"Eye" stele, from Petra

Rediscovering Petra

A new exhibition opens tomorrow at Basel’s AntikenMuseum—Petra.  Miracle in the Desert. In the footsteps of J L Burckhardt, alias Sheikh Ibrahim. It celebrates...
Chairman Mao with Leonardo

Pop Art and Design—together at last

In a city that cloaks itself in art, we are spoiled for choice. Our options do not stop at Basel's borders, either. Last Friday...
Girona's River Onyar

Through the lens: Girona, Spain

Cozy Girona comes as a sweet surprise after Big-and-Bold Barcelona. It boasts four rivers, and an Eiffel bridge over the Onyar. It has a...
Mediterranean blue

Sant Feliu de Guíxols – new Costa Brava art destination?

Mediterranean Blue is the signature color of Spain’s Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza. The color also provides a dramatic entrance to the first exhibition for Espai...
Dahlia, Mainau Island

Mainau Island celebrates summer’s end

Mainau Island, on Germany’s Bodensee (Lake Constance to the rest of us) presents extravagant plantings of tulips in spring, roses in early summer, and...
Spiral staircase, Rubin Museum of Art, New York

Rubin Museum’s summer exhibitions showcase Indian art

The Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea is a human-scale, tastefully designed display and performance venue. The re-purposed retail space (previously a Barney’s department...
Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum—a New York City oasis

The abstract sculpture of Isamu Noguchi graces public spaces around the world, but the museum he designed to showcase his best works occupies a...
View from the High Line, NYC

Photo: Step back in time on New York City’s High Line

  "The Kiss"--An iconic image, painted on a wall in Chelsea, Manhattan, provides a burst of color on a cloudy day—seen from the High Line. Related...
Evening at Koy-Krylgan-Kala by Igor Savitsky

Savitsky’s Kyzylkum inspiration

Igor Savitsky, painter, obsessive art collector and founder of the remarkable Karakalpak Museum of Arts in Nukus, Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan—in the middle of...
Mirzo Ulugbek

Ulugbek of Uzbekistan—reaching for the stars

Recent travels in Central Asia introduced me to one of the most famous Uzbeks I never heard of: Mirzo Ulugbek – Uzbekistan’s “Great Observer”....
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