The title Entropvisions is in homage to my mother, the poet and art critic, Harriet Zinnes. In 1990 New Directions published a collection of her poems titled Entropisms, a word she made-up combining entropy - the tendency toward disorder - and tropism - the growth towards or away from a stimulus. Similarly, my short reviews combine entropy and tropism by suggesting growth towards a vision of art from the chaos of the art world. Through the back door, my title also pays homage to my physicist father, Irving Zinnes, whose long discussions with my mom got her thinking about entropy and tropism in the first place.

Rackstraw Downes at the Betty Cuningham Gallery
I was fortunate to catch the Rackstraw Downes drawing exhibition at Betty Cuningham Gallery just before it closed this weekend. In case you missed it, here are a few samples of the treats. Of course the cityscapes were a complete tour de for ce of perspective and observational expertise, but I actually was more moved by the smaller, intimate drawings of Rackstraw's studio and apartment.