Holidays: 5th Column
Our Top 10 Most-Read Reviews of 2023 4 Columns

4Columns is on holiday break and will be back with a new issue on January 12, 2024! Till then, we look back at our most-read essays of the past year.

Father Time (4Columns assistant senior editor Bolek) and Baby New Year (our mascot Sparky) are ready to ring in 2024—but first, the top-ten reviews of 2023!

Another year past, another year to go out with the old and bring in the new—well, almost! Before 4Columns returns from a brief holiday hiatus to our regular publishing schedule on Friday, January 12, 2024, we turn a nostalgic look back at our ten most-read reviews of 2023. Check out our year-end list, but don’t stop there—in this holiday interlude, also peruse our archives to find other gems you may have missed!


Johanna Fateman on Puppies Puppies

Puppies Puppies (Jade Guanaro Kuriki-Olivo): Nothing New, installation view. Courtesy New Museum. Photo: Dario Lasagni.


Yasmine Seale on Partisans of the Nude

Omar Onsi, À l'Exposition (Young Women Visiting an Exhibition), 1932. Oil on canvas, 17 3/4 × 14 3/4 inches. Courtesy Mir Samir Abillama.


Yasmina Price on Ousmane Sembène

Tabata Ndiaye as Princess Dior Yacine in Ceddo. Courtesy Film Forum.


Mark Dery on Monica


Brian Dillon on August Blue


David Ulin on The Fraud


Melissa Anderson on May December

Natalie Portman as Elizabeth Berry and Julianne Moore as Gracie Atherton-Yoo in May December. Courtesy Netflix. Photo: Francois Duhamel.


Sukhdev Sandhu on Copy Machine Manifestos

Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines, installation view. Courtesy Brooklyn Museum. Photo: Paula Abreu Pita.


Sasha Frere-Jones on André 3000


Nick Pinkerton on Killers of the Flower Moon

Lily Gladstone as Mollie Burkhart and Leonardo DiCaprio as Ernest Burkhart in Killers of the Flower Moon. Courtesy Apple TV+.

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