Posts Tagged ‘films and music’

Loving Vincent

December 21, 2017

Some thoughts on the movie Loving Vincent… It was both spectacular and maddening. The plot was ridiculous: Armand Roulin, son of the bushy-bearded postmaster who Van Gogh painted so memorably, is tasked by his father with traveling to Paris in order to deliver Vincent’s final letter (to his brother, Theo). In Paris, Armand discovers that […]

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December 6, 2017

This fantastic, animated cut-paper film at Bellevue Arts Museum has very neatly intersected two trains of thought that have occupied my mind recently. One is the issue of domestic and other violence against women. #MeToo; Harvey Weinstein and all the others who were unmasked after him, not to mention before him. The other is, very […]

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Debut – Isolier as Knight

November 19, 2017

This painting is inspired by the character Isolier in the opera Count Ory by Rossini (the recent production by Seattle Opera was called The Wicked Adventures of County Ory). Isolier is what is known as a “trouser role”, meaning that the conventions of opera dictate that the audience is supposed to assume that the character […]

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Accumulations, Courtesy of Yayoi Kusama

October 20, 2017

“Accumulations” are what Yayoi Kusama called these multiple soft sculpture phalluses that she patiently sewed and placed in rooms, in platforms mounted on floors and walls, and even in two rowboats. Kusama made these pillow-esque, polka-dotted, cartoon-like, engorged phalluses as a way to get over her fear of sex – and one vintage 1960s photo […]

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The Homely Protestant

October 19, 2017

I love Robert Motherwell because of his smarts. While so many of his (male) contemporaries were making fools of themselves in bars, he was making poetic work – about poetry – and other big themes, and writing intelligently about it too. I read the wall text for this painting at the Met and was reminded […]

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365 Days of Art: December 11 – Stolen Mona Lisa Recovered in Hotel Room, Séraphine Dies

December 11, 2014

December 11, 1913 By appointment, antiques dealer Signor Geri and director of the Uffizi Gallery Signor Poggi arrive at Leonardo Vincenzo’s Florence hotel room to inspect what Leonardo claims is the stolen Mona Lisa. Leonardo removes underwear, shoes, a shirt, and a false bottom from a trunk, to reveal the Mona Lisa. Geri and Poggi […]

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365 Days of Art: September 24 – Barnes Foundation Announces Plans to Move

October 9, 2014

September 24, 2002 The Barnes Foundation, possibly the best collection of Post-Impressionist works in the world, announces a petition to move from Merion, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia. The need for a petition, and the reason this request rocks the art world so thoroughly, is because collector Albert C. Barnes has left his collection of personal favorites […]

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365 Days of Art: January 20 – Julia Morgan Born

January 20, 2014

January 20, 1872 Julia Morgan, brilliant architect at a time when women weren’t allowed to do that, and feminist pioneer, was born on this day in San Francisco. She always wanted to be an architect, but had to study civil engineering at UC Berkeley (my alma mater) because there was no architecture major there. She […]

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Art + Celebrity Gossip = My Favorite Thing

December 23, 2013

Ryan O’Neal won custody of a painting that hung over his bed for almost 20 years. A jury decided that the Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett belonged to O’Neal and not the University of Texas. Long story short, Warhol was a friend to O’Neal and Fawcett and painted two slightly different versions of the […]

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The Renoir Girl Scandal

December 16, 2013

The art world is full of scandals. Here’s one that’s playing out in federal court right now. A woman who identified herself as the “Renoir Girl” said she’d bought a box of junk at a flea market in West Virginia in 2009 for $7. Though originally drawn to the box at the sight of a […]

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The Immigrant

December 7, 2013

Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming series called “The Knick”, which takes place in New York City in 1900, has got me thinking about the Lower East Side. At that time, the neighborhood was a working-class neighborhood with a strong Irish, Italian, and Eastern European flavor. Recent immigrants began their American life here because they could join ethnic […]

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The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History

September 24, 2011

I’m still thinking about the recent show at Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation–which by the way, was just transformed into the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art–congratulations to them! The exhibition was The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, in its second incarnation. Earlier in 2011, it popped up in a Brooklyn location, and […]

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Road Trip: Sedona and Abstract Expressionism

September 16, 2011

In Sedona, it was easy to see the birth of Abstract Expressionism all around us. That sounds strange, even as I write it, because the movement is so closely associated with New York. But many of the painters were actually from, or lived in, the American West, (including Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, and Mark Rothko), […]

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September 8, 2011

Marisa Tomei and Cheyenne Jackson put their money where their mouth is. A year ago, when the Prop 8 trial in California wasn’t allowed to be televised, they re-enacted scenes themselves in parks, Marisa in LA, Cheyenne in NYC. Watch Marisa’s video here and Cheyenne’s here. Marisa’s involvement inspired me to produce an afternoon of […]

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First Day of School

September 6, 2011

As I was going through my little “ideas folder”, looking for projects to round out my arts courses this semester, I ran across an old article I’d clipped (out of an actual newspaper; it was a long time ago) and saved. As relevant now–or maybe more–than when I first read it as I was beginning […]

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