Woolgathering by Patti Smith Enjoys a Second Life

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in April 2012 Who can know the heart of youth but youth itself? ―Patti Smith, Just Kids Is this a fairy tale? Are the stories true? These were the questions Patti Smith had to answer when Woolgathering was first published in 1992. New Directions has recently published…

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Remembering Helen Frankenthaler

Originally published in the Northside San Francisco March 2012 Whatever the medium, there is the difficulty, challenge, fascination and often productive clumsiness of learning a new method: the wonderful puzzles and problems of translating with new materials. –Helen Frankenthaler Helen Frankenthaler, an award-winning American painter, died at the age of 83 on December 27. Many…

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Pissarro’s People at the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum San Francisco

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. —Camille Pissarro Originally published in the Northside San Francisco December 2011 As one of the most prominent painters of the Impressionist period, Camille Pissarro was best known for his landscapes. In this exhibit, the public has the opportunity to glimpse…

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On the Way to Oktoberfest: A Travelogue

Originally published in the Northside San Francisco in November 2011 “Thus you can throw yourself flat on the ground, stretched out upon Mother Earth, with the certain conviction that you are one with her and she with you.” –Alan Watts I took the long way to Munich, Germany. Over ten days I visited London, Paris, Zurich, and…

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Why is it Art? SF MOMA’s new Sol LeWitt acquisition

Originally published in the Northside San Francisco in September, 2011 In my case, I used the elements of these simple forms – square, cube, line and color – to produce logical systems. Most of these systems were finite; that is, they were complete using all possible variations. This kept them simple. —Sol LeWitt The San Francisco…

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Oscar Wilde’s annotated, uncensored “The Picture of Dorian Gray” released

Published for the first time  — The annotated and uncensored edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is released by Harvard University Press Originally published in the Northside San Francisco in August 2011 Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. —Oscar Wilde Few artists have suffered for what they believed in like Oscar…

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