Ginanne Brownell

Contemporary Art on the Rise in Eastern Europe

Among the well-established galleries from New York, Paris, and London showing works at Art Basel Switzerland last month, a smattering of galleries from Central and Eastern Europe stood out, showing video installations, photographs, and huge landscape paintings. They are among those from the former East bloc fast gaining a reputation as important players on the international contemporary-art scene.

Polish Foreign Minister Sikorski on Greece

The April plane crash that killed 80 Polish leaders, including President Lech Kaczynski, is known in Poland as "the catastrophe." The leaders were en route to a commemoration of the 1940 Soviet massacre of Polish officers in Katyn, Russia. Poland had to call early elections, now scheduled for June 20. Kaczynski's twin brother, Jaroslaw, who heads the ultraconservative Law and Justice Party, faces Acting President Bronislaw Komorowski of the pro-European Civic Platform party.

Bosnia Reborn

Elvir Causevic left sarajevo in 1990, just before the war engulfed Bosnia and smashed it to smithereens. Now 33 and educated in America, a member of Yale University's research staff, he recently moved back --and continues to be amazed at the town's transformation.

'I Just Want to Play'

For a tennis player who is impressively vocal and aggressive behind the net, hunky Rafael Nadal is surprisingly demure off the court. There is almost a little-boy-lost quality about him.