Category Archives: Art/Photography

“A vast amount of rubbish is published in the name of art. A man should let his work talk for him. ” — Charles Dana Gibson

It’s his birthday today. Old-timers will remember when my blog-design was Gibson-Girl inspired. My favorite haughty Gibson Girl was in the blog banner for years! What a goddess. She is gorgeous and she does not give af. The only vestige … Continue reading

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“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” Happy Birthday, Edward Hopper

I wrote about Edward Hopper quite a bit in my Present Tense column at Film Comment, detailing the Hopper-y vibe of Tom Noonan’s great film about urban loneliness, What Happened Was… In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion that Karen … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, painter Henry Ossawa Tanner

When I lived in Philadelphia – a million years ago, with my boyfriend who was in law school at U. Penn – I became intimately familiar with Henry Ossawa Tanner’s paintings since so many of them hang in the Philadelphia … Continue reading

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Review: Close to Vermeer (2023)

I liked hanging out with the people in this documentary, I liked soaking up their passion and expertise. I reviewed for Ebert.     Thank you so much for stopping by. If you like what I do, and if you … Continue reading

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For International Women’s Day: Ladies I Love

These women inspire, entertain, challenge, comfort, provoke, or were “there” in my formative years as an inspiration. The list is huge. Below the jump.

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Dynamic Duo #31

Stu Sutcliffe and Astrid Kirchherr

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Assassinate me tender

This outrageously sexy shot of Elvis sleeping with abandon in Love Me Tender – a movie where he plays a guy who is the opposite of sexy throughout, if that’s even possible (and it is) – calls to mind (if … Continue reading

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Flashback to 2008

A couple of friends made this poster for me back in 2008, to cheer me up because of what was happening with my family. It was also, of course, an election year. I had gotten Hope earlier in 2008. She … Continue reading

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It’s All Just “Too Much”

Two weeks ago, I received a gift from my cousin Kerry, a commissioned piece of artwork from the gifted Sari Lennick, showing Elvis, superimposed over a couple of pages from Stephen King’s On Writing. It’s already on my wall, where … Continue reading

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Focus on The King. Make that Two Kings.

My cousin Kerry O’Malley is amazing. A gift arrived in the mail yesterday: a piece of artwork commissioned for me by Kerry! The artist is Sari Lennick, whose work is fascinating and thought-provoking in re: collage of words/pictures/art. Lennick takes … Continue reading

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