My dear readers, Last month one of the best and most profound contemporary musicians, Neil Peart, passed away. It was a heartbreaking shock for long-term fans like myself. He had been the impossibly talented drummer of the three-person Canadian band Rush.
Dear Readers, Here's something to ponder: At last, we're witnessing a period when marginalized individuals and minorities are being represented in the art and entertainment universe. Finally. Concomitantly, Wesley Morris has noted a significant popular trend. In his article, "The Morality Wars," Morris
Dear Readers, This Fall, there is a remarkable art exhibition at Los Angeles' Hammer Museum entitled "Adrian Piper: Concepts and Intuitions, 1965-2016." I have studied Piper's work for decades, and I greatly appreciate the way this retrospective show captures her deep
Dear Readers, Over the summer I was fortunate to visit the stimulating city of Buenos Aires. I had heard of its architectural grandeur and stylish inhabitants, but I had not anticipated the high quality of art, all around, especially in the
I was deeply moved the first time I saw a photograph of the small, red sandstone Torso from approximately 3,000 BCE (National Museum, New Delhi). It’s just over 3 inches tall, but the gentle life-like quality of the sculpted male torso is so
Dear Readers, About a month ago I was inspired by the recent remake of “Beauty and the Beast.” Of course I had seen its earlier incarnations, but this version struck me. Belle, the teenage heroine, must still confront the former prince/horrible
Debbie Wacks spent her formative years growing up in Los Angeles. She later left for New York City to earn a Ph.D. in Art History and then relocated to Hong Kong, where she taught at various universities. While in New