October 18, 2004 |
The Universal Hunger for Liberty Why the Clash of Civilizations Is Not Inevitable Michael Novak Basic Books: 282 pp., $26 * MORAL philosopher Michael Novak takes up questions of concern to many contemporary Western thinkers: Are the civilizations that arose from Judaism and Christianity inevitably in conflict with those that arose from Islam, or are reconciliation and cooperation possible?
May 28, 1996 |
At Richard Telles Fine Art, new works by Pae White, Richard Hawkins and Ginny Bishton look good, if completely disparate. Bishton continues to be one of the younger L.A. artists to watch. Her tightly compressed drawings and constellations of tiny photographs are (to use an embarrassing but still useful word) intense. Her piece here is more overtly luscious: a massive collage of photographs of crumpled items of brightly colored and patterned clothing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1999 |
A former director of counseling at UCLA has been indicted for allegedly stealing an original 19th century oil painting from the university and selling it to a New York art gallery, authorities said Wednesday. Jane Crawford is accused of stealing "Frost Flowers, Ipswich 1889" by American painter Arthur Wesley Dow, Assistant U. S. Atty. Ranee Katzenstein said. Crawford, 50, of Van Nuys, was indicted late Tuesday in U. S. District Court in Los Angeles on five counts of fraud.
January 14, 1994 |
A Santa Barbara art collector has promised to donate paintings, sculptures and carvings worth $5.5 million to the Conejo Valley Art Museum--but only if the museum can move to a new location, which could cost millions of dollars. Now located in a cramped storefront in the Janss Mall, the Conejo Valley Art Museum operates as a gallery, displaying new exhibits every few months.
June 27, 1991 |
After three years of study in Paris, Arthur Wesley Dow came home to Ipswich, Mass., in 1889 and quickly grew tired of the conservatism of Boston art circles. His restlessness led him to a systematic study of world art cultures that culminated, in 1891, with his discovery of Japanese woodblock prints.
October 19, 1986 |
In case you haven't noticed, capitalism is making a comeback. After World War II, it seemed that socialism might sweep the globe. It was certainly in the saddle in the two most populous countries, China and India, as well as in ascendancy in other countries that make up the Third World. But as the century wanes, socialism's appeal is fading--for want, more than anything else, of acceptable models. Wherever one looks today, capitalism appears to be gaining the upper hand.
August 11, 2004 |
In Europe, nothing happens in August. It is not, of course, that absolutely everyone is on holiday. There are still an unhappy few slogging in to work. But the commuter train is half empty, the flow of traffic at rush hour is uncannily smooth. Virtually no serious decision can be taken in a London office throughout this month because there is always at least one key executive on holiday. The effect of high summer on other European cities is even more dramatic.
February 15, 2004 |
This latest book by George Steiner is a series of reflections on "the charged personal encounter between master and disciple." Originally delivered as the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard two years ago, the book is at once provocative and sobering. Acknowledging that the very terms "master" and "disciple" will seem to most Americans in "our present age of irreverence" more or less preposterous or laughable, Steiner defends them by examining what is at stake in the pedagogic encounter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2001 |
As the Bush administration responds to terrorism, proponents of war have seized on a legal precedent from two centuries ago: the effort to eliminate piracy in the world's shipping lanes. The call for a "war on terrorism" modeled after the 19th century war on piracy had been made before the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.
November 12, 2006 |
Among the less illustrious American presidents of the 20th century -- a surprisingly large company -- the names Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover will almost always figure. Yet it was Harding, the most insubstantial of the three, who appointed the millionaire banker Andrew W. Mellon to be his secretary of the Treasury, a post he retained from 1921 to 1932.