Amidst Chaos: A Call to Civil Conscience
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Amidst Chaos: A Call to Civil Conscience

A friend sent me Annie Proulx’s Speech upon accepting the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Once mercifully beyond Anne Hathaway’s vacuous attempt at an introduction, Proulx’s speech starts after the 47 minute mark. If only her words could be genuinely cathartic and we could wake up to realize that we’ve been … Continue reading

Walking on Water in Italy
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Walking on Water in Italy

Here’s one Christo project–this time in Italy– that I can say is intriguing and worth the always substantial investment by his wealthy patrons.  I’d love to see it but will at least enjoy the video. (sorry, link feature is malfunctioning) http://christojeanneclaude.net/projects/wrapped-reichstag?images=completed#.V2TAKbsrKpA Suggest a retrospective for comparisons! In 2005, he chose the color Saffron again, installing “The … Continue reading

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A Most Welcome Surprise from Iran

Given the horrific developments in the Middle East these days, I was delighted when a friend forwarded me this article about the treasured modern art collection in the remarkable Museum of Contemporary Art in Iran…. The Hirshhorn’s director, Melissa Chiu described the collection as “ one of the great unseen collections of postwar European and … Continue reading