Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774
Artists scarred by war see with new eyes
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Twentieth-century German art generally makes me sweat. There is little doubt that the most famous paintings of the Weimar period, which tapped into the horrors unleashed by World War I and the economic uncertainties that racked Germany during the 1920s -- the pre-Fascist period -- were meant to make viewers uncomfortable. This is not art that we long to linger...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Dan Gillis isn't Jewish, nor was his life directly affected by the Holocaust. But over the last 14 years, Gillis, a retired Haverford College classics professor who was raised Catholic, has amassed an arsenal of books on the topic. The 2,500 volumes mainly cover the Holocaust, with subjects ranging from Jewish resistance during the war to the prosecution of Nazi...
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An old local talent who's back in the news
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Thomas Eakins, the greatest painter this city ever produced -- and one of many homegrown artists that the city also saw fit to abuse -- has been very much in the news lately. First, there was the effort by Thomas Jefferson University to sell one of his greatest paintings, The Gross Clinic , to a Midwestern museum. Alarmed citizens, led...
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Some wonderful works in the works
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This has come to be the season of the small press, at least as far as this column is concerned. Several months ago, I initiated a series of articles about Dryad Press, which is run out of Maryland by poet Merrill Leffler pretty much all by himself. Then, when I was in the midst of reading, writing about and glorying...
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She was known from the start of her career as the "Queen of the Leica." The then new and highly innovative 35mm camera was her instrument of choice, and she played it with great skill throughout the 1930s, especially in Paris. Wherever she pointed her camera -- at people, buildings, landscapes, herself -- she caught something striking and classically balanced,...
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