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…friends who are fellows at the Accademia Danimarca di Roma (housed in Danish design splendor in a 1967 structure designed by Kay Fisker near Villa Borghese) made me feel like I was also taking a little trip to Denmark today as eight of us packed into a VW van, donated by the former Queen of ..

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…which is the dramatic new Zaha Hadid designed ‘Museum of 21st Century Art’ (surrounded by an unfortunate expanse of endless shadeless tree-free unwelcoming concrete which seems to function mainly as a place from which to view the building) has done much to catalyze the contemporary art scene in Rome despite it’s hostility to most of ..

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…a fellow American Academy fellow this year – was a real pleasure, the highlight of the day, a 3.5 minute video she made in 2009 inspired by one of my favorite films, and described by Karen as “…a drawing animation based on a scene from Robert Bresson’s film ‘Au Hasard Balthazar.‘ It is a close-up ..

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…set within the biggest landscaped public park in Rome (previously mentioned here) and located just behind the American Academy in Rome on top of the Gianicolo – is the 17th century palace of the Pamphilj family later passed to Prince Giovanni Andrea IV Doria, which looks like an elaborate white frosted cake especially when the ..

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…di TG5 (the flagship news program of the Mediaset empire owned by the ridiculous Silvio Berlusconi who first ascended to the throne of Italian Prime Minister in March 1994 while I was living in a rural Tuscan farmhouse as my exasperated Italian friends were freaking out and agonizing over the future of Italy – though ..

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…and the rest of the American family-like team putting on the show ‘Kafka Fragments,’ (originally commissioned for Carnegie Hall in 2005, later performed everywhere from the Barbican in London to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and presented by Romaeuropa this weekend) came over for a lunch visit yesterday – and I can’t wait to see the ..

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…all of these years since I graduated from that Minneapolis Catholic high school – where I tried to disappear as much as possible while enduring four years as a verbally abused gay teen from 1983-87 while teachers and administrators sanctioned it with their silence – is on my mind today as I read about the ..

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…is the premiere issue of the journal published by the Barcelona based architecture imprint Actar which has its release today at the University of Toronto, where I visited over a few cold days in February 2009 joined by Heather Ring, Michael Speaks, Nathalie de Vries, Charles Waldheim, and Mason White to select a few farming ..

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…is the smart & beautiful new book that I am seeing all over Europe by the innovative and influential New York-based Argentinian – by way of Spain and Britain – landscape architect (who wrote the introduction to the Edible Estates book, and an important analysis and attack on the American lawn first published 1995) – ..

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…occupied a central position on Berlin’s museum island, and despite much protesting from the West was eventually demolished by the GDR in 1950 after damage from Allied bombings, and today I am looking at the excavations and sprawling lawn on the site, where a reconstruction of the palace will be built after a vote of ..

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…under Nazism by Berlin based artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset (whose place I happen to be staying at this week) provides a poetically uncomfortable public moment as people are drawn to peer into the eye-level portal in the mysterious concrete monolith on the side of the walking path, which turns out to provide a ..

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…are sweetly mowing the lawn on a chilly afternoon in front of the garden house of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe which he used as a Summer retreat after his Italian journeys (previously mentioned here) and where he died in 1832 – but today I am in town for a talk at the invitation of Christine ..

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