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Month: July 2015

  • July 25: a favorite Robert Frank

    Robert Frank, who has the keen eye for the significant and often storytelling moment, has taken many arresting photos. Here the fascination is in the disconnectedness of all the bits of information–the naked child, the flag, the headline–the absence of any coherent narrative–the complexity of a moment in the world.     photo:

  • July 18: the oddness of Sargent

      One remarkable aspect of the work of John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is his astonishing range—so great that you have to wonder where the essential Sargent is to be found. His portrait of Dr. Pozzi isn’t the most vulgar portrait in American art (that would be William Merrit Chase’s “Miss Dora Wheeler”) but it’s in…

  • July 11: El Anatsui

    I’m quite taken with the work of the Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui. He does big pieces assembled from aluminum strips taken from empty liquor bottles, punched and pieced together with copper wire. So far, so good. But I wonder whether, as one museum label asserts, these pieces offer “a commentary on our global economy of…

  • July 4: old Brooklyn houses

    One of the wonderful things about old Brooklyn houses is the way they slowly soften and relax. This doorway started as crisp shapes, but it has been trimmed and painted many times until even that wandering electric wire stapled to the right side has slowly become an organic part of the whole.      …