Circus Sideshow

The Art of Amazement. By the time you read this, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be no more. The owners announced earlier this year that in May, […]

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Sultanic Ceramics

Iznik pottery was an Ottoman Empire favorite. Sultan Suleiman I “the Magnificent” lived up to his name. During his reign, from 1520 to 1566, the ruler of the Ottoman Empire […]

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Healing Power

A cancer treatment center uses art to aid recovery. The idea that art can have a beneficial effect on health is not new. Authorities on the subject frequently quote Florence […]

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Horsey Set

South American equestrian silver was made to be noticed. The homes of wealthy landowners in 18th- and 19th-century colonial South America were not fancy. Instead, people showed off their wealth […]

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The Paradox of Wildlife Art

Idyllic depictions at odds with an ongoing tragedy. There are really two art worlds nowadays. There is the world of … well, what do you call today’s avant garde? Call […]

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Make Mine a Toddy

The founding fathers’ favorite drink inspired some unusual objects. As winter rolls in, you might contemplate sipping a hot beverage to keep the chill at bay. Maybe a toddy, smooth […]

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Kea Tawana

A new exhibit honors the woman whose unusual work inspired Newark after race riots three decades ago. Some 30 years ago when I was starting out as a newspaper art […]

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Maine’s Moody Vibe

There’s more to this artists’ destination than perfect blue skies and perfect blue seas. Although I grew up in New Jersey, I’ve been going to Maine since I was 10. […]

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Something to Write Home About

The vargueño is the “most Spanish of Spanish furniture.” To call a vargueño a “portable writing desk” deprives it of the admiration it deserves. Even if it originally was designed […]

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