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Topic - Grant Wood
The black-and-white of Alexander Payne's masterful film "Nebraska" seems to depict a forgotten, bygone version of the Upper Midwest, with endless prairies, open skies and dying towns. The absence of color adds a touch of dignity to a story of a man who is clinging to one last, foolish hope to reclaim his honor as a man and as a father.
Reading reviews of art exhibitions in distant metropolises can evoke envy for pleasures and excitements that are impossible to share because the locations are too far away. So a collection of exhibition reviews could seem frustrating rather than enticing, especially when the once-assembled pictures have returned to their homes. But it's excitement rather than frustration that seizes the reader of "Always Looking: Essays on Art" by the late John Updike because these reviews are so intelligent, well-informed and beautifully written.
In the capital of one of the world's most dangerous countries, a hooded, masked man jumped out of a car on an assault mission.
Marilyn Monroe's billowing skirt shows it's possible to catch a nice breeze in the Windy City.
"We cannot but be conscious of the paint itself, of thick white dabbled and stabbed, swerved and smeared into place," he writes of Homer's "Undertow."
He said he started the protest attacks in October when he got tired of working a high-pressure agency job creating art for advertisements.