My article “At new Smithsonian African-American history and culture museum, Catholic stories emerge” appears in National Catholic Reporter.
My article “Why Was This Italian Artist So Interested in Painting Synagogues?” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. Here’s the lede: Nearly 275 years after Alessandro Magnasco’s death, experts still aren’t sure what to make of his work — particularly four paintings of synagogues. Known as il Lissandrino, Magnasco was born 350 years ago Feb. […]
My article “Two painters, two styles, one city: Seville takes a lead in cosmopolitan 17th-century art” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s the lede: Visitors to Santa María de la Sede, Seville’s cathedral and the world’s third largest church, need to peer over the baptismal font from behind a stanchion to glimpse Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s […]
My article, “Do We All Have an Inner Gandhi — and a Hitler Too?” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.
Writing in the LA Review of Books, S. Brent Plate kindly observes the following: Critics and journalists rarely diverge from the secular gaze when it comes to using art and spirit in the same sentence. Apart from Holland Cotter’s usually astute observations in The New York Times, and a handful of others such as David […]
My article “A Smithsonian Gift Shop Sells Anti-Trump and Pro-Hillary Paper Dolls” appears in National Review.
My article “Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection” (excerpted here) appears in the Jan./Feb. 2017 issue of Playboy.
My short article “Archie Rand Put a New Tryst on the Bible” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.
My review “We’ve Seen Martin Luther From Both Sides Now” of the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Martin Luther exhibition appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.
My article “Behind taxidermy display halls are lots of donors of (unsolicited) dead animals” appears in Washington Post. Here’s the lede: David Skelly returned to his desk one day to find a two-headed snapping turtle in a mayonnaise jar. “I still don’t know where that came from,” says Skelly, director of Yale University’s Peabody Museum […]