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Signs of Our Times

Some of the photographs discussed in this essay can be viewed at the Web site for the book Bible Road . Fifty years after Flannery O’Connor took a...

Talk of the Town

Some New Yorkers weren’t sorry to see it go. Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror, installed last fall on the Fifth Avenue side of Rockefeller Center’s...

Still Life & Matisse

Great paradoxes are those that stop, startle, and gain intuitive acceptance well before essential understanding. Take, for instance, the maxim that “the first...

Not a Pretty Picture

Anita Berber is the star of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition, “Glitter and Doom: German Portraits from the 1920s.” She certainly...

Extreme Makeover: Museum Edition

Great museums are living institutions. They grow by acquiring quality art consonant with their own (think of the Met in New York), or reshape themselves for...

Uncomfortably Beautiful

More than eighty of Walker Evans’s iconic black-and-white photographs of Southern sharecroppers and Northern industrial towns-taken under the auspices of...

A Way of Seeing, a Way of Giving

Emil Antonucci, the gifted artist and graphic designer who created Commonweal’s distinctive new format in 1965 (he dropped The from the logo and invented...

Rediscovering Rouault

Fifty-eight Stations of the Cross is what you might call Georges Rouault’s powerful series of etchings, Miserere et Guerre, on view through May 28 at the Museum of...

Gaining Perspective

In the 1430s, when the Florentine painter Fra Angelico was at the peak of his career, he composed a three-panel painting of the Last Judgment. The left panel,...

Not for Iconoclasts

I admire religious art, but like most people my ideas about what makes art religious are pretty conventional. I love Fra Angelico and El Greco, but until recently I...

Christo's ‘Gates'

It may seem pointless, and in a lovely way it is, to install a series of frames containing large hanging saffron rectangles over twenty-three miles of Central...
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The Catholic Rubens

January 12, 2015 | 2 comments

Still Life & Matisse

February 19, 2007 | 0 comments