The exhibition "Hans Richter: Encounters" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a curator's dream: retrospective of a somewhat obscure, multiplatform artist, who is equally adept (and revolutionary) in painting and film.
In 1963, Berliners were hoping that Americans would protect them from the next war. In 2013, Berliners are afraid that Americans will drag them even further into a war they have not signed up for in the first place.
As Wallis Annenberg, of the Annenberg Foundation, said: "Helmut Newton is one of the most powerful and influential photographers of the past century -- the place where art and fashion and subversion and aspiration all collide."
Americans must take the opportunity to lead, or eventually find ourselves following. The fact that countries around the world are adopting America's model for innovation creates tremendous long-term opportunities to build grassroots links across the globe.
The rumble of a train comes through the window. In Berlin there is always the sound of a train somewhere. I look out and see a very different reality from what my father saw in 1984 when he first came to this city.