Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars

The Morgan Library 9/25/15-1/31/16 By Pamela Hart If you like sentences, which I do, and you’re interested in how one important American writer played with them, creating what a critic called “an esthetic of simplicity,” then head to the Morgan Library & Museum to view Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars. This tightly focused exhibition features…

Don’t Buy That, Buy This!

The best jeans ever! Wear with a sports coat or a tee shirt, the feel and the look is fab. Details, stitching, indigo fabric from Japan, color and comfort are incredible and well worth the price. What we like is that you wear them for six months before washing. Then they become tailored to you,…

The Caribbean in Texas

We went to see the Francisco Oller (1883 1917) show at the Blanton in Austin,Texas. Great museum and this is a very cool art exhibit. Oller and the other regional painters are very good painters and capture what life was like in the day. He revolutionized the approach to painting in his native Puerto Rico….

Basquiat & Kevin Durant in Brooklyn

The Angry Ironist I noticed an unusually tall man bending down to scrutinize a drawing at the Basquiat show in the Brooklyn Museum. A mesomorph trailed him protectively. I soon realized this towering spectator was a famous basketball player, but I couldn’t place his name since I don’t follow sports. I took his picture anyway…

Paul Rand, Art in Advertising

“Mail order advertisers, as we have said, have pictures down to a science.”  Claude Hopkins As you enter the Paul Rand exhibition, you can’t miss a quote of his in a display case filled with his work. It proclaims, “There is no science in advertising.” Advertising has always wanted to be scientific. Clients want to…

Albert Oehlen at New Museum

“One evening I pulled Beauty down on my knees. I found her embittered and I cursed her.” Arthur Rimbaud Come and see Albert Oehlen paintings curse beauty this summer at the New Museum. Massive Inkjet posters are pasted on canvas to initiate a complex painting process. The prints form a digital collage of photos, drawings…

Appropriate Literature for Your Man Cave

These three publications came in the mail. Which do you open first? Great literature all. Especially Modern Drunkard with it’s amazing writing and great subjects. It comes along about twice a year now.  Frontgate is a dumb catalog of junk made in China. Including that awful Jimmy Buffet’s  line of ‘Margaritaville’  forced-good-times party stuff. All…

First Lieutenant Lives as a Tiger

Sam Garvey is an artist living in Charlestown, SC. She has always drawn constantly, graduated RISD a couple of years ago and is now painting and creating cut paper designs. Her twin brother James was a First Lieutenant and a platoon leader as well as a AH-64 Apache pilot and combat veteran of the war…

Huston Person, Jazz Giant

Wide shouldered, muscular jawed Houston Person blew into town like a freight train. The great tenor man played like the jazz giants we thought were all gone. Coaxing new energy into standards like, “At Last” he brought the melody line down soft as a pillow. At 80 years old, sixty years of experience also tells…

Fourth Graders get an Art Lesson

We were checking out the Philadelphia Museum of Art and we saw something that really made our day. There was an entire class of fourth graders sitting down in front of Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain”. A teacher/docent was going on about the significance of the urinal and it stature in Modern Art. It was all so…