Dr.Sam Ben-Meir

Art and Defacement: Basquiat at the Guggenheim

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Consider the following facts as you wend your way to the Guggenheim Museum and its uppermost gallery, where you will presently find The Death of Michael Stewart (1983), Basquiat’s gut-punching tribute to a slain artist, and the centerpiece for an exhibition that could hardly be more timely. Black people are three times more likely to be killed by police than white people.

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An Iconic Adult Star Challenges Stereotypes

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'A New Film About An Iconic Adult Star Challenges Stereotypes 

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What is Ethical Interanimality

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“Cursed be that mortal inter-indebtedness which will not do away with ledgers. I would be free as air; and I’m down in the whole world’s books.

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'A New Despotism in the Era of Surveillance Capitalism

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There is a fascinating chapter toward the end of Alexis de Toqueville’s Democracy in America titled “What Kind of Despotism Do Democratic Nations Have to Fear?” in which the author attempted something truly extraordinary – to describe a social condition which humankind had never before encountered.

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'A New Despotism in the Era of Surveillance Capitalism

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There is a fascinating chapter toward the end of Alexis de Toqueville’s Democracy in America titled “What Kind of Despotism Do Democratic Nations Have to Fear?” in which the author attempted something truly extraordinary – to describe a social condition which humankind had never before encountered.

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'The Spirit of Romanticism

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The current exhibition of Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art – the first of its kind to be mounted in North America – is indeed an extraordinary revelation.

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Exploring the Human Figure: Klimt and Schiele

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 'Exploring the Human Figure: Klimt and Schiele at the Neue Galerie'  

This year marks the hundredth anniversary since the death of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and Egon Schiele (1890-1918), two of Aust

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An Artist for Dark Times

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From the beginning, Donald Trump’s administration has been marred by corruption and outright contempt for the rule of law – with the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey “because of the whole Russia thing” and persistent efforts to undermine Robert Mueller’s Russia probe; with his refusal to divest himself of private businesses, his attacks on judges who rule against him, and much else bes

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'Truth in Painting:

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'Truth in Painting: Cezanne’s Portraits at the National Gallery of Art' 

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Chaim Soutine at the Jewish Museum

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The Jewish Museum in New York City is currently presenting the work of Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), featuring just over thirty paintings by one of the most distinctive and significant artists of the early twentieth century. Focusing on still life paintings, of which he was a master, "Chaim Soutine: Flesh" includes his vigorous depictions of various slaughtered animals - of beef carcasses, hanging fowl, and game.

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