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Kelly Nell Does Not Exist

November 8, 2013
I don’t know much about Kelly Nell or how she found me. I don’t even know whether the girl in the pictures is the same person as “Kelly Nell.” The name sounds suspicious. The internal rhyme suggests a stage name, and it has that oily and unmistakable smell of falsehood. Girls like her sometimes add »
Look at all those words!

What We Talk About When We Talk About Editing

October 18, 2013
“Beginners by Raymond Carver; Or, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” is a long title for a short drama. Based on Raymond Carver’s eponymous short story, the play was adapted by Phillip Howze and directed by András Visky, blending together elements of biography, theater and criticism. It’s both a play and a commentary on the machinery of editing.
The city of Siena has been around for a looooong time.

Burnt Siena

September 27, 2013
We have not built any burnt siena churches or painted any grand frescos. Buildings crop up out of nowhere and get torn down again without explanation. The recurring wildfires lose their terrifying power to destroy a city’s history when there is no history to destroy.
Happy Birthday Beinecke!

“By Hand” First Hand: the Beinecke Turns Fifty

March 29, 2013
The curators of the “By Hand” exhibition have paid special attention to showcasing the diversity of the Beinecke’s collection—both a smart way of attracting visitors and a nod to the institution’s wealth and range.
"Like Leonard’s career, this series is a mélange of interpretation and innovation."

Roping in the New and Old at the YCBA

January 25, 2013
“Reflections on Constable’s Cloud Studies: Paintings by Mark Leonard” juxtaposes paintings by the revered English landscapist with modern, geometrical interpretations by the living curator, restorer and artist Mark Leonard, who painted this series just last year.