Gerhard Richter: Panorama: A Retrospective: Expanded Edition, by Mark Godfrey @ NYJB

“Gerhard Richter: Panorama” offers a means to delve into the artistic practice of an iconic figure in modern European art. Continue reading Gerhard Richter: Panorama: A Retrospective: Expanded Edition, by Mark Godfrey @ NYJB

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William Merritt Chase: An American Master, by Elsa Smithgall et al. @ NYJB

The Directors’ Preface announces that “This exhibition is the first retrospective on Chase in thirty years.” Continue reading William Merritt Chase: An American Master, by Elsa Smithgall et al. @ NYJB

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Twenty-One Days of a Neurasthenic, by Octave Mirbeau @ NYJB

What’s the best cure for a man who hates the mountains? Send him to the mountains. What’s the best cure for a misanthrope? Send him to live with other people. Thus begins “Twenty-One Days of a Neurasthenic” by Octave Mirbeau (1848–1917). Continue reading Twenty-One Days of a Neurasthenic, by Octave Mirbeau @ NYJB

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Undoing Time: The Life and Work of Samuel Beckett, by Jennifer Birkett @ NYJB

For Jennifer Birkett, Emeritus Professor of French Studies at the University of Birmingham, Samuel Beckett thought “life was a matter of doing time, while writing was a way of undoing it.” Continue reading Undoing Time: The Life and Work of Samuel Beckett, by Jennifer Birkett @ NYJB

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Commonplace Book: April is the cruelest month …

I. Burial of the Dead April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us warm, covering Earth in forgetful snow, feeding A little life with dried tubers. Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade, And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarden, And drank coffee, and talked for an hour. Bin gar keine Russin, stamm’ aus Litauen, echt deutsch. And when we were children, staying at the archduke’s, My cousin’s, he took me out … Continue reading Commonplace Book: April is the cruelest month …

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