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Curry popcorn, no less

Some flava in ya ear (if you read this aloud.) I mean, seriously, a lot of flava. J.D. Salinger’s recipe for popcorn (I hope the measure for the popcorn itself represents the amount of unpopped kernels). This was a small contribution to the exhibit of personal items from his archives at the New York Public […]

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Art’s mysterious entity

Why art runs in parallel to science as a way of discovering what science can’t plumb, sort of the corrolary of chemical elements in the structure of human subjectivity, the human heart, from Swann’s Way: When, after that first evening at the Verdurins’, he had had the little phrase played over to him again, and […]

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Belle jar

I’m partial to jars. I love the way a Ball jar’s particular utility lends character to its shape and surface, and how everything flows from its usefulness, its handle, the gemlike refractions of the embossed logo, and especially the glass threads for the lid around the lip. Along with its generally humble demeanor. When I […]

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The empty sky’s companions

Though three other artists at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea were having solo shows in the temporary space Billis had arranged to use next door to permanent location (undergoing renovation), he still managed to have maybe eight or nine paintings by Christopher Burke hanging in the office hallway. It was the first time I’ve been […]

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Todd Gordon: the plenitude of life

On my brief visit to New York City, to spend a few hours at the New York Public Library’s J.D. Salinger exhibit a few days before its final weekend, I caught the new installation of work from three artists at George Billis Gallery. It was the only exhibit of new painting I was able to […]

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Jeremy Duncan

Jeremy Duncan, Ford Pickup, gouache on paper. Instagram

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Picasso’s moment of clarity

The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews. —-W.H. Auden 1 When I was visiting the L.A. County Museum of Art a year ago, I came across the final print from Picasso’s Vollard Suite in Fantasies and Fairy Tales, a small, beautifully curated selection of graphic work by various artists from around the […]

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Leo Ragno

A sample of Leo Ragno’s portraiture, from Instagram

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The hermit of Aix’s color

I saw this painting almost exactly ten years ago at Cezanne and American Modernism at the Montclair Art Museum. After all these intervening years, I finally bought the catalog for the show. It’s a hardbound book once in the collection of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Library, with the little envelope for the library loan […]

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Calligraphers’ Guild, “Wit and Wisdom”

Art Presence Art Center will feature the Calligraphers’ Guild as the Guest Artists for February.  The exhibit opens on January 30th and runs through March 1st.  The gallery is open from 11 to 5 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Don’t miss sayings that are beautifully calligraphed and meet the writers in person.  The exhibit in […]

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