Category Archives: Art

HERMAPHRODITE by Peter Nolan Smith

Back in the early 80s the Louvre belonged to art historians and lovers of the finer things in life. Few common people visited the former Bourbon palace and once a week I wandered the museum’s dusty corridor without any disturbance to my admiration of its vast collection. At that time I was le psychionomiste of […]

Yves Klein’s Leap

Yves Klein was a pop minimalist genius. In 1960 he staged the photo SAUT DANS LE VIDE or LEAP INTO THE VOID from a rooftop in the Paris suburb of Fontenay-aux-Roses. His friends caught him in a tarp. The photo was then published in a fake newspaper at Paris news kiosks. I love Yves Klein. […]

THE BEST FORM OF FLATTERY by Peter Nolan Smith

Midtown traffic was snarled by the security measures protecting foreign dignitaries from any harm during the annual UN General Assembly. Crosstown streets were closed east of 5th Avenue and a beeping tentacle of the congestion packed Madison Avenue. My bus took 20 minutes to cover ten blocks. I was late for a gallery opening on […]

La Liberte Guidant Le Peuple

Shortly after the July revolution of 1830 Eugene Delacroix painted LA LIBERTE GUIDANT LE PEUPLE commemorating the overthrow of the Bourbon king Charles X. The new king Louis Philippe bought the painting, but never hung it in the Palais de Luxembourg, as its subject matter was too revolutionary even for the ‘Citizen King’. According to […]

Graceful In Slumber

Some people born graceful even in slumber.