Not NOW Shahzia Sikander!
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Not NOW Shahzia Sikander!

On Jan. 14, 2023 a golden bronze statue of a “femalefigure” was installed on the rooftop of the Appellate Division Courthouse of New York State. Created by 53-year-old Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander and titled NOW, it’s a tribute to, but not a portrait of, the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her “fight for abortion rights.” It’s also…

Hunter Biden’s very first art investigation

On Oct. 14, 2021 Hunter Biden showed his stupefyingly expensive but unskilled artworks at Milk Studios in Hollywood, California. Soon after the show I wrote an unflattering review titled Hunter Biden’s very first art exhibit. Hunter’s art career has certainly garnered much attention since then, in large part due to the efforts of Georges Bergès, the Manhattan gallerist who represents…

Karl Bodmer: Faces from the Interior
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Karl Bodmer: Faces from the Interior

As an artist, I see Karl Bodmer’s artworks as key to understanding America. I discovered his works in the late 1960s and have studied them every since. He was an artist-adventurer in the mid-1800s who travelled the wilds of North America to document the lives of indigenous people with sketches, water colors, and elaborate oil paintings. I always found Bodmer’s…

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The Embrace Does Not Convey Greatness

The Embrace, a new sculpture dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King, has turned out to be contentious rather than unifying. Black conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas won the commission to create the monument now displayed in the Boston Common of Massachusetts. What Thomas came up with is a headless bronze structure—a jumble of…

A Cowboy at Rest with the Rough Riders
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A Cowboy at Rest with the Rough Riders

In December 2022 my wife Jeannine and I fled Lost Angeles, California to vacation in the wilds of Arizona. The following impressions and photos will describe our adventures in the Wild West of the Union’s 48th state. We first visited Prescott, the historic city in Yavapai County. The population of Prescott is around 45,800 souls, which is just about the…

A Christmas Carol, animated.

If you’re like me… you can’t stomach the computerized junk that passes for animation these days. It being Christmas and all, I have the perfect solution for you; a 1971 animated short that clocks in at 25 minutes that’s based on Charles Dickens’ 1843 tale, A Christmas Carol. It’s almost a perfect adaptation, even though it’s a bit short. My…

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Eco-Vandals Hurl Paint on La Scala Opera House

On Dec. 7, 2022 five members of Italy’s eco-extremist group Ultima Generazione (Last Generation), attacked the famous La Scala opera house in Milan on its opening night. The eco-vandals hurled buckets of pink, blue, green, yellow, and red paint onto the facade of the historic opera house that first opened in 1778. The attack came early Wednesday at around 7:30…