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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

An Opposing View: He's Entitled

Albert Barnes and Paul Guillaume

By Robert Zeller
June 03, 2014
Albert Barnes by Giorgio de Chirico
My colleague Richard Carreño [at BroadStreetReview.com] compares the Barnes Foundation’s art collection, of which some 800 pieces were hung on permanent display in Merion, to that of Paul Guillaume in the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris. There are some important differences, however.
Giorgio de Chirico's portrait of Barnes.
Guillaume’s collection, as Richard points out, consists of 145 works. Barnes owned some 350 works by Cézanne, Renoir, Matisse, and Picasso alone. In addition to the works in the galleries, he had ten times as many in other repositories, notably his estate at Ker-Feal. These included works by Corot, Courbet, Millet, and De Chirico, the latter a portrait of Barnes himself. He wasn’t just hiding them; they simply didn’t fit in with the conception he had for the galleries. In the case of De Chirico, Barnes may simply not have wished to call undue attention to himself in what was designed as a pedagogical setting. Guillaume’s portrait of himself by Modigliani does hang in l’Orangerie. De gustibus.

Monday, 3 October 2016


Facing Down the Ugly American
By Don Merlot
[WC News Service]
New Orleans
Back in 1968 I started my international career in February and took off for my first international trip in June. When I stepped off the plane to experience my first foreign culture exchange and to pursue an international global career, my expectation was, as a recent college graduate, that I could handle anything and everything. 

One of the things that I was told about seeing a new culture was, do not judge a culture or compare it to your own. You do not have to like it, nor comment about it publicly. You are a business ambassador doing business and be polite and diplomatic.

Maybe as I look back, that was true; in the American Culture of the 1960s we were the Baby Boomers out represent the USA and its interests but it was not practiced by all American travelers that I had met or known. And there I was, starting my first business trip in June 1968 surrounded by an anti War movement, racial discord, political division.  My new business group consisted of Americans who wanted to sell excess manufactured goods. There was a common feeling then that Americans were exporting “fast food, blue jeans, and rock 'n roll." 

Books Received

Liberace's Filipino Cousin
By David R. Brubaker
ThingsAsian Press, 2016

David Brubaker knows and loves this corner of the world [the Philippines], and his passion for it is infectious. History, humor, and travel tips are brought together in his tantalizing glimpses oi this country of 7,000 islands and the delightful people who live there. As you read and laugh through pages, you'll be learning how to navigate your way through the crazy streets of Manila, how to travel country roads to meet an island witch who uses her powers to heal, how to join one of the most exclusive clubs on earth, and above all, how to enjoy your time in a country that is still off the beaten track for many travelers. -- From the cover

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Ben Franklin in Paris

Hôtel de Valentinois
Photo: WC News Service
By Richard Carreño
[WC News Service]
DURING HIS LONG life of eighty-four years, Benjamin Franklin was an inventor, postmaster, printer, librarian, scientist, politician, journalist. Here in Paris, though, the polymath Franklin reached his apogée, as an American freedom fighter, Society maven, intellectual superstar, statesmen, and, despite his age and age-related ailments, even as an envied roué and lady's man.

Franklin (1706-1790) was always peripatetic. This was all the more remarkable in that 18th century travel, both overland and overseas, was time-consuming and involved incredible hardship, planning, and danger. Franklin mastered it all, becoming arguably the most well-travelled American of his time.
Born in Boston, he wound up, via New York, in Philadelphia in 1723, where he married, raised a family, and blossomed as the Anglo-American luminary of legend.

Friday, 9 September 2016


[WC News Service]
While France remains on high-alert, following recent terrorist attacks, and its armed forces and national and local police deployed to block still more murder and mayhem (a potential bombing was thwarted just this past Sunday at Nôtre Dame), another zealous security force is working diligently underground here to deter another fierce threat -- this from unsuspecting tourists.

In fact, these agents are nothing more than a band of weasels employed by Paris's equally conniving subway system, the Métropolitan, or Métro, to ostensibly enforce a wide range of rules of regulations to maintain underground safety and order. Not a word of truth to it! The Métro police have, in fact, have a singled out docile -- often non-French speaking -- visitors as their prime target. The offense? Not retaining the paper ticket used at turnstiles to enter the subway network. The punishment? Strict fines.

I know. I was nailed this week. This, after eighteen months of residence in Paris (in the 60s) and more than forty visits in subsequent years. And I speak (and read) French.

Shame on me.

The Buddha Image in Art

By Janine Yasovant
[WC News Service] 
Yothin Narasak
The Buddha image is a symbol of gracefulness that many art collectors seek. It is said by many that Chiang Mai is the city of culture and religionIn the city center, outside the city wall, temples can be seen in every two kilometers. Each temple has paintings and sculptures that are the symbol of the Buddha. Many Thai northern artists are working as teachers and art lecturers. Apart from teaching or making their own art, they occasionally paint murals in temples or sculpt Buddha images for temples. This involves a mixture of faith and the development of an artistic knowledge they already have.     
Yothin Narasak is a northern artist from Chiang Mai who has had a number of interesting commissioned works to draw the head of Buddha on teakwood. His works have unique beauty; many have mentioned his works as “naïve art.'

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Fly on the Wall

By Don Merlot 
[WC News Service]
Chacun  a son goût.

To each his own taste.

When it comes to wine, the French categorization of red and white (Bordeaux and Burgundy) in the 19th century have dominated  oenophile and epicurean palates until the end of World War II, when Europe had to be rebuilt and the Pax Americana renovated France in the post war period.  American G.I’s who returned from VE- Day who had learned about and had savored the wines of France became acquainted with the wine habit and formal dinners with family, friends and social associates. The historical epitome of a dinner was guided by the French who influenced the British on wine with dinner. 

Monday, 15 August 2016

Book News: Vietnam Angst

War Saga in 60s Setting
Paris to Saigon
Lawrence J. Potesta
Amazon Kindle: Free (limited time) at amazon.com
It’s 1966, and Mickey Van escapes the jungles of Vietnam for a cushy post in Germany. James, his best friend, is black, alone, afraid and not so lucky as he fights for his life and sanity in the daily terror of the Hell known as 'Rice and Dice Land.' The letters that these two soldiers share are horrifying, bloody, and brutal as well as life preserving and morale boosting. Following a long and treacherous battle fighting the North Vietnamese, James is cut down by friendly fire and sent home to his sobbing mother in a flag draped coffin along with thousands of other sacrificial lambs.

Mickey Van, suffering from survivor’s guilt, trades his escapades in Paris for likely death as a Medevac helicopter pilot in the country that took James’ life. These choppers bearing giant red crosses taxi maimed and bleeding soldiers screaming for their gods and mothers to healing hands providing that they might someday see their grandchildren.

Monday, 25 July 2016


[WC News Service]
MONTREAL -- In the surreal world of ultra luxury shopping and privilege, nothing better conveys a lady's status as a regal One Percenter than a handbag from Hermès, the Parisian leather, scarf, and lifestyle goods maker and purveyor. Especially if that accessory is demurely coded as a Kelly bag, eponymously named after the blondish Hollywood movie star, fairy-tale princess, and Philadelphian.

Indeed, the bag might be another kind entirely, one that fits as comfortably over a saddled horse, as does Kelly nestles in the crook of an arm. Yes, a saddle bag -- and, yes, it's among an extensive array of horse furniture, including bridles, girths, saddle pads, and saddles themselves (starting price, from $6,750) that Hermès turns with the same kind of faithfulness to quality and the high art of customized workmanship that's imbued in other of its products.

Thursday, 21 July 2016


[WC News Service]
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) is best known as France's shortest painter, never more than 4 feet, 8 inches. That and -- even by the hard-core middle-brow, the kind of folk who used to troll the once-ubiquitous shopping mall 'art' shops -- for his Belle Époque-era poster prints of Jane Avril, Aristide Bruant, and other habitués of the louche world that the diminutive roué made his own in late 19th-century Paris, principally in the seedier precincts of Montmartre.
There's also the wild-and-crazy guy of  movie fame, many popular books, and of an even an abortive West End musical production, written by Charles Aznavour, which lasted all of about three months in 2000. 
But 'Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque,' a current exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts here, another, lesser-known side of the intense Art Nouveau practitioner is explored. That of horse painter. Who knew? My bad.

Sunday, 17 July 2016


Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward (The History Press, 2012), by Harry Kyriakodis
ISBN-13: 978-1609496821
Since the time of William Penn, the Philadelphia neighborhood of Northern Liberties has had a tradition of hard work and innovation. This former Leni-Lenape territory became one of the industrial River Wards of North Philadelphia after being annexed by the city in 1854. The district's mills and factories were powered not just by the Delaware River and its tributaries but also by immigrants from across Europe and the city's largest community of free African Americans. The Liberties' diverse narrative, however, was marred by political and social problems, such as the anti-Irish Nativist Riots of 1844. Local historian Harry Kyriakodis traces over three hundred years of the district's evolution, from its rise as a premier manufacturing precinct to the destruction of much of the original cityscape in the 1960s and its subsequent rebirth as an eclectic and vibrant urban neighborhood. In this first history of Northern Liberties, Kyriakodis unearths the story of this remarkable riverside community.

Condemns Baton Rouge Police Murders

By Barack Obama
Remarks delivered by the President in an afternoon statement
Good afternoon, everybody.  As all of you know now, this morning, three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge were killed in the line of duty.  Three others were wounded.  One is still in critical condition.
  As of right now, we don’t know the motive of the killer.  We don’t know whether the killer set out to target police officers, or whether he gunned them down as they responded to a call.  Regardless of motive, the death of these three brave officers underscores the danger that police across the country confront every single day.  And we as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement.  Attacks on police are an attack on all of us and the rule of law that makes society possible.


The Benjamin Franklin Parkway (2014, Arcadia Pub.), by Harry Kyriakodis
ISBN: 973-1-4671-2153-8. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway has sliced through the Logan Square neighborhood of Center City (downtown) Philadelphia since World War I. Named after Philadelphia's favorite son, the mile-long boulevard begins at City Hall and heads diagonally towards Logan Circle before reaching the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Parkway is the chief corridor for the city's cultural institutions and serves as the primary gateway to Philadelphia's renowned Fairmount Park. The postcards and other images in this work show the grand thoroughfare's development and its role in Philadelphia's civic and cultural life, despite it often serving as a speedway into and out of town. All told, the Ben Franklin Parkway is a triumph in urban planning and roadway design that has become a treasured part of the City of Brotherly Love.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Equine Movement


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Monday, 27 June 2016


A Lost Industrial Kingdom
Working-class anger and economic decline
could deliver Pennsylvania to Donald Trump
Resurgence of Updike's Rabbit Voter Could be Harbinger
[WC News Service]
Pennsylvanians will be under close political, psychological, and anthropological observation during this election cycle. The state is home to a large white working class that resides in urban and rural pockets undergoing profound demographic and economic change. Although Pennsylvania has reliably trended Democratic since 1992, there are enough of these voters to imperil Hillary Clinton’s chances. The state is witnessing an emerging coalition of Republicans and Democrats who are devoid of ideological preferences, furious over the perceived failures of both parties, and believe the changes transforming the state threaten their future.

In April, Republican voters expressed enough anger and carried enough grudges to make Pennsylvania one of Donald Trump’s best performances in the GOP primary season. In the coming months, Hillary hopes to win over the right number of Democrats and disaffected suburban Republicans to eliminate Trump’s pathway to Pennsylvania’s twenty Electoral College votes. But a closer inspection of Pennsylvania’s primary results, combined with a historical and cultural understanding of the state’s working class, portend a much more difficult campaign for Hillary than Trump.

In the primary, Trump outperformed Hillary in the Lehigh Valley, the Harrisburg area, two suburban Philadelphia counties, and parts of northeastern and western Pennsylvania. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders won thirty of sixty-seven counties statewide, including the northern tier counties impacted by the natural gas industry and the Democratic strongholds of Cambria and Berks counties. Shortly before the primary, a New York Times reporter interviewed a retired steel worker at a Sanders rally in Reading, the Berks County seat and Pennsylvania’s fifth largest city. When asked who he would support in a Trump-Clinton matchup, he responded, “I would probably go for Donald Trump.”

Sunday, 26 June 2016


By Janine Yasovant
[WC News Service]
The artist
Chaiwat Kamfun is a lecturer from Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna and an artist of Thai traditional art, though he defines his style of work “semi Thai traditional” which contains impressive dimensions of dynamic movement.
His works are mostly related to Thai culture and tradition. Chaiwat has received awards from several art contests and has participated in art exhibitions in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. His works focus mainly on movements of natural phenomena and imaginative animals in Thai mythology and Thai traditional patterns like garuda and naga.

Monday, 20 June 2016



Danny Galieote
Bo Barlett
Kris Lewis
By Jackie Atkins
[WC News Service]
What would possess anyone in the Philadelphia/New York City areas to travel  hundreds of  miles down to the tip of South Jersey just to see a curated show of twelve artists? 
Cape May, New Jersey, attracts visitors for many reasons; principally because of its quiet ambience, Victorian architecture, and  laid back, decidedly non-“Jersey Shore” atmosphere. When people come, viewing internationally acclaimed art work may be the last thing that come to mind on a mild summer day.

But what’s a vacation without exploring something more than sea shell hunting and dolphin watching?

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Big Ben

PAFA Restores Grooms’
Philadelphia Cornucopia for Exhibit

When 'Happiness, Liberty, Life? American Art and Politics' opens at PAFA on  29 June, it will mark the first time in nearly thirty years that the larger-than-life sculptures of George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin from Red Grooms’ Philadelphia Cornucopia will have been presented together publicly.

Philadelphia Cornucopia, including the four historical personalities, was an immersive installation/large-scale spatial environment—or what Grooms coined a “sculpto-pictorama.” This work, which the artist created on invitation, was designed to fit the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Tuesday, 7 June 2016


By Liliane L. Clever
[WC News Service]
My flight to Paris from Philadelphia,  on May 4, had plenty of open seats, and French travelers returning home far outnumbered American tourists venturing over.    I arrived on Thursday, May 5, the day of the Ascension and a national holiday in France.  I had completely forgotten that it would be a day off.  The TGV from Lille arrived on time at the CDG station.  It was already packed with families taking the opportunity of a long weekend to travel to Angers or Nantes (when a holiday falls on a Thursday in France it is customary to do ‘le pont’ and take Friday off as well).  So far, so good, and very French.  I had heard of the train strikes and marches throughout the country protesting a new labor reform, but on a day off, all was well.
By R.J. Chellel
[WC New Service]
Although Britain's EU partners disagree on many things, on one thing the twenty-seven heads of government had agreed upon:  that David Cameron's decision to hold a referendum, on 23 June, on Britain remaining the EU, was insane.  In the light of the way the campaign is turning out, he must be bitterly regretting it.  The idea was to 'renegotiate' the terms of Britain's relationship with the other EU countries, then persuade the British people to ratify it.  (Harold Wilson successfully pulled off this trick in 1975.)  This was supposed to silence the Eurosceptic zealots on the right of the Conservative Party and to marginalise the upstart UK Independence Party which has been eating into Conservative support amongst the older, Daily Mail-reading voters as well as the white-van-driving classes.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Watch it Go Up

Construction photostream of 'CVS" Building 20th and 19th streets 2015-2016

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Sunday, 8 May 2016


[WC News Service]
New York
I doubled dipped at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a visit last week, expanding my afternoon to the museum's new modern and contemporary outpost, housed in the old Whitney building a bit south of the main redoubt on Fifth. The 'new' gallery is still the legendary, five-storey Brutalist concrete slab at 945 Madison. What's different is the gallery's conversion to what is now billed as The Met Breuer (honouring the structure's architect, Marcel Breuer). The rechristening further forms part of a overall institutional rebranding that has also refashioned the main building as The Met Fifth Avenue. (Taking a titling cue from the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, perhaps? The Met's able director, Thomas P. Campbell, is a Brit, after all).
The continuing Breuer exhibit I came to see, 'Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible,' is the gallery's first 'blockbuster' show in its new reincarnation, and involves a broad range of pictures from ancient to modern times notable for a single shared attribute: all are 'incomplete' works -- either my circumstance or by intention. Before showing up, I had no great immediate feeling for what, at first, I thought was simply a curatorial contrivance -- all quirky stagecraft, I believed. I was wrong.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016


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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Maria Elena Carreño de Granados

Nana and Papa: Circa 1950 Brooklyn, New York

Joaquin A. Perez 18
By Richard Carreño
[WC News Service]
Emerson 243
My paternal grandmother, Maria Elena Carreño de Granados, was born in Bogota, Colombia, in 1895, and from there, started a life journey that weaved a path to the United States, The Bahamas, France, and finally to Mexico, where she died, in 1984, at eighty-nine years. For a large part of that journey, for almost forty years, she was a nurturing presence in my life.
 The trajectory of her travels was linked to the fortunes -- and a worldwide deployment -- of my family. With the notable exception, that is, of how Maria Elena Granados wound up as a twenty-year-old in New York City, in 1915.That involved work. Employment, she explained to me, as a nanny for the wealthy Colombian family whom she had accompanied to New York while the family was on a temporary assignment there.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Dennis Griffiths RIP

Griffiths Memorial Service 28 April
Many LPC members and Fleet Street executives will remember Dr Dennis Griffiths, the former chairman of the club and author, who died just before Christmas. We have organised to have a plaque placed on one of the pews near the altar at St Bride’s Church to remember him and this will be dedicated at a short ceremony starting at 6 pm on Thursday 28 April 2016.

The LPC has reserved the Johnson Room at the Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street from 6.30 following the dedication so that we can celebrate Dennis’s life and great service to the club by raising a glass or two in his memory.

While arranging for the plaque and the celebration at the Cheshire Cheese will be funded by the London Press Club, several members have asked if they can make a financial  contribution to the evening. If anyone would like to send a contribution, please email Richard Dymond (Richard.Dymond@londonpressclub.co.uk) and he will advise where to send payment. Please make cheques out to the London Press Club and with an indication that it is for the Dennis Griffiths dedication.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

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Thai Artist...

Vichit Chaiwong...
Thai artist Vichit Chaiwong's studio has been an impressive meeting point of foreign art collectors who reside or have visited Chiang Mai, Thailand. The gallery-studio also doubles as Chaiwong home and exhibit and event space. 

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Monday, 14 March 2016

Venice Celebrates 500 Years of Jewish Life

Photos: WC News Service

Monday, 7 March 2016

Turning Point

Small Hands?
Does Donald Trump End Standards?
By Liliane Clever
[WC News Service]
I had an argument with my brother-in-law prior to the last French presidential election. We had a strong disagreement about whether Marine Le Pen, head of the right-wing National Front Party and a recent presidential candidate, should ever be legally a candidate for the presidency. Pierre was adamant that she should not be. He based his position on Le Pen's vitriolic anti-immigrant discourse, her dubious position on French Muslims, her 'France for French people' (whatever that means), and generally her politics of discrimination and division.

In all fairness, Le Pen has toned down the viewpoints of her father, the National Front's former, ousted head. She has tried to appear to be more inclusive. But Pierre was not being fooled. It was his view that since Marine Le Pen did not support the values of the French Republic (Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity) she was automatically disqualified from being president.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016


Milano Centrale
Palazzo Venezia

Where Mussolini's corpse was hung

Memoriale Shoah Milano: Interior of transport car

Milano Centrale, Track 21,
and the Death of Italian Fascism
[WC News Service] 
MILAN -- Rome, some 650 kilometres south of here, is usually associated with Benito Mussolini, Italy's bloody mid-20th century strongman whose Fascist reign spanned 22 years, from 1922 to his downfall in 1944. No wonder. As one of the capitals of the of three World War II Axis powers, along with Berlin and Tokyo, Rome was almost a made-for-TV movie set for the blustering, jaw-jutting, barrel-chested dictator. Amid the splendour of Roman artefacts -- and, prophetically, many of the ancient empire's ruins as well -- Mussolini perfected his strutting, cock-of-walk style. Overlooking the Piazza Venezia from a palazzo of the same name, Mussolini would harangue adoring, even rapturous crowds for hours with bombast, vitriol, and nativist racism.
Adoring? Rapturous? Lest we forget.

As in the case with Austria, many 21st century observers like to portray the populace of Italy -- like that of Nazi-Austria -- as the unwilling dupes of their Fascist regimes and tyrant 'leaders', the Fuhrer in Germany and Il Duce in this country. Germany was conquered by the Allies; Italy, liberated, goes the narrative.

Yes, segments of Italian populace, in the wake of an advancing Allied thrust, did rise up against him. And, yes, never was such the case among Germans, who retained their loyalty -- if not exactly their faith -- in Adolf Hitler to the very end.

For Italian Fascist Black Shirts, Milan was a hold-out. It was also the principal site in the north where the rise of Italian Fascism was incubated, its terror enforced, and, where, at long last, it perished. Even literally. Mussolini himself and his mistress Clara Petacci, who had fled together to loyalist Milan in the war's waning days, were both finally executed by a Communist partisan in Mezzegra, a town nearby here.


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