April 7th, 2008

Chris Keeley

A Takashi Murakami retrospective. - Photograph by Ethan Levitas.

by Peter Schjeldahl 

Murakami with his “Cosmos” (2003). Warhol as marketer, not as artist, is his lodestar. Photograph by Ethan Levitas.

Photograph by Ethan Levitas.
Chris Keeley

Lens Culture... Land 250: Polaroid Photographs by Patti Smith. "...Patti Smith — visionary poet punk

Lens Culture... Land 250: Polaroid Photographs by Patti Smith. "...Patti Smith — visionary poet punk singer songwriter activist artist — has created a rich multi-layered installation at Fondation Cartier in Paris that reflects 40 years of her more personal visual art-making and creative expression. Drawn from pieces created between 1967 and 2007, the exhibition includes sketches, collages, films, audio installations, cherished objects, handwritten and typed poetry, drafts of song lyrics, and — at the center of it all — a lot of black-and-white Polaroid photographs."



http://www.lensculture.com/patti_smith.html
Chris Keeley

The Violinist, Woodstock” by Doris Lee, a midcentury painter who spent her summers in the Catskills.

The Violinist, Woodstock” by Doris Lee, a midcentury painter who spent her summers in the Catskills. 





Doris Lee is a worthy candidate for re-entry. (I later discovered that I had singled her out for praise in the past in reviews of group shows.) She was not a greatly original painter; she had no qualms about trying anything that struck her fancy, even if it had struck others’ fancies first. Milton Avery, whom she knew well, was clearly a big influence. But she made art intently from the early 1930s until the late 1960s, when poor health interceded. And she had just enough of everything — touch, color sense, humor, love of painting, sophistication — to distinguish herself.

Born Doris Emrick in Aledo, Ill., Ms. Lee graduated from college in her home state in 1927.

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Chris Keeley

What Christians don't know about Israel - Grace Halsell

What Christians don't know about Israel - Grace Halsell

As my very knowledgeable correspondent, Jeff Blankfort, has pointed out to me, this commentary by Grace Halsell is very refreshing.  Regrettably she is a voice out of the past since Grace Halsell, at age 67, on August 16th 2000 from complications of a treatment for cancer.
  I commend this piece for reading in the present histrionics of U.S. policy and actions in the Middle East.
 
Regards,  John