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Culture Watch


  • Americans Were Too Stodgy for Art Nouveau

    by Diana Muir Appelbaum

    Art nouveau was the modern art movement that America almost entirely missed.  Not only is it absent from our streets, it is largely missing from our museums, a void that a traveling exhibit, Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, now at the Walters Museum in Baltimore, is seeking to repair.


  • A Baseball Musical that Needs Some Relief Pitching

    by Bruce Chadwick

    Last Days of Summer, written by Steve Kluger and based on his 1998 novel, is the story about players from the New York Giants 1940 team, that toiled in New York along with the Yankees and Dodgers, and a little kid who loved the game.


  • Over the Rainbow to Oz Once Again with Judy

    by Bruce Chadwick

    The story of the film classic is told in a bright, cheerful new musical, Chasing Rainbows, the Road to Oz, that opened last week at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey,


  • Art and Defacement: Basquiat at the Guggenheim

    by Sam Ben-Meir

    The Guggenheim’s glance back to 1983 and the death of Michael Stewart accomplishes what art exhibitions should, but all too rarely do – it grants us perspective on our present moment.