Mystery and Message, or What We Talk About When We Talk About Art

Anne Overstreet and Jeltsje Cusveller consider a painting at the Kroller Muller Museum.

No one has taught me more about considering and making art than "Mr. D." That's Michael Demkowicz, who was my high school English teacher, and who remains a dear friend to this day. Demkowicz is a photographer, and several of his prints hang on the walls of my home. But he has also influenced what I read, how I watch movies, and how I listen to music. I'm making it an annual event to feature my favorite single article on art, an essay called "Mystery and Message" that he contributed to … [Read more...]

On Criticism

My good friend, Mike Demokowicz, a photographer and educator who has taught me a great deal, sent along this quote in an email today.It made me think of Anton Ego's speech in Ratatouille... only it's richer and more complete. … [Read more...]

Professor Paul Kuritz says…

I've just discovered the blog of a fellow named Professor Paul Kuritz. Because he just just discovered Through a Screen Darkly.Thank you for that review, Professor Kuritz! … [Read more...]

Looking Closer Classic: "Mystery and Message"

Not much to blog about today, as I've been sitting at home and at a top-secret Seattle coffee house all day working at condensing all of my thoughts about the wonder of movies into a book. As I wrote, I kept recalling things that I learned from one man: an art photographer and English instructor named Michael Demkowicz. No one taught me more about art than "Mr. D." … [Read more...]


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