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A Window into Art

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
by Peter Ingle
A Window into Art

VISITING AN ART GALLERY is almost always a visit to the past; to representations of people, places, and relics of days gone by. It’s not that you go to see the past for its own sake. You go to see the art as art. But sometimes you go deeper. Without really trying, you can... Read »

City of Change

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
by Peter Ingle
City of Change

AS YOU MOVE ALONG the crowded sidewalks and long metro corridors of St. Petersburg, you see primarily working and lower-class faces. Upper-class folks are in their new cars roaring at high speed down the busy streets along with young “new rich” on stylish motorcycles (driving scary fast). Meanwhile, the middle class hardly exists in... Read »

City of (Lots of) People

Friday, June 18, 2010
by Peter Ingle
City of (Lots of) People

STEPPING OUT of our flat in the center of downtown St. Petersburg is like a couple of blood cells entering the heart. There is a surge of energy as we look up at the massive cathedral across the street and get swept into a rush of pedestrians. Within seconds, we join the nimble dance... Read »

City of Reconstruction

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
by Peter Ingle
City of Reconstruction

AROUND EVERY OTHER CORNER is evidence of St. Petersburg being refurbished and restored. A good example is the churches, many of which were used as storehouses during the soviet era. Lenin had adopted from Marx the idea that “religion is the opium of the masses.” He wanted Russians to honor the red flag of... Read »

City of Change

Saturday, June 12, 2010
by Peter Ingle
City of Change

GOING TO the public produce market in St. Petersburg is like going to war. Well, not exactly. Only in the sense that someone always gets defeated and everyone ends up exhausted. Behind the displays of vibrant, today-fresh vegetables, stand working-class women, each commandeering their battalions of produce, each vying for your business. The men... Read »

City of Art

Thursday, June 10, 2010
by Peter Ingle
City of Art

MOST VISITORS to St. Petersburg go to the Hermitage, and rightly so. It houses one of the world’s most large, if not largest, art collection in a former czar’s palace (the Winter Palace) where the Revolution of 1917 was staged, and where each room boasts a unique parquet floor, wall paneling, molding, and window... Read »

City of Palaces

Monday, June 7, 2010
by Peter Ingle
City of Palaces

ON STREET AFTER STREET and building after building, majestic facades reflect their pastel colors in the long summer sun. It’s “white nights” in St. Petersburg, Russia where we are spending the month of June and where the sun barely sets. This picture of a row of former palaces was taken at 9:30 PM just... Read »

ARTISTS will always be born, but whether there will also be art depends to no small extent on ourselves, their public. By our indifference or our interest, by our prejudice or our understanding, we may yet decide the issue.
~ E. H. Gombrich


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