Category Archives: Traveling

Views from the Whitney

We were in New York City recently for a very extended weekend.  One of the major highlights we were looking forward to was a visit to the new Whitney Museum of American Art, relocated to Chelsea at the very foot … Continue reading

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Midsummer Stonehenge

While rooting around among old files after our return from England a year ago, I found myself one afternoon browsing through my photographs from our visit to Stonehenge in 2006. My first “encounter” with Stonehenge occurred when I was an … Continue reading

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Walking Through The Gates (Christo, Part IV)

Arriving a little less than a week after the official opening of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Gates, we were determined to enjoy it as much as we possibly could.  On the cold, cold morning of Friday, February 18, we took a taxi … Continue reading

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The Gates: Central Park (Christo, Part III)

The last documentary by the Maysles Brothers about the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude is The Gates (2007).  Like the project it documents, it is the work of a quarter of a century, begun in 1979 when the couple first … Continue reading

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Modernism, End to End

If part of our weekend in New York City and Philadelhia was given over to comparative adventures in the collections and museums of Albert C. Barnes and Henry Clay Frick, another good chunk of the time was spent exploring art … Continue reading

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Art and Oligarchs

During our recent trip to New York City, we spent a day traveling down to Philadelphia by train to visit the Barnes Collection for the first time.  That experience was complemented by an outing the following day, back in New … Continue reading

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New York MoMA Special

We recently had an invitation from our friends Jonathan and Penny to join them in New York City for an extended weekend.   They were on holiday from Sydney, where we’d gotten to know them a decade ago (how time … Continue reading

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The Other Place: Cambridge

I find Cambridge an asylum, in every sense of the word. –A. E. Housman Legend (?) has it that Cambridge was founded by students fleeing criminal charges at Oxford.  Legend goes on to say that this is the reason why … Continue reading

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At The British Museum

I made my first visit to London thirty-five years ago and as soon as I had a moment to myself, I dashed off to the British Museum.  Egyptian mummies, winged bulls from Assyria, the Rosetta Stone all awaited me, all … Continue reading

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De Profundis: the Musical

Before we left for Europe, I spent some time looking through the theater listings in London.  I had this notion that one could see shows in the West End for prices that were a mere fraction of what you might … Continue reading

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