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If I sign yours, you sign mine

Today, I retire my old, beaten up copy of Oil and Marble. I've carried this copy all over the world, asking fans, friends, and family to sign it. "If I sign yours, you sign mine." (The idea was given to... Continue Reading →

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Hack a Museum

Recently, I went on a Museum Hack tour -- "unconventional tours of the world's best museums" -- at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Mine was an "un-highlights tour" which -- according to their website -- put "an alternative... Continue Reading →

Meet Monet in San Diego

A couple of weeks ago, I was in San Diego for a book event and stopped by the San Diego Museum of Art (no better way to beat a SoCal heatwave than to spend an afternoon in the museums around... Continue Reading →

Be an Unreasonable Artist

I just started reading Gaudi: a biography by Gijs Van Hensbergen and the opening quote is from George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman: "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world... Continue Reading →

See the Della Robbia Exhibit at the National Gallery

These days, media alerts and anger overwhelm our lives. We're all swimming in the constant noise of distrust, disunity and distaste. All sides seem to be constantly trying to "out ugly" the others. But I recently experienced a wave of beauty that seemed to wash it all... Continue Reading →

On Revisiting the Last Supper

I haven't posted in a couple of weeks. It's not because I haven't had things to say -- we've been traveling through Europe, so I have several blogs in my draft queue waiting to be published... I wrote THIS post weeks... Continue Reading →

Gaudi’s La Pedrera: Night or Day?

Nearly everyone's "Must See" list in Barcelona includes a visit to the Antoni Gaudi apartment building Casa Milà (commonly called La Pedrera). It's widely considered a modernist masterpiece and WELL worth a trip. But when you go to buy your tickets, you'll... Continue Reading →

To Be a Cubist, You Have to Have Been Born in Malaga

One of our first stops in Spain was the Reina Sofia in Madrid to see Guernica. Seeing Pablo Picasso's anti-war masterpiece in person -- suitably from around a corner at first, a fractured view -- is arresting. The painting is immense, and... Continue Reading →

Fear of a Book Event in Madrid

Last night, I went to my first international book event for Oil and Marble (Leonardo y Miguel Angel in Spanish) at Libreria Le in Madrid. I was terrified. I've done over 100 book events all over the US; I no... Continue Reading →

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