New York Times critic Roberta Smith reviews the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Walker Evans exhibition.
Nothing comes from nowhere, least of all art.
Every body of work has its points of origin, its logic of personal
urgency and cultural impetus, the coordinates of which are often found
in an artist's childhood. Sometimes the logic eludes us. Sometimes we
can piece it together through intuition, scholarship or the clues an
artist leaves behind. Occasionally a skeleton key is passed down that
explains more than was ever thought possible. Such was the case with van
Gogh's letters, and in its own way, with "Walker Evans and the Picture
Postcard" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Read the complete review in the New York Times.