Monthly Archives: June 2016

Mass Rallies & Political Illusion (The Sanders Campaign)

The Sanders campaign was and remains for the rest of its duration a remarkable amalgam of social realism and social criticism, on the one hand, plus imagination and fantasy, on the other hand. About fantasy I don’t mean this or … Continue reading

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Women & The Democratic Party (Hillary Clinton)

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Style & Substance, Gender & Politics (Clinton)

I’m in a bind. On the one hand, I’ve got to quit it with this avid cheerleading for the candidate, which is turning me into a veritable fanboy. On the other hand, to not say something seems like the worst kind … Continue reading

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(Sublime) Artifice & Artifact (Richard Serra)

This too is relevant to the philosophy of religion, 4 recent works by Richard Serra (2015) at Gagosian on W. 24th Street. Expecting something vertical, the horizontal position of the massive middle figure, Silence (For John Cage),  came as something … Continue reading

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Jewish Women & The Public Sphere (Debbie Wasserman-Schultz)

Before all this, who knew who Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was? I didn’t. Lost in all the hullabaloo about how terrible Wasserman-Schultz is supposed to be is the probable fact that she was chosen to be the DNC chair, not because she … Continue reading

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(NJ-1) Lost In Space (Richard Serra)

More Richard Serra? Another hard wrap around space surrounding the sense of void and path? What could be more familiar already? Seen it once, seen twice? But I don’t know what happened to me the other day. First you walk around … Continue reading

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(The Yosemite Suite) iPad Landscape (David Hockney)

Like most of David Hockney’s work, the pictures that make up The Yosemite Suite are good natured. Bright as if back lit, these aren’t paintings. Charming and cheerful, they are prints made from drawings that the artist produced on an … Continue reading

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Jewish Art and The World of Diaspora Culture (Skies of Parchment/Seas of Ink)

Marc Michael Epstein’s edited Skies of Parchment/Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts is a recent addition to the Jewish art scholarship. It’s bold approach is to treat the subject topically, as opposed to chronologically or geographically. This gets you a big … Continue reading

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