

Jun 15, 2013

Time for a fresh look at the life and art of L.S. Lowry

In a somewhat stark meeting room at Tate Britain, the curators of its forthcoming L.S. Lowry show, T.J. Clark and Anne M. Wagner, are attempting, at my request, to extol the artist’s virtues to me. It’s a complicated business. For one thing, I have ...

Leaving the Beijing bird's nest behind

Jul 12, 2008

Leaving the Beijing bird's nest behind

BEIJING — Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous living artist, lives and works in Caochangdi, which used to be a village to the east of Beijing but is now, thanks to the city’s endless creep — locals call it Beijing Tan Da Bing, or spreading ...