Insects, Mezcal and Alebrijes: Oaxaca’s Rich Indian Heritage . Part 1

We didn’t know exactly what to expect in Oaxaca, though we’d been to other parts of Mexico in an earlier trip. But we knew a couple who waxed wistful over Oaxaca’s charms especially “los siete moles,” a label often applied to Oaxaca. We just had to experience the place for ourselves. Mole, as you might …

What is Art ? Part 3. Art is: A Tube of Paint. No More, No Less

Art is: A Tube of Paint. On first blush, this makes sense, at least when it comes to painting: Most paintings start with a canvas and a tube (or tubes) of paint. But, before Duchamp and, perhaps, Russian avant-garde painter Wassily Kandinsky—credited with producing the first abstract paintings—a painting also needed an idea and/or a …

What is Art, Really? Part 2. The Missing Urinal: The Politics of Artistic Success

A curious intrigue surrounded Duchamp’s urinal aka Fountain by R. Mutt. The original urinal not only never graced the show it sought to get into. It had mysteriously disappeared. Where to and taken by whom? No one knew or would say. It is, in fact, this disappearance that bestowed on Fountain its notoriety and its …

Making Art: Digital Painting

One good feature the iPad has over a typical computer with mouse-driven software is that it lets you mimic directly on the screen the gestures you make when painting on canvas. I paint free-hand, with all the idiosyncrasies of my flawed perception and hesitant strokes.

An Adventurous Foodie in Paris: A Simple Plate of Chanterelles

Why cook in Paris? After all, you can just pop into a boulangerie, fromagerie, charcuterie, etc. and eat quite well. Or, you can splurge and go to a restaurant. Even when you have an apartment for a few days or so, cooking seems unnecessary. For us, though, who travel with an anthropollogical bent and stay …