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  • Make a Mark

    A page from a letter written by Van Gogh The question, “What really matters?” is one I ask a lot more frequently these days. One reason is that getting older makes the need to vet more important. Life gets to be like a hard drive that is nearly filled, and decisions have to be made […]

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  • Sense Making

    “Night Sea,” by Agnes Martin (Photo: San Francisco Museum of Art) What we read and hear, how we form our sense of a something—the way we give shape and meaning to information—is going through a major evolution and change. When I read the personal accounts of how people responded to the invention of the printing […]

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  • Unquenchable Playfulness

    Painting detail, Ed Moses Pacific Standard Time—the massive, Getty-funded undertaking in 2011 that featured over 60 exhibits throughout Southern California highlighting Los Angeles art between 1945-1980—was a sea change for me. The span and the range of work was staggering, and it revealed a complete art ecosystem that emerged quite apart from the pulsing international […]

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  • The Certain and the Uncertain

    My granddaughter Siena, exploring all the available painting surfaces The assault on reason and human values that is ongoing in the political landscape isn’t confined to the ideological arena. When life’s bandwidth gets hijacked daily, resource allocation happens by default (especially for those of us over 50 who have to husband our energy.) As a […]

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  • Arrabal

    Arrabal, at American Repertory Theater (Photo: A.R.T.) Every country has its dark chapters. But once it becomes possible to assemble a narrative, the way those stories are told matters immensely to the ongoing health of a nation. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa (now called The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation) used a […]

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  • Clew, Redux

    “Clew,” installation view by Cheryl Senter Clew, a collaborative installation at the Phillips Exeter Academy, came to an end in the middle of April. The energy unleashed in that collaboration with Todd Hearon, Lauren O’Neal, Jon Sakata and Jung Mi Lee continues to pull me in unexpected directions. Thank you again to all my fellow […]