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What If You Trivialize Hitler?

My article “What If You Trivialize Hitler?” — about the Holocaust art of Bruce Gendelman — appears in Mosaic magazine. (The Jewish Journal, LA, also excerpts it.) Here’s the lede: “How do you shoot the devil in the back?” asks the character played by Kevin Spacey in the 1995 movie The Usual Suspects. A similar […]

With striking juxtapositions, Nordic art unfurls at the Phillips Collection

My article “With striking juxtapositions, Nordic art unfurls at the Phillips Collection” appears in The Art Newspaper.

Hands-on research underpins a pioneering chiaroscuro woodcut exhibition

My article “Hands-on research underpins a pioneering chiaroscuro woodcut exhibition,” about a National Gallery of Art exhibit, appears in Art Newspaper.

Art and beauty can carve a path through a fallen world

My article “Art and beauty can carve a path through a fallen world” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Update: On the NCR podcast, Brittany Wilmes and Julia Lieblich say exceedingly nice things about my article (starting around the 5:05 mark, although the whole podcast is worth a listen).

Looted vessels returned at event marking 15 years of US-Italy art crime fighting co-operation

My article “Looted vessels returned at event marking 15 years of US-Italy art crime fighting co-operation” appears in The Art Newspaper.

A record-setting $30.1m sale of an Assyrian relief at Christie’s raises red flags

My article “A record-setting $30.1m sale of an Assyrian relief at Christie’s raises red flags” appears in The Art Newspaper.

Bible museum is first in US to show mile-long illustrated Bible

My article “Bible museum is first in US to show mile-long illustrated Bible” appears in Religion News Service. (The Oakland Press, Mich., has also run the piece.) Here’s the beginning: WASHINGTON (RNS) — Going through his late father’s attic painting studio in 2013, a German banker named Martin Wiedmann was surprised to find a Bible […]

A poetry museum that eschews having a home

My article “A poetry museum that eschews having a home” appears in the Washington Post.

Chicago’s creepy cabinet of curiosities

My article “Chicago’s creepy cabinet of curiosities,” about the International Museum of Surgical Science, appears in the Washington Post.

Corot acknowledges male gaze in painting

Corot (1796-1875) was and is much better known for moody landscapes, within which dabs of white paint flicker like candlelight from amid deep green trees and undergrowth. Once one gets to know the artist’s oeuvre, his works become easy to spot from across a room, and there is a pretty good chance of seeing a […]

  • Selected articles

    NMAAHC "The Imitation Game: Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?" Washington Post Magazine. March 3, 2019.

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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