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Egypt, In a Time of Islamic Terrorism, Is Still a Trip Worth Taking (Photos)

When the idea of traveling to Egypt was first thrust in front of me, I was told by almost everyone, why would I ever do a trip like this? The U.S. State Department doesn’t exactly warn U.S. citizens not to go, but it does raise concerns about terrorism. True, Egypt’s touring sector had been hard hit in recent times, but, every local we talked to said they hoped tourists would return to see the monuments. ...

Guggenheim Presents First Hilma af Klint Solo Exhibition in United States

ilma af Klint (1862–1944) began her career with conventional studies at Tekniska Slolan and the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm, but her distinctive abstract paintings were inspired by her deep interest in the occult and the spiritual world. Her radical abstract paintings will go on display at the the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City in the fall, marking the first solo exhibition in the United States, the museum announced....

Early Van Gogh Landscape ‘Fishing Net Menders in the Dunes’ Heading for Auction

Vincent Van Gogh spent the early part of his career in the Netherlands and was inspired to paint an iconic landscape “Fishing Net Menders in the Dunes.” The early representation of his work is heading for the auction block and is expected to fetch up to $6 million. The painting is on display in Paris and will be auctioned June 4. It will be the first Van Gogh auctioned there in more than 20 years....

Met Stands Fast Against Creeping Fascism Over Balthus Painting (Photo)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’s premiere repository of art and culture, is standing fast against a coterie of critics, including neo-Fascists, who are demanding the removal of a Balthus painting titled “Therese Dreaming.” The painting depicts a young girl leaning back on a chair with her leg propped up and a far-away look on her face. Critics say it sexualizes the subject because her underwear is visible and the pose is “suggestive.”...

David Bowie Draft of Iconic ‘Starman’ Lyrics Going Up for Auction (video)

David Bowie’s iconic 1972 song “Starman” marked a turning point in his career, and a working draft of the lyrics he wrote is going up for auction in Los Angeles. Experts say it could sell for a bargain basement price of around $5,000. Bowie, who died at 69 this past January, was at the height of his career and going through one of his metamorphoses when the tune was released....

J.D. Salinger’s ‘Catcher in the Rye,’ an Icon of Teen Rebellion, Turns 65

‘Tis the season … for my perennial pilgrimage to Manhattan in New York City, the warren of Holden Caulfield, the disgruntled protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s 1951 opus “The Catcher in the Rye.” The book turns 65 this year and has been endlessly quoted, celebrated, banned, copied, lionized and burned. Caulfield, the quintessential anti-hero, has become a cultural icon of teenage rebellion for generations of readers....

Linda Bruckheimer Sees Life Through Lens of ‘High Concept’ Photographer

Linda Bruckheimer is the wife of movie mogul Jerry Bruckheimer. Normally, that would be the end of the story for a Hollywood wife. But Linda is not your typical Hollywood wife. She’s built a reputation on her own for photography that defines the American experience. She has been traversing almost non-stop across America, seeking out the road less traveled, and capturing what she calls “the little things that make us who we are.”...