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Dutch diversity

From Black in Rembrandt’s Time, at the Rembrandt Museum in Amsterdam (closed at the moment in the European shutdown.) From the museum’s website: “For years I’ve been looking for portraits of black people like me. Surely there had to be more than the stereotypical images of servants, enslaved people or caricatures? I found the alternative […]

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The life you save may be Bill’s

Bill Murray tells the story of how he stumbled onto this painting and how it saved his life, more or less, at an especially discouraging moment in his early career. Or at least it showed him how he had nothing to be discouraged about. I love how Breton manages to illuminate the figure with the […]

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The Kramer

JERRY: I have to go meet Nina. Want to come up to her loft, check out her paintings? GEORGE: I don’t get art. JERRY: There’s nothing to get. GEORGE: Well, it always has to be explained to me, and then I have to have someone explain the explanation. JERRY: She does a lot of abstract […]

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All about the grind

“I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every day at 9 a.m. sharp.”  That quote has been attributed mostly to Faulkner but also to a number of other writers. It summarizes pretty much what it requires to be professional at anything: habitual hard work. I like the quote because that’s exactly the time […]

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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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