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I've said this many times. Tel Aviv is the most happening city this side of Barcelona. I'm just got back from the city, and I took a sabbatical there seven years ago. It's even more happening than when I lived there. Why else would the chic British design magazine, Wallpaper, have published with Phaidon a City Guide to Tel Aviv? No other reason that Tel Aviv is, well, the most happening city this side of Barcelona. Culture, food, entertainment and urban life, architecture, cafes, even clothing design. #1.

Class Notes

"The context of [Mansfield Park] and nearly everything Jane Austen wrote is near-ridiculous from today's perspective," one young character lectures another early in the film Metropolitan.  "Has it ever occurred to you," the latter replies, "that today, looked at from Jane Austen's perspective, would look even worse?" Finally available on DVD, Metropolitan is essentially an extension of this rebuttal.

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Donald Judd had his share of staunch supporters. But you are likely to meet with skeptical responses if you announce that you are captivated by his magnum opus, a composition consisting of one hundred aluminum boxes that is the linchpin of the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Chinati is where the sculptor made a permanent home for the frequently large-scale work that interested him and some of the contemporary artists whom he admired. It has an eccentric, off-the-beaten-track kind of grandeur that rubs some people the wrong way. The austere forms that Judd (who died in 1994) arranged in and

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Coming to grips with the master architect's politics.

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Robert Hughes’s book is an elitist’s study of a provincial culture, but that is not quite the contradiction that it appears to be.

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Robert Hughes explains how New York in the 1980s is *not* Paris in the 1890s. He gives a compelling account of the decline of the fine arts in America

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Franco Then the Army?

Madrid—The Spanish armed forces, no longer a military monolith, may become the arbiter of Spain’s political future in the crisis following Generalissimo Francisco Franco’s latest serious illness and probable disappearance from the national scene.

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Barcelona—It was a lovely false spring day when we started for the front this morning.

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