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Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
 
Edward Hopper, Night Window, 1928. Oil on canvas, 29 x 34 inches. Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of John Hay Whitney
Irish-honed literary skills placed at service of cosmopolitan visual culture ...
Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
 
A detail of a painting by Carol Rhodes reproduced in the book under review. (Construction Site, 2003)
New monograph published by Skira Editore ...
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
 
Cover of the book under review. Image courtesy of the publisher.
A look at eight years of writing by Bob Nickas. ...
 

Saturday, November 1st, 2003

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The World of Proust as seen by Paul Nadar


The World of Proust as seen by Paul Nadar Edited by Anne-Marie Bernard, translated by Susan Wise MIT Press (2004) $38 hardcover, $21.95 paper Proust insisted that “A La Recherche du Temps Perdu” (“In Search of Lost Time”) was a work of art, not an autobiography, and that his characters were invented rather than drawn…

Monday, September 1st, 2003

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Black Mountain: Experiment In Art Edited by Vincent Katz with essays by Martin Brody, Kevin Power and Robert Creeley.


Imagine an art school that functioned like no other. Located far from the bustling art scene of New York, it was nestled remote North Carolina, miles away from anything. Here, the student decided what classes to take and how long his course of study would last. A school that could not afford to pay its…

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…