"For art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing," wrote the 19th-century critic Walter Pater, "but the highest quality to your moments as they pass, and simply for those moments' sake." Credited as a major influence of Oscar Wilde, and heralded as the prominent figure of aestheticism, the so-called "art for art's sake" movement, Pater was a controversial figure in his own time—lambasted for his alleged hedonism—and his writings would seem to have little in common with those of Claudia Rankine, the Jamaican-born author known for her projects on contemporary America. A professor at Pomona College and a frequent collaborator with her filmmaker husband, John Lucas, Rankine frequently blends images and poetry and essayistic meditations, and her fifth book, Citizen, is no different. Here, she brings together historic quotes, one from Zora Neale Hurston ("I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background"), with paintings, video stills, and other visuals from the past and present: J.M.W. Turner's The Slave Ship, Henry Youngman's ART THOUGHTZ, David Hammon's In the Hood. Broadly speaking, the result is an apt piece of hybrid art, a record of the current state of race in the United States.