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Caravaggio, the All-Purpose Modern

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

We have, as the age demands, Caravaggios for every tribe and taste. There is the genius Caravaggio, following in the line of great painters like Michelangelo and Giorgione; Caravaggio the vanguardist, age-old prototype for Picasso and Pollock; a Marxist Caravaggio, faithful recorder of the dirty fingernails of the people; the fashionably queer Caravaggio, a gender-bending [&hellip
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El Barrio

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

  Sixty-six years later, after congressionally ratified national wars on poverty, the bright but failed promises of the Great Society and a seeming revolving door of state, city and community revitalization projects, the lowdown, dirty misery of being poor in America remains much as Orwell described it in Down and Out In Paris and London: [&hellip
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One of America’s Best Painters

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

David Reed is one of America’s best painters. Having figured out how to infuse art’s most traditional practice with an arm-shot of the here and now, Reed’s paintings have updated—in the manner of sea-changers Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol—a practice many thought deader than Latin. A cinephile and pop-culture junkie inspired by computer screens and Miami Vice pastels, Reed has [&hellip
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Snapshots of Barcelona’s Barrio Chino

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Barcelona! The word has long had the power to make my breath go shallow. The pedestrian pulse of its tight, teeming streets; the unexpected sweep of nouveau facades lifting off like birds’ wings; the myriad youthful faces, embarrassingly pretty in their Old World sophistication; the dry African winds pulling into this tidy, voluptuous corner of the Mediterranean; the elegant [&hellip
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