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The Aesthetics of Horror

My article “The Aesthetics of Horror,” about an exhibit on architecture and the Holocaust at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, appears in Sojourners magazine.

A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History

My article “A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History,” co-written with E.A. Carmean Jr., appears in the Wall Street Journal. It addresses Jules Olitski’s “Elyon,” installed at the Beth Tzedec synagogue in Toronto.

(Forward) Why Netanyahu Still Doesn’t Take Moshe Safdie’s Calls

My article “Why Netanyahu Still Doesn’t Take Moshe Safdie’s Calls” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. Here’s the lede: Moshe Safdie was sitting in a wood-paneled room in the National Academy of Design’s Beaux-Arts mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, surrounded by his drawings and architectural models. Represented among the works by the septuagenarian architect […]

Chicago Show Highlights Canadian Artist’s Cross-Border Trek

As costs mounted exponentially for an exhibit they were collaborating on, Chicago curator and professor Rhoda Rosen and University of Illinois at Chicago museum and exhibition studies master’s students Nancy Harmon and Jamie Luensman discussed ways to stretch their budget. They joked, Harmon recalls, that it would be cheaper to go to Montreal and pick […]

Stedelijk Taps Jeff Wall for First Post-Reno Photo Show

There is good deal of irony in the manner in which Vancouver’s Jeff Wall presents his photograph “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue (1999–2000) — printed on a transparency and mounted on a light box. “The large-scale image is illuminated from behind by fluorescent lights, which Wall began using after seeing light-box advertisements in […]

Canadians Test Art-Academia Tensions at CAA Conference in Chicago

“Jewish, secular, American, Canadian, female, child of English professors—these facts provided a frame with blurry edges for my being,” said artist Jessica Stockholder in her recent keynote address at the 2014 College Art Association Conference in Chicago. “Any sense of knowing I might have about who I am needed to be flexible.” As a sculptor […]

What Do Menorahs Have To Do With Madonnas?

The Pietà, or the Virgin Mary mournfully cradling Christ’s dead body, is an artistic invention, which, as the Encyclopedia Britannica explains, “has no literary source.” One of the most important representations of the Pietà is Michelangelo’s late 15th-century marble sculpture at St. Peter’s Basilica. Michelangelo’s Christ lies on the Virgin’s lap, as limp as the […]

  • Selected articles

    NMAAHC "The Imitation Game: Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?" Washington Post Magazine. March 3, 2019.

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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