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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I have a blog crush on A Restless Transplant. I love the pictures, the commentary -- the whole theme for the blog. It is written by Foster Huntington, a college student living in New England. I picked it off from my friend Erin's blog and have been following it for several weeks. I recommend you do too!
Monday, April 27, 2009
I was browsing 20x200 when I saw this piece. I thought it was a creative way to express this haiku. Kudos to the artist Clifton Burt.
I also liked that his profile on 20X200 says that one of his philosophies is to "err on the side of frumpy."
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
We need the tonic of wildness... At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature... We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.
~Henry David Thoreau
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Henrique Oliveira is a Brazilian artist uses newspaper, canvas and sand to make his incredible isntallations. His work has turned into massive constructions he calls "tridemensional" due to the combination of painting, architecure and sculpture used to create the pieces. I would love to see Oliveira fashion a building out of his art.
Here are two installations I loved:
Thanks to For Me, For You for the tip.
Monday, April 20, 2009
I keep coming accross Ashkan Shahparnia's work around the Web and its past time that I posted about it. His work is sort of an irreverant Andy Warhol meets SoCal: its fun/cool/iconic.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has a fairly new exhibit I can't wait to see: 1934: A New Deal for Artists. The exhibit features art created during the FDR administration under the New Deal. Roosevelt allotted federal funds to organize a Public Works of Art project. According to the Smithsonian site, 3,749 artists were commissioned to create 15,663 works of art. You can visit the Flickr page to see some of the paintings.
I especially loved this one, it made me think of my parents who are learning to sail over the next few days:
Racing, Gerald Sargent Foster (1934)
I wonder how art will be supported during this economic crisis? It will be interesting to see how it changes and adapts to reflect new sentiments and the ethos of this era.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
I was picked for jury duty last Wednesday in DC. It was an enlightening experience and I enjoyed meeting a variety of different people who live in my community. As much as I enjoyed the deliberations, the best part of the trial was my hour lunch break on Thursday. I don't usually have the chance to spend my lunch hour grazing at a museum. Becuase of the close proximity of the D.C. Courthouse to the National Gallery, it was a special treat to have a whole hour to visit an exhibit.
Robert Frank's The Americans is being featured in the West Building on the ground floor until April 26th. Frank's work first came out in France in 1958 and 1959 in the US. You can tell that his technique was innovative for his time -- it is less clean and more obscure than other works of his time. According to the exhibit, his work "looked beneath the sufrace of American life to reveal a profound sense of alienation, angst, and loneliness."
Walking thorough the exhibit, I thought that the curator did a good job at eliciting the feeling of loneliness I think Frank would have wanted a viewer to feel.
I recommend taking a look if you have a chance!
Photo Credit: Robert Frank, Parade -- Hoboken, New Jersey (1955) via NGA.gov