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Claire d’Harcourt’s oversize bright orange children’s book, Art Up Close:  From Ancient to Modern, is a wonderful and interactive way to teach children how to look at art and engage them in the history of art.  Disguised as a Where’s Waldo type game, the book travels through history with 23 full-color reproductions of the world’s […]


by Emily Waldorf The characters in Jane Austen’s brilliant novels inhabit your imagination indefinitely once you have had the pleasure of reading about their hopes and desires.  Who hasn’t encountered an overly passionate Marianne Dashwood or dashing but unreliable John Willoughby? Austen’s genius talent for social satire, despite being firmly planted in the world of […]


Pakistani Art at Asia Society (NY Times) Painting the Ancient, Invisible Dream:  Aboriginal Art (NY Times) All the Books You’ll Never Catch on a Kindle (NY Times) Hollywood Justice:  The Roman Polanski Drama (WSJ) The Artist and the Director:  Takashi Murakami and Kirsten Dunst (WSJ) Fleshy Nudes Abound in Paris Show of Late Renoir Works:  […]


By Emily Waldorf When I was a little girl living in Boston, I used to watch Julia Child’s television show, The French Chef, and giggle at her unusual voice, Big Birdesque stature, and her theatrical demeanor.  Since I didn’t have any cooking experience at the time, I couldn’t appreciate Ms. Child’s culinary genius and expert […]


T. C Boyle sat down with the editor of the The New York Times Book Review, Sam Tanenhaus, to discuss “The Women,” his new novel about Frank Lloyd Wright, told from the point of view of the women who loved him.  Mr. Boyle has authored more than twenty works of fiction and lives in a […]


At Louvre Many Stop to Snap but Few Stay to Focus (NY Times) For Annie Leibovitz, a Funny Financial Picture (NY Times) Auction Houses and Their Taboos (NY Times) Summer Reading:  Secrets of the Art Experts (WSJ) Whose Art Is It Anyway? (WSJ) D’Orsay Comes to De Young (ARTINFO) Robert Fontenot on Recycling LACMA (ARTINFO) […]


By Emily Waldorf If you are an art history student or simply an aficionado of Chinese art, there is no time like the present to brush up on the basics, particularly in the area of Chinese painting, where memorizing the rich history, artist names, and iconic scroll paintings is crucial for a more critical understanding.  […]



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