Category Archives: Art

Goodbye Columbus Day

Before the arrival of Christo Columbo in 1492, the New World was filled with empires, confederations, republics, city-states, and tribal lands. These diverse peoples represented a broad scattering of cultures. The population of the two connected continents has been estimated by modern historians to be approximately twenty-five million people from the Bering Straits to the […]

ROADS OF THE FLYOVER by Peter Nolan Smith

The old crew met at Miguel Abreau’s Gallery on Orchard Street to honor Brock Dundee’s documentary about Afghanistan that he had filmed for the UK MoD. The Scot had flown in helicopters to battle sites and crossed the mountains on foot with the assassins of the SAS. At dinner Dannatt joked that his old friend […]

HERMAPHRODITE by Peter Nolan Smith

Back in the early 80s the Louvre belonged to art historians and a wandering art tourists. Few Parisians visited the former Bourbon palace and once a week I wandered the museum’s desolate corridors to admire its vast collection. At that time I was le psychionomiste of the Bains-Douches nightclub and my friend Alabama Tony tended […]

Signori Mona Lisa

Scholars have long sought the identity of the cryptic smiler of the Mona Lisa hanging in the Louvre. Lisa del Giocondo, Isabella of Aragon, Cecilia Gallerani, Costanza d’Avalos, Duchess of Francavilla, Isabella d’Este, Pacifica Brandano or Brandino, Isabela Gualanda, and Caterina Sforza lead the list, but my ducats are on Salfi, Da Vinci’s lover, whose […]

Better Than The Louvre

Helmut Newton – Genuis