Art, Life, Literature, and Philosophy

Art, Life, Literature, and Philosophy

It was a classic left-brain, right-brain conflict: Enrique Martinez Celaya struggled as a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley – between a future in physics or art. Art won out. That’s because at an early age, as a refugee from Castro’s Cuba, he’d...

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At NCMA, a Gift of 20th Century Art

At NCMA, a Gift of 20th Century Art

Generous would be an understatement. A North Carolina couple, whose refined eye for art resulted in an exquisite collection of late 20th-century masterpieces, has donated 100 works to the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA). “It’s an amazing gift – a huge,...

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In Chapel Hill, the Micropolis Is Born

In Chapel Hill, the Micropolis Is Born

Small is better, it seems – at least in Chapel Hill, N.C. Hitching her wagon to a national trend toward tiny homes, an architect there recently unveiled her designs for the Micropolis. It ranges in size from 150 to 1,500 square feet. It’s flexible enough to offer...

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Mosaics Clued in by M. C. Escher’s Art

Mosaics Clued in by M. C. Escher’s Art

“I don’t grow up,” artist M. C. Escher once said. “In me is the small child of my early days.” Artist Sara Baldwin of New Ravenna Mosaics knows all about that – and as much about Escher. “If you’re interested in geometry and art,...

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Creating Art on a Twelve-Inch Square

Creating Art on a Twelve-Inch Square

As challenges to textile artists go, this one was a doozy: Artist members of the Textile Study Group of New York were asked to create a work of art on a 12-inch square panel of wood. Their media could be fabric, thread, paper, wire, or any other that might stretch the definition...

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Brooklyn’s Weeksville Heritage Center

Brooklyn’s Weeksville Heritage Center

The Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn is awash in symbolism. It’s dedicated to interpreting the history of one of the nation’s first free African American communities, established in the early 1830s. It’s long and low – following the scale of the...

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Dara Artisans, Now at Atelier Courbet

Dara Artisans, Now at Atelier Courbet

Atelier Courbet, long known for its commitment to high-quality craftsmanship, is partnering with Dara Artisans for a pop-up shop in New York. Among the works culled from the Dara collection are ceramics and textiles from Los Angeles designer Mirena Kim, potters from the Acoma...

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Heeding the Legacy of Stanford White

Heeding the Legacy of Stanford White

When Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects won the Stanford White Award from the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art a couple of weeks back, Tom Kligerman took time to reflect on the man for whom the prize is named. And his partner who led the team that won it. It’s...

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Tom Kligerman’s Shingle Style Homes

Tom Kligerman’s Shingle Style Homes

If the shingle style’s not firmly embedded in Tom Kligerman’s DNA, it’s certainly been environmentally ingrained in most of his life. “I grew up in Connecticut, and spent my summer on the ocean in Rhode Island, in a town populated by those homes,”...

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New York’s Winners, Built by Women

New York’s Winners, Built by Women

First came the unsuccessful, if consciousness-raising, 2013 petition on behalf of Denise Scott-Brown to the Pritzker Prize Committee. Next up: a 2014 AIA Gold Medal for Julia Morgan, the early 20th-century architect of Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif. Now come the winners in...

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