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Posted 07/08/16

The substance of remembering: A collector's quest

Can there be more than one Robert Hicks operating out of a cabin called “Labor in Vain” somewhere near Nashville, Tennessee? You might be forgiven for thinking so. The Robert Hicks whose essay appears below is also a best-selling novelist (The Widow of the South, A Separate Country, and the forthcoming The Orphan Mother); a former music publisher and artist manager for a range of genres, from country to alt rock; a maker of award-winning, hair-raising small batch bourbon; a preservationist whose focus is on Civil War sites, including the battlefield at Franklin, Tennessee; and a collector of southern material culture with a unique sense of what collecting can mean in the South. 

Posted 06/17/16

Local color, global appeal

Three New Orleans museums and two community cultural institutions draw visitors from afar by keeping the focus on indigenous artistry.  

Posted 06/17/16

Dennis Miller, Helen Keller, Bunker

Is it just me or is Dennis Miller Bunker's painting Wild Asters more than beautiful (Fig. 1)? The blue stream rushes under us, grasses bending in the current, and the streamside bushes spray on either bank. The natural world is so near, we can hear and smell it-the trill of the water and the scent of the asters and grass and even of the sun.

Posted 06/14/16

Bringing back Olana

The fiftieth anniversary of the rescue of Church’s exotic masterpiece  finds it and its spectacular landscape more popular than ever with lovers of art, architecture, and ecology.  

Posted 06/10/16

It was never about the food

Drawn to restaurants as settings for his stylish avatars of American anomie, Edward Hopper deliberately avoided giving them anything to eat. 

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