Yan Xu is an artist from the central China city of Wuhan. What she drew one day would change her life.
Marta was the cleaning lady of the woman who owned the house in Silver Lake — my roommate — where I lived from 2010 to 2014. Every other Wednesday, Marta arrived at noon and stayed until 8 p.m.
Beatrice Wood (1893-1998) was a Southern California-based artist and studio potter. As a young woman, she broke with her wealthy San Francisco family to live as a bohemian in Paris, becoming close friends with Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and others in the avant-garde Dada movement.
They were linked, bizarrely, by would-be assassins’ bullets that struck them within seven weeks of each other in the spring of 1981.
They were linked, politically, by their successful (and behind-the-scenes) efforts to help tear down the Berlin Wall and release Eastern Europe from communism.
For the lover of literature, there are moments one never forgets. Even now, I can’t quite believe “they” killed certain protagonists: the grandmother in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Anne Frank, Christ.
There’s another moment, unique unto itself: the deathbed revelation of “Don Quixote.”
Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) was eccentric and reclusive and went about NYC and environs collecting little bits and pieces of things: shells, old diaries, album covers. He felt there were certain objects that belonged together that had been separated, possibly by decades, and made otherworldly, magical assemblage boxes that purported to reunite them.
Chances are you've heard of the phrase “15 minutes of fame.” And you've probably seen the neon-colored canvases of Campbell soup cans or Marilyn Monroe's face – even if you don't know the artist behind them.
Those who haven't made it to the world famous Vatican Museums needn't worry – the Church’s treasures will now come to them through a new DVD series aimed at sharing the small country’s rich patrimony with the world.
Aug. 6 of this year marked the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb dropped by the U.S. on Japan, at Hiroshima. Nagasaki followed on Aug. 9.
José Guadalupe Posada was born Feb. 2, 1852, in Aguascalientes, Mexico, to illiterate parents of indigenous descent.
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