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.
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.
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.
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.
April 28, 1988 |
Piano Forte, a Romance of the Piano by Dieter Hildebrandt, translated from German by Harriet Goodman (George Braziller: $19.95; 224 pages) Picture the flute soloist coming out on stage, holding the burnished wand he has used for so many miracles. Or the violinist, with the amber jewel that always looks smaller than you'd imagined, tucked familiarly under his arm. Or even the cellist and his instrument as big as a St.
September 25, 2011 |
American Dreamers How the Left Changed a Nation Michael Kazin Alfred A. Knopf: 330 pps., $27.95 With "American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation," Michael Kazin tackles a conventional wisdom so deeply believed that even those it disparages tend to accept it - namely, that the history of the American left, for all its drama and artistry, brilliance and passion, is one of failure. It is, in that telling, a story of causes unfulfilled, elections lost, unions busted, communes dispersed.