Lunar Refractions: Leaves That are Green

There is nothing new under the sun.  —Ecclesiastes Deus creavit, Linnaeus disposuit. (God created, Linnaeus organized.)  —Linnaeus It is ninety-nine degrees in New York today—welcome back to yet another summer. This means, dear reader, that unless you are reading this in the southern hemisphere’s fine winter, or from the lofty alpine altitude of a mountaintop,…

Lunar Refractions: Architecture’s Towering, Teetering, Toppling Aspirations

Anselm Kiefer, the enfant terrible of ambivalently postwar-wartime art, has undertaken an astoundingly architectural series of projects, constructing several towers in vastly different settings. These curious structures exude a sense of timelessness, yet also an undeniable timeliness. Like many of the themes he deals with, they have appeared in his paintings, photographs, books, and sculptures…