Author: Barbara Vogelstein

Calder/Miró: Constellations

There are two small but enchanting shows at Acquavella Galleries and Pace Gallery. The Acquavella show, which I think should definitely be viewed first, presents all 23 of Miró’s hand-painted “Constellation” series (22 originals, including just one copy). Miró produced …Read More


This week we went to the revival of “Cats” at the Neil Simon Theatre. This musical was truly the “Hamilton” of its day. I had forgotten how clever, and even touching, the T.S. Eliot poems were. The new production seems …Read More

A Doll’s House

I can strongly recommend the new production of “A Doll’s House,” in a limited run at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn. Produced by Theatre for a New Audience and directed by Arin Arbus (daughter of Diana Arbus), Ibsen’s classic …Read More

Fiddler on the Roof

  I saw a preview of “Fiddler on the Roof” last week, having remembered the play and its music so fondly from my youth. I must confess that in the very long first act, I was dismayed by the dated …Read More

Letter from Amsterdam

  Museums: The newly refurbished Rijksmuseum is a pleasure; the art has been beautifully re-installed on deep-colored walls, and the paintings are well-spaced for easy viewing. Nearly all of the Rijksmuseum’s important Dutch paintings are located in the Hall of …Read More

Letter from Brussels and Bruges

  Brussels We went to an exceptional restaurant, Comme Chez Soi (23 Place Roupe. B-1000 Brussels, +32 2 512 29 21). Located in a small brownstone with exquisite Art Nouveau features, it has been operated by same family for four …Read More

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Written by Daniel James Brown, “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” is a riveting book. I will confess from the outset that rowing, and rowing at the 1936 …Read More

The Empress Dowager Cixi

This new book, by Jung Chang, is one of the most interesting I have read in quite some time. It is the story of a young woman (1835-1908) who entered the Forbidden City as concubine (in the sixth of eight …Read More