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.
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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.
December 19, 1987 |
Working is "not merely a state of employment but a state of mind," writes psychiatrist Dr. Jay Rohrlich in his book "Work and Love: The Crucial Balance." "Nothing else with which we associate ourselves can give us the sense of objective identity that work can," Rohrlich says. "When we can say, 'I did it,' we are enjoying the ultimate in self-definition." Work, he says, "organizes, routinizes and structures our lives. It allows for the appropriate outlet of competitive strivings.
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.
July 1, 1995 |
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino has been throwing itself a dignified party of special events on the occasion of its 75th birthday. The latest is "In Celebration of Collecting," an exhibition of more than 100 art objects loaned by 40 folks friendly to this bastion of Anglo American culture. The show, organized by director of art collections Edward Nygren, resonates of local history.
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.
December 18, 1988 |
The intellectual air is filled with talk about our having entered a period of history called "postmodern." "Modern" literally means "just now," and it is not clear how we can live in a time that is after just now. Just now is where, quite inescapably, we all live. Whether we are looking backward or forward, we are looking just now. Yet "modern" has taken on many other meanings in the last 200 years or so. It signifies a world that has been rationalized, specialized and secularized. The modern world view is premised upon the individual, the autonomous self, who is related by calculation and contract to other autonomous selves in a universe that is very much like a machine in which technique is king.
May 17, 2001
The future didn't look too bright for Blues Traveler at the end of the last decade. Singer and harmonicat John Popper was suffering through severe health problems, and bassist Bobby Sheehan died in 1999. Now Popper and company are back with "Bridge," their first album since 1997, and a new bassist, Tad Kinchla, brother of guitarist Chad Kinchla. * Blues Traveler, with Pete Yorn, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, L.A. 7 p.m.