Art + Architecture In Amsterdam

I just returned from Amsterdam, a beautiful, quirky city that has stolen my heart. My first impression was that it was a city built by Walt Disney, a magnificent jewel of graceful architecture, canals that get smokey in the evening, cobbled streets, crooked alleyways, and delicious, healthy food. The purpose of the trip was to [...]
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Happy Birthday William Morris

On 24th March, 1834 William Morris, English craftsman, poet and socialist was born. His designs for furniture, fabrics, stained glass, wallpaper and other decorative products revolutionised Victorian tastes. An excellent overview of the man and his work can be found here, at the V&A website. While his life is fascinating, my interest in him centers [...]
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Madonna To Judge Art For Charity

Via NYT, illusionist David Blaine will join Madonna as a guest curator for her Art For Freedom project, which seeks to encourage artists, photographers, videographers, and poets to create works that emphasize the struggle for social justice. In the competition, new works can be submitted to the Art for Freedom website, where Madonna and Mr. [...]
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Want A Picasso For $135?

If you have $135 to spend on a good cause, you might want to pony up for the chance to win a $1 million Picasso. The proceeds of the online raffle will help save the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre in Lebanon, a UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site and one of the origin points of [...]
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Two Installations: Old Person’s Home + A Fragile Truth

“A Triple Tour,” the exhibition of art from the personal trove of François Pinault, the French luxury goods billionaire, was happening while Paul and I visited La Conciergerie. I had wanted to see the prison where Marie-Antoinette was held before being beheaded in October 1793, and found myself dodging aging dictators in wheelchairs. “Old Persons [...]
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