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Art Institute exhibit illustrates Gauguin’s eclectic spirituality

My article appears in Chicago Catholic. Here’s the lede: When Paul Gauguin arrived in Tahiti in 1981 sporting long hair and a wide-brimmed hat, the French, post-impressionist painter expected a culture that the West had largely left untainted. But the locals he met, who called him “taata vahine” (man-woman), weren’t noble savages. “From his experience […]

Pope’s favorite painting returns to Chicago after seven-month exile

… Under newly consistent light and amid the slick renovation, Chagall’s Jesus wears a sort of turban on his head, and instead of a loincloth he dons a Jewish prayer shawl, or a tallit. Surrounding the central crucifixion scene, a synagogue burns to the right, rabbis fly in the air above (where one might expect […]

Marc Chagall’s ‘Praying Jew’ at the Art Institute of Chicago

Members view Marc Chagall’s The Praying Jew (1923) at the Art Institute of Chicago’s preview of its renovated modern European paintings and sculpture section. I liked how the women on the right looks like she is wearing a prayer shawl or phylacteries just like Chagall’s model.

Do Jewish Photographers See the World Through a Different Lens?

Looking a bit like St. Peter crucified upside down, nine not-yet-plucked chickens dangle from hooks in a storefront window; the alignment of their bound feet evokes hamsas. There’s no warding off the evil eye for these upturned chickens, whose tail feathers are naughtily exposed, or for the two others, which are violently suspended by their […]

“India’s Hindu, Muslim clashes explored in traveling U.S. exhibits”

Political parties in India are trading blame today after “religious riots” in that country left 31 people dead, Reuters reports. “Violence between Muslims and Hindus has been a defining feature of Indian politics since the separation of Pakistan in 1947, when hundreds of thousands of people were killed and millions displaced,” writes Frank Jack Daniel […]

Tracking Manet’s Mysterious Jewish-Painter Friend Down the Rabbit Hole

Cast in the Art Institute of Chicago’s major exhibition, “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” (through Sept. 29), jointly organized with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée d’Orsay, certain paintings expose their undergarments so to speak. At first blush, the crowd-pleaser Georges Seurat’s pointillist “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884,” of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” […]

  • 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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