February 13, 2019

     The migration of the North American monarch butterfly between Mexico and Canada is a journey of life, death and rebirth, a testament to the tenacity and ingenuity with which one generation ensures that life continues after it has alighted on its last leaf, sprig,...

February 13, 2019

 Courtesy of © Eugene Richards

     In the arts, context plays various roles, be it to make sense of a work, enhance and deepen its meaning - or construct around its edifice the leaden scaffolding of useless hearsay. For instance, it may be interesting to know that Beet...

February 13, 2019

     The Whitney’s new exhibit, “Andy Warhol - From A to B and Back Again,” comes no closer than any previous endeavor in shattering the durable enigma that is its subject, the awkward prince of New York’s 20th-Century art world.  But neither was that likely the aim wh...

February 11, 2019

                       Courtesy of © Andrew Moisey 

     Have you heard of Diane Fossey? She was a pioneering primatologist who spent years studying packs of silver-backed Rwanda’s gorillas, savage jungle socie...

February 10, 2019

     Our fascination with beginnings, with the nascent in art, music, literature, history, etc., is bound up with our obsession with what makes us “us”:  if the ego is but a crude sculpture of our past experiences, then those lumps of clay which form its base should ho...

February 6, 2019

     Ryan McGinley’s book, a companion piece to his show “Mirror, Mirror,” is, plainly put, a collection of nude selfies taken by people in the comfort of their  apartments, one which seems to comment - deliberately or accidentally - on the self-obsessed quality of our...

February 1, 2019

                                                 Courtesy of © Hope Herman Wurmfeld 

     When photographer Hope Herman Wurmfeld moved from New Y...

January 2, 2019

Back in the dog days of mid-August, 36-year-old Vanessa Campos was murdered in Paris’ Bois de Boulogne park.  Her death came a year-and-a-half after the French parliament government passed a law designed to both stem prostitution and protect its practitioners -  among...

November 9, 2018

         

    When your first opportunity to eat currywurst is inside a massive, drafty suburban shopping mall in Guadalajara, Mexico, you may found yourself meditating upon the un-predictable ways the strands of our complex human universe are interw...

September 9, 2018

     

A typically pointed work by Oaxaca artist Yescka 

      “Oh that’s pretty. What a nice combination of colors.”

      That is Yescka, a prominent Oaxaca City graffiti artist, dismissing with a mirthless chuckle street art he considers divorced fro...

September 9, 2018

                        Work by artists Peque vrs and Pwoz Mac,  calle Morelos and Roja Gonzalez

      In case you hadn’t heard, art imitates life, which is no less true for being a tired old cliche....

September 7, 2018

         Sitting in the sun-lit office of Chapultepec-adjacent tattoo shop Chamuca at three in the afternoon, owner and artist Rodrigo Ruiz related an anecdote which may serve to give nuance to the perception still held by a minority, that of tattoo artists as untrustw...

September 7, 2018

         As artists, the sources of our inspiration are rarely chosen deliberately; they choose us, seizing our imagination and wringing from us works which offer a version of themselves filtered through our own particular psyches. Annamarie Pabst’s path from the porci...

January 30, 2018

                       A succinct visual summation of Ajijic, Mexico's retirement paradise on its largest lake. 

     Ukuleles.  More and more, it seems like they’re here to stay.  By “here”, I mean the United State...

December 16, 2017

                              Mayor Alfaro (center) holding forth during COME's inauguration in October 

     Upon completion of an examination of Guadalajara’s newly minted “COME, Gastronomic Corridor” on...

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