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2000 Stories by Edward Lebow

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  • Ring Master

    published December 28, 2000

    Some soft, blinking light of common courtesy ordinarily warns people against squabbling on a circus high wire. But this is just practice. And... More >>

  • Understated Original

    published November 30, 2000

    Philip Curtis, the Scottsdale painter who died November 12 at age 93, would have loved the Phoenix Art Museum's farewell to him last week. He... More >>

  • Building History

    published November 23, 2000

    U.S. District Court Judge Robert Broomfield leans out over the rail on the fourth-floor balcony of the new Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Courthouse... More >>

  • Toy Story

    published October 26, 2000

    Liliana Porter's exhibition, "Secret Lives of Toys," slipped into the Phoenix Art Museum in early September when most of the bright lights were... More >>

  • Silent Majority

    published October 12, 2000

    In his 1999 State of the Neighborhoods address, Phoenix Mayor Skip Rimsza touted the growing number of neighborhood organizations, the groups... More >>

  • Taco Hell

    published September 28, 2000

    Hernan Rivera unpuckers a bottle of Mexican Coca-Cola from his lips and nods in the direction of a family finishing a late-night meal at his... More >>

  • Chain Saw Massacre

    published September 7, 2000

    Helen Brock momentarily ponders poet Ogden Nash's Song of the Open Road, then, in a soft Oklahoma drawl, repeats it haltingly. "I... More >>

  • Leave It to Weaver

    published August 24, 2000

    People like to blame the pretensions of the art mob for the churchlike quiet of museums. But the more subtle truth is that great art has a way of... More >>

  • Resin Shine

    published July 13, 2000

    Not many materials have had the schizophrenic life that plastic has. In the khaki-toned years following World War II, it looked as fresh and... More >>

  • Downtown, Where Art Thou?

    published June 15, 2000

    It's never been easy to explain the weakness of Phoenix's downtown art scene. Art martyrs like to pin its frailty on the city's antipathy toward... More >>

  • Masters Without Masterpieces

    published June 8, 2000

    Summer comes with the cultural expectation that the farther you travel, the better the art gets. Mexico City, New York, Europe and Asia prove that... More >>

  • Canal Knowledge

    published June 1, 2000

    Joyce Thayer eases her pickup truck onto the dirt path beside the Highline Canal in south Phoenix, glances at the water near the top of the banks... More >>

  • Pupil Pros

    published June 1, 2000

    Scottsdale gallery owners don't often coo about competitors the way they do about Kraig Foote. They say he's a quiet saint in a racket filled with... More >>

  • What a Butte!

    published May 11, 2000

    Tempe Butte is an island of rock in the midst of a city, a volcanic and sedimentary bump that rises barely 300 feet above downtown Tempe. Yet to... More >>

  • Lenin Pledge

    published April 27, 2000

    Before the fall of the Soviet Union, you wouldn't have measured a woman's commitment to capitalism by the number of Communist posters she hung on... More >>

  • Crème de la Kremlin

    published April 6, 2000

    The art market has done a fairly good job in the past 30 years of neutering terms like "revolutionary" and "avant-garde." Yet the radicalism in... More >>

  • 'Hood Winked

    published March 30, 2000

    Last August, about 30 residents of Central City South, a few city officials and some interested outsiders gathered in the steamy summer heat at... More >>

  • Western Union

    published February 24, 2000

    A hunger for the exotic is usually what stirs artists to jump past the humdrum of the "new and improved" to the rarer thrill of things "never... More >>

  • Foreign Correspondence

    published February 10, 2000

    Jimmy Creasman was a lucky man. The proof was in the piles of letters, photographs and other memorabilia I found scattered in the alley behind his... More >>

  • Casualties of War

    published February 10, 2000

    Well-known KTAR broadcaster Howard Pyle had a resonant voice and a sermonizing way with words that made him a radio natural. He was the voice of... More >>

  • Letter in a Battle

    published February 3, 2000

    Stories often wind up in the trash. But this one begins there, with letters I found in a Tempe alley two years ago. They were dumped among... More >>

  • When Photo Was King

    published January 13, 2000

    Every so often, America coughs up a hairball like Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker to remind itself of how far it has traveled from its past. In... More >>

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