READING ROOM NEWS
LARRY RIVERS RECONSIDERED IN RECENT NY TIMES ARTICLE
Holland Cotter’s long, brilliant re-assessment of Larry Rivers in Arts section of
The New York Times on September 7, 2009, places Larry in his true position as one of the great artists of 20th Century America. The Reading Room
celebrates this appreciation which we always knew to be true. Larry Rivers’ art is on the cover of The Reading Room/8, he was one of the founding members of
The Reading Room and his work is a constant presence in many of our issues.
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EUGEEN VAN MIEGHEM ON DISPLAY AT YIVO
The Reading Room/2 was the first American magazine to take note of the importance of the late 19th-century Belgian artist
Eugeen Van Mieghem, whose work is currently on exhibition at YIVO in New York City. His art is on the cover of The Reading Room/2
which also contains an essay on his work—“Anarchism, The Docks, and Immigrants of the Red Star Line:
The World of Eugeen Van Mieghem”—and 18 images of his work.
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JUAN GOYTISOLO REFUSES INTERNATIONAL PRIZE
This past August 2009, Juan Goytisolo refused Libya’s International Prize of Literature and its monetary award of 150,000 euros
(approximately 215,000 dollars). His reasons stated in
El Pais concerned the corruption of the “oil monarchies” of the Gulf and of the leaders and emirs that indecently exhibit their riches in Casablanca,
Cairo, Beirut, and Marbella while the populations of their countries remain impoverished, without education, and jobless. The work of Juan Goytisolo,
one of the founding members of The Reading Room, is in The Reading Room/8 as well as in many previous issues.
In a gala at the Hotel Ritz in Madrid, November 2008, Barbara Probst Solomon became the first American journalist to win Spain’s top journalism award, the Francisco Cerecedo Prize.
BARBARA SOLOMON APPEARS ON GOOGLE BOOKS
Barbara Probst Solomon speaks at Google headquarters in New York, Summer 2009. The YouTube link can be
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Martin Chirino, Mi Patria Es Una Roca, 1987