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This is the grave of Robert Mapplethorpe. Born in 1946 in Floral Park, Queens, Mapplethorpe grew up pretty well off. His father was an electrical engineer. He graduated from high school in 1963, went to the Pratt Institute of Brooklyn to study photography, and dropped out before graduating. Mapplethorpe was already pretty into the New […]
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Nazi Propaganda Art

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On February 10, 2021
This is just downright fascinating. In the final days of the Second World War, a train loaded with relics of the collapsing Third Reich was speeding toward the Czech border when American pilots, flying P-47 fighters, spotted it and opened fire. The train ground to a halt in a forest, where German soldiers spirited the […]
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Ye Olde Statue

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On June 22, 2020
Here’s a statue that definitely doesn’t need to come down. For centuries, in a picturesque Tuscan town near the Mediterranean coast, legions of pilgrims came to venerate one of Christendom’s most treasured relics — an eight-foot-tall wooden crucifix known as the “Volto Santo de Lucca.” According to the legend, “The Holy Face of Lucca” had […]
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Jeff Koons is Terrible

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On July 8, 2019
I’m in Mexico City for the month. Because of the problems of Mexico generally, lots of people forget that Mexico City is a genuinely world class city. Among the many things it has going for it is a lot of art museums. I’m down here because my wife is researching and since she has the […]
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