Art Category

September 21, 2014


I am struck by the popularity of monograms and its staying power. What I thought would be a two year trend has now gone way past that and I am certainly hoping the art and its use won’t lose favor. Monograms first appeared on coins, as early as 350BC. The earliest known examples are of the […]

July 17, 2014

What is it about Tangier ?

An article in the NY Times magazine last April 11, 2014 featured 10 foreigners who came to visit to stay a while and decided it was the place to stay. Since then have made the city their home and let the years go by. Morocco has always titillated me and long been on my travel […]

June 5, 2014

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Filed in: Art, Personality

On a Memorial Day weekend trip to D.C., I introduced myself to the artist ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER and some of his work at the National Gallery of Art. Kirchner is an Expressionist. Expressionism is a style in which the artist seeks to depict not objective reality but rather one’s subjective responses.  This is accomplished through distortion, exaggeration […]

April 29, 2014

Arthur Szyk and The Art of the Haggadah

A recent trip to Israel has got me hooked into all things Jewish.  A week after I returned I adopted the tradition of Shabbath and a month after I attended a Passover Seder with the Chabad community in San Francisco. The Seder meal’s highlight is the reading of the Haggadah which commemorates the reason for […]

April 20, 2014

Roman and Williams for Tracy Martin’s Brooklyn Home

I first came across the book “Roman and Williams Buildings & Interiors : Things We Made” on Amazon a couple of years ago. Giving it a quick cover to cover flip, I thought it was a beautiful book that chronicles many of the firm’s and the couple’s projects. I have stacks and stacks of books […]

March 24, 2013

Waldo Fernandez – Architectural Digest April 2013

Yesterday, Richard and I paid a visit to a friend’s mother who turns 90 next Friday. I have never been to their home (and have actually never met her) though Richard has been long-time friends with her sons. Besides wanting to make a soon to be 90 woman happy on a milestone birthday, I was […]

March 21, 2013

What is a Tronie ?

Museums are sanctuaries. But on a rainy day a planned museum trip makes you feel like you scored. In San Francisco where warm weather happens very rarely, a day indoors viewing Impressionist art currently on tour from the Mauritshuis Museum in the Netherlands (which is undergoing an 18 month long renovation) at the De Young […]