Category Archives: Art

A Day at the Bowers Museum

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Although I’ve lived within 10 minutes of it for almost a decade, it was only within the past month that I finally made it over to Orange County’s Bowers Museum, an art and cultural history institution located in … Continue reading

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Soft Spots

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I have a soft spot for secret passageways, bookshelves that open into silence, staircases that go down into a void, and hidden safes. I even have one myself, but I won’t tell you where. At the … Continue reading

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Art Du Jour: Egypt and The Holy Land

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Via Bauman Rare Books: Inquisitive Western minds first glimpsed the mysteries of Egypt and the Middle East in detail through David Roberts’ folio-sized Holy Land, issued in 41 parts from 1842 to 1849 and containing 250 full-page hand-colored lithographs … Continue reading

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Art Du Jour

Eddie Pensier writes: Fyodor Bronnikov, Pythagoreans Celebrate Sunrise, 1869

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Notes on “A Late Quartet”

Fenster writes: The 2012 film A Late Quartet concerns a series of events that threatens the stability of a world-renowned string quartet, a group that has been together for 25 years. Events are set in motion when the group’s cellist … Continue reading

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The Art of Shashi Dhoj Tulachand

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Orange County’s Bowers Museum is currently running an exhibition by an extraordinary artist named Shashi Dhoj Tulachand, a Nepalese Buddhist monk. Each of the nine thangkas, or temple murals, stands approximately 6.5-7 feet tall and is about 4 feet … Continue reading

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Scarry 2

Fenster writes: Richard Scarry’s books really were my favorites for reading to the kids.  Well, other than Dr. Suess maybe, whose work sort of stands alone. Scarry did his share of simple cartooning, and his characters and situations were typically … Continue reading

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Juxtaposin’: Lowly Worm

Fenster writes: Maybe you have to be a parent.  If you are, you might remember Richard Scarry’s children’s books.  They were my favorites for reading to the kids, the exact opposite of the dreaded Scooby Doo series, which I detested. … Continue reading

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The Barnes Foundation Collection, Re-imagined

Fenster writes: Never visited the Barnes Foundation when it was in Merion.  Got to see the new place in Philadelphia this week.  Obviously, the new facility is not the same as the old one on the outside but on the … Continue reading

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Art Du Jour

Eddie Pensier writes: Giovanni Boldini, Portrait of a Lady (1912)

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