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American Gangster

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I find it difficult to evaluate the movie American Gangster without some kind of compare and contrast to 2001’s Blow, which I also felt compelled to say a few words about. Both are period films about drug smugglers, considered by some to be innovators during their time. Both are based on real-life stories. Both sport […]


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Beyond Words

This nonsense brings back a powerful memory. One morning during my Junior year of college, my sculptor professor, a scruffy-looking curmudgeonly man, who also happens to be one of the most well-spoken individuals on the topic of art I’ve ever met in real life, led our small group through the art building’s court yard area. […]


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A Tale of Two Paintings

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has in its permanent collection a number of cannot-miss-works, including Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Cezanne’s Bathers, and an entire room full of Marcel Duchamp paintings and readymades (although some are noted as replicas). But there are two outstanding paintings, which have left me breathless during the past few days — both […]


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On Theory

For no particular reason, here are a few of my favorite theories. Capitalism – The free market idea has appealed to me ever since I could choose between Matchbox and Hot Wheels. Socialism – Because nobody said Capitalism was perfect. Postmodernism – This wasn’t really an option for me as an art student. Not to […]


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Mask #5 Revisited

In the Fall of 1994 I did a series of ink wash drawings titled simply Masks. As I recall at the time, this particular part of the series had a lot to due with the Heisenberg principle, but it coud easily be applied to the recent presidental veto on federal stem cell research. Mike Schindler […]


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