Monthly Archives: February 2018

(Water on Skin) Sensation (David Hockney)

Invested in the anti-aesthetic, people committed to modern and contemporary art, including art critics, often struggle with optimism, pleasure, and beauty. In the case of David Hockney, that is to miss the point and overlook what the aritst shares with … Continue reading

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The Tikvah Fund is Dangerous To Israeli Society

The Tikvah Fund is still doing damage, mostly in Israel nowadays. Consider this from a recent article at Ynet, which you can read here: “I think the New Israel Fund is less dangerous to Israeli society and solidarity than the Tikvah … Continue reading

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Steamy Tomb (Michelangelo)

Here’s a quick sketch by Michelangelo on paper for a tomb. The bodies are built into the structure of the building. Their languid pose and the misty atmospherics of the sketch give the whole thing the appearance of a bathhouse.

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(Palimpsest) Page & Figures (Michelangelo)

For his unfinished sketches for studies, Michelangelo drew each figure one by one. But ultimately the figures are only as interesting as their organization on the page. For the studies, he used the same page to sketch figures next to … Continue reading

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(Orange) Tomb & Resurrection (Michelangelo)

One thing I learned from the wall texts at the blockbuster show of Michelangelo drawings at the Met is this. The orange chalk that gives so much of the exhibition its dark glow is unforgiving material on which to draw. … Continue reading

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#ShoahLanzmannLiveTweet

I think I can be proud of myself, or maybe not. Today in my class on the Holocaust and Judaism, a student, let’s call her “Jackie” asked how to make sense of Lanzmann’s Shoah. She was clearly disoriented by the … Continue reading

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