Kerr Houston

Kerr Houston

Writer

Kerr Houston has taught art history and art criticism at MICA since 2002. He is the author of the book An Introduction to Art Criticism (Pearson, 2012), and his recent writings range from an article on a metaphorical aspect of the Sistine Chapel chancel screen, in Source, to an extended essay on Candice Breitz’s Extra, in Nka.

Stories by Kerr Houston
A rewarding show of rarely seen prints that examines gynophobia in early print culture to the eventual rise of first-wave feminism

This show is richly rewarding, due in large part to a range of rarely seen objects and some truly clever juxtapositions.

A conceptually crisp and sharp critique of American xenophobia and racism

The stock icon has yielded to something darker and more ominous.

Timothy App: States of Mind at Goya Contemporary

In discussing his work, App likes to allude to his lifelong attempt to find what he calls authentic ways of making a painting.

What happens when true believers have to confront scientific facts?

A lively and mostly persuasive argument that the Shroud of Turin is not Jesus Christ's funerary cloth, but was instead likely fabricated by an artist in the 1350s, and then slowly embraced by Catholic officials who saw an opportunity for profit.