William E. Wallace
William E. Wallace is the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History at Washington University in St. Louis and an internationally recognized authority on the great Renaissance artist, Michelangelo Buonarroti. In addition to more than 90 articles and essays, he is the author and editor of seven different books on Michelangelo, including the award-winning, Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting and Architecture (1998), Discovering Michelangelo (Rizzoli, 2012), and a biography of the artist, Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and his Times (Cambridge 2010/paper 2011).
Posts by William E. Wallace
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.