“There are some things you can’t cover up with lipstick and powder…” Elvis Costello “They call it the rope-a-dope. Well, I’m the dope. Ali just laid on the rope and I, like a dope, kept punching until I got tired. But he was probably the most smart fighter I’ve ever gotten into the ring with.”Continue reading “Bust of a Man III- Return of Bill Richmond”
Monthly Archives: July 2021
Who is James Renwick and what are his Plans?
Who is James Renwick? This is not an Ayn Rand question about a fictional engineer. There was an engineer turned architect named James Renwick (1819-1895) who designed several of the most iconic structures built in America’s early years, including the Castle at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C., and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NewContinue reading “Who is James Renwick and what are his Plans?”
Bust of Bill Richmond?
by Jerry Leibowitz My inquiry into the sculpture known as Bust of a Man begins with some known facts. There are two similar sculptures known as Bust of a (Black) Man. One is unsigned and is at the Yale Center for British Art. A lesser one, to my eye, is at the Getty Museum and is signed “FrancisContinue reading “Bust of Bill Richmond?”
The Great American Essay
By Jerry Leibowitz …fiat justitia, ruat coelum Lord Mansfield, The Decision in Somerset’s Case, June 22, 1772 America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future .Frederick Douglass, 1852 The wealthy landowners of Virginia and other southern colonies were fat and happy in 1766.Continue reading “The Great American Essay”