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  • The "timely and radical re-evaluation" of Johan Zoffany's life and career—currently the subject of an extensive and significant exhibition at Yale's Center for British Art—demonstrates the difficulty and peril of looking too closely at the work of another era's celebrated artist.

    On the Strength of His Portraits

  • In the mid-1990s, it was fashionable to blame that era's double-digit inflation on poorly implemented price reforms that were abused by opportunistic businesses.

    China's Food (Inflation) for Thought

  • It's worth contemplating that the most powerful and substantive works are not those in which Zoffany awes us with his considerable skill at painting frothy fabrics and other accoutrements of the era's formal portraiture, but rather the substantive studies of interesting sitters.

    On the Strength of His Portraits

  • He is one of the modern era's versatile conceptual innovators who, following the pioneering example of Picasso, have refused to be restricted to a single style or genre.

    David Galenson: An Artistic Gem in Buenos Aires

  • Frasier's pilot had its problems, and it became the era's best comedy; if Hank comes close, that will be payment enough for a few crossed fingers.

    Beyond the top 10: The other premieres

  • Salient quotage: But the genius of the "Body Snatchers" metaphor (the movie is based on a story by Jack Finney) is that it combines the '50s anxiety about the end of humankind with the era's equally persistent fears about the toxic effects of mass movements: the Nazism and Fascism that had so recently come close to blowing up the world, the Soviet-style Communism that looked, from these shores, intent on finishing the job.

    Science Fiction Films of the 1950s

  • In the world as we know it, male-male relationships usually fall into four basic categories which have changed the old-fashioned "brotherly love" to the more modern, metrosexual era's "bromance."

    George Heymont: Isn't It Bromantic? (VIDEOS)

  • The forced re-engineering also handed Hasbro an excuse to give the Easy-Bake — which in the 1960s and 1970s came in the era's popular kitchen dcor colors — its most modern makeover yet.

    Easy-Bake loses its bulb, gets a makeover

  • That era's grandiose collars were the perfect frame for double-wide ties, not to mention gold chains and chest hair.

    The Incredible Shrinking Collar

  • His interest in documenting the era's notables foreshadowed the art of celebrity portraiture.

    Mathew Brady's photographs made a president, captured reality of Civil War


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