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NYT’s ‘New York City Haiku’ Has Nothing on Félix Fénéon

A few months ago the New York Times ran a New York City in 17 Syllables contest, soliciting haikus (three lines of five, seven and five syllables) about the Big Town. For National Poetry Month, The New York Times asked … Continue reading

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More Brutal Treatment of Paul Rudolph’s Architecture

The hardworking staff has previously noted the beleaguered buildings designed by midcentury modernist architect Paul Rudolph, which include two local landmarks: the old Blue Cross Blue Shield building at 133 Federal Street and the Government Service Center. Now comes the … Continue reading

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The Ruins of Paul Rudolph’s Architecture

The hardworking staff has long admired the architectural work of Paul Rudolph, especially his Blue Cross Blue Shield building at 133 Federal Street in Boston. (Our 2008 WGBH commentary here.) But not everyone does. So we read with interest in the … Continue reading

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Starkitect: The Two Facades of Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry is the Rorschach test of modern architecture. And his latest creation –  Fondation Louis Vuitton – is the ultimate inkblot. From Joel Henning’s mash note in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal: A New Art Palace Sets Sail in Paris As you approach Frank … Continue reading

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The Arts Seen in NYC (Picasso Everywhere! Edition)

Well the Missus and I trundled down to the Big Town for the weekend and, say, it was swell. (Not to mention All Pablo All the Time.) Here, in roughly chronological order, is some of what we caught. FRIDAY • Picasso & … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging ‘Calder and Abstraction’ at PEM

Well the Missus and I trundled up to Salem yesterday to catch Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic at the Peabody Essex Museum and, say, it was swell. Alexander Calder’s abstract works revolutionized modern sculpture and made him one … Continue reading

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The Arts Seen in NYC (Central Park Edition)

Well the Missus and I trundled down to the Big Town over the weekend and say, it was swell . . . weather. It’s not so much that what we caught at the museums was bad. But what we caught outside … Continue reading

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