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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
 
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A look at eight years of writing by Bob Nickas. ...
Friday, September 9th, 2016
 
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Is he a trickster, or a Warholian innovator? What’s the difference? ...
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
 
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Two new books document the life and letters of the influential dealer. ...
 

Tuesday, April 1st, 2003

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The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes and Striped Fabric by Michel Pastoureau


Soon after reading Michel Pastoureau’s fascinating book, The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes and Striped Fabric, I noticed that the inside of the cardboard container that holds Macdonald’s french fries is lined with a pattern of delicate yellow stripes. Utilizing the information in the book, I was able to trace the historical roots of…

Wednesday, January 1st, 2003

Romanticism and Its Discontents, by Anita Brookner


Isaiah Berlin said that all the problems of our age could be traced back to Romanticism. Anita Brookner heard him lecture on the subject and decided to teach it herself. This took place at the Courtauld Institute where she was an authority on eighteenth century painting. She has written monographs on Greuze, Jacques-Louis David and…