Monday, May 28, 2012

The Artist Raphael Soyer, 1985

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The Artist Raphael Soyer, 1985




Raphael Soyer (December 25, 1899 – November 4, 1987) was a Russian-born American painterdraftsman, and printmaker. Soyer was referred to as anAmerican scene painter. He is identified as a Social Realist because of his interest in men and women viewed in contemporary settings which included the streets, subways, salons and artists' studios of New York City, although he avoided subjects that were particularly critical of society. He also wrote several books on his life and art.

The Artist Alex Katz, 1986

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The Artist Alex Katz, 1986
in his studio on West Broadway

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Playwright Elizabeth Meriwether


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Elizabeth Meriwether
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Playwright Portrait, Jonathan Leaf, Excerpt from Pushkin

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The Playwright Jonathan Leaf, 2006
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PUSHKIN






PUSHKIN

You’ve been paid, yes? (She nods.) Tell me, where is my wife?



SERVING-MAID
She and her sister, Katarina,
Are visiting again that gorgeous Count, 
The Dutch ambassador’s adopted son.

PUSHKIN
Again?

 SERVING-MAID
            Once more.  He’s very handsome, yes?

Pushkin looks at her. The Serving-Maid exits. Pushkin walks to a corner panel in his woodwork, taps it, and it opens. He pulls out some papers and looks at them. He then closes the compartment and sits down, dejectedly, with the papers.

PUSHKIN
Have I eyed earth without a proper eye
And seen - or thought I saw - a hectic strand -
Shore beckoning - where beach's not, not one grain, 
Worlds through glass eyes themselves composed of sand?

Lights out.

The Artist Roni Horn, 1992

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The Artist Roni Horn, 1992

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Playwright Tony Kushner

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Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner at the podium where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Cooper Union Address