All the Arts (and anything else) blog thread

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    Re: the fine arts, this show may be worth checking out and fits alongside the previous discussion of Warhol and pop art:

    http://www.currier.org/exhibitions/signs-from-the-sixties-robert-indianas-decade/

     

    Robert Indiana is of course responsible for the 'LOVE' design and similar geometrically-inspired silkscreens that were appropriated heavily by the counter-culture in the 60s.

     

    What I love about seeing original prints up close is the immediacy they grant just like seeing a painting in person, as well as seeing them in their original scale as the artist intended.

    Indiana help foment many styles in art and graphic design in the 70s and 80s, from letterform to the rigidity of the "hard-edge" painters like Al Held (who I'm a fan of).

     

    Plus, the Currier Museum is a beautiful building with an impressive collection of its own on a world-class scale.  Going through is like a mini-walk/-survey through art history.

     

     

     
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    Re: the fine arts, this show may be worth checking out and fits alongside the previous discussion of Warhol and pop art:

    http://www.currier.org/exhibitions/signs-from-the-sixties-robert-indianas-decade/

     

    Robert Indiana is of course responsible for the 'LOVE' design and similar geometrically-inspired silkscreens that were appropriated heavily by the counter-culture in the 60s.

     

    What I love about seeing original prints up close is the immediacy they grant just like seeing a painting in person, as well as seeing them in their original scale as the artist intended.

    Indiana help foment many styles in art and graphic design in the 70s and 80s, from letterform to the rigidity of the "hard-edge" painters like Al Held (who I'm a fan of).

     

    Plus, the Currier Museum is a beautiful building with an impressive collection of its own on a world-class scale.  Going through is like a mini-walk/-survey through art history.

     

     

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    Needless to say (based on what must be somewhat obvious by now about my likes / dislikes in design art) I like Robert Indiana.  I remember reading about him a while back and found him to be very humble.  He was actually surprised that his work was so well-received and became what it was and still is today.    Manchester is certainly a doable drive, too.   It's never obvious what type of exhibition is going to show up at any museum at any given time.   You either just go when you can, or you have to search the websites and "save the date" so you won't lose out seeing an exibition that's time sensitive. 

    I saw Ed Ruscha at the Rose Art earlier this year, and that (again) was not only a fantastic exhbition, but a real treat b/c it was in a small venue, and so nicely curated.  Not surprising that I like Ruscha, either, for that matter.   That's where I stand: give me a gas station and signage, and I am yours.   :).  "Elevate the mundane."

    I think the Alex Katz exhibition at the MFA is a very good example of a very busy, crowded, high-profile show that I attended, where I managed just fine with the ebb and flow.   Didn't bother me at all in the "big picture" and I never would have seen the prints if I'd let the idea of the crowds bother me.   I am very good at going with the flow,  while at the same time, have preferences in terms of most desirable conditions. 

    Well, between the books I have lined up to read, some possible museum trips, and a yoga workshop, for starters, I'm looking forward to the first few months of the new year.  :)

     
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    As pop culture moves further and further away from anything "artistic" , I could really rant and rave about the fact that too many younger people wouldn't know "art" if it hit them square in the face.

    Many of our younger generation only have contact with "art" when they play a video game.

    Originally used to describe the lower classes or less educated , the term "pop culture" now simply refers to anything that becomes massively popular overnight.

    Some things that are a part of pop culture are "artistic" , but nowadays, it is not a prerequisite. In fact, the more trashy, vulgar, ignorant and moronic something is the better chance it has of being successful, I give examples:

    Jersey Shore

    Miley Cirus

    Duck Dynasty

    A-Rod

    Madonna

    The Chia pet

    ...and so on. 

    When our young people put down their smart phones and start doing something artistic it could be a step in a better direction. But as technology dominates our pop culture and therefore our youth , what we know as art becomes memories. We see far less "art" in today's, T.V., music , movies and books.

    We are becoming a sad society devoid of art and innovation ( except as applies to high-tech gadgets).

    I never was happier than when I was putting a pencil to paper and creating something. I always wanted to write a story, a funny story, with funny drawings. I don't care if I would make money , just that I could make people laugh....that would be a much greater thing. I hope that I have made some of you laugh at least once. This forum is the closest I get to reaching a large audience, and I am happy to have the opportunity to write humorous posts.

     
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    In the spirit of the holidays, I'll put the soapbox away and decline to engage further on the matter of art vs. pop culture...

    ...and instead just wish everyone Season's Greetings...

     

    Cheers!

     

     

     
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    Well, the issue really isn't art vs. pop culture, but the idea that the two are inextricably linked, fused, and inseparable in this day and age.   As a society, we have fusion everywhere, not just in cuisine.  :)

    Look at what is discussed as "politics" -- what a reality person (I hesitate to call him a star) says is now elevated to "politics" and thousands of people get involved caring what a professed redneck says about gay marriage, in a magazine they never read (note: When Tom Brady has "graced" the cover of GQ, some people can't make fun of him fast enough ...).  So really, "pop culture" has invaded politics, history, biology, education, even medicine (some people think they know more than the people who go to medical school for crying out loud because they use WebMD, and while it's an excellent resource, it's not a one for one for a medical degree).   The dividing line is becoming indistinguishable.    The idea of "credible" news sources has flown out the window. 

    ETA: The real problem isn't the debate between what constitutes the *purity* of one topic "vs" pop culture, (as in art, education, politics, even yoga ...) it is that the alarm bell rings as loud and the reaction is even stronger since the popular culture invasion has become the norm in our society.   The "which is which" gap is one thing, but the lack of a weight system (the response is just as loud, if not louder) in terms of importance and intensity of the response, is quite another, IMO. 

    OKAY.  Another year, we will have other threads to toss this around.   I have to run a few errands right now ...hahah. 

    Zilla, you are an engaging person, yes, you do make me laugh, I don't always agree with you, but I understand where you're coming from much of the time.   Your taste and knowledge of music, your stories of how you got so involved in rock music: awesome fun to read. 

    I do like what you said recently re: reading being the ultimate form of relaxation.  I feel this way, too, esp. on a cold winter afternoon.   E-readers have a place in our world, for sure, but I think it was Matty who said that when he/we read, it really is the time to "unplug" because that is part of getting engaged in a book.  I love my computer, I read and learn online every day -- but there is a time to get offline for the full use of one's mind and attention span.

    No matter what we discuss in this form, what I value is the insight and fairness in the discussions, and while we are few in number, it's a testament to quality over quantity.  

    To all my Music Forum friends, all my best for the holidays.   Namaste. 

     

     
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    Since this seems to be the place to express Season's Greetings, I'd like to extend best wishes for the Holidays to all my forum friends. May you spend the Holidays in a warm place that feels like home with people you love. Here is a cute little song that I hope will warm your hearts or at least make you smile.

    Milk and Cookies - Clint Black

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIXJ8KU2TE0

     

     
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    In response to yogafriend's comment:
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    Well, the issue really isn't art vs. pop culture, but the idea that the two are inextricably linked, fused, and inseparable in this day and age.   As a society, we have fusion everywhere, not just in cuisine.  :)

    Look at what is discussed as "politics" -- what a reality person (I hesitate to call him a star) says is now elevated to "politics" and thousands of people get involved caring what a professed redneck says about gay marriage, in a magazine they never read (note: When Tom Brady has "graced" the cover of GQ, some people can't make fun of him fast enough ...).  So really, "pop culture" has invaded politics, history, biology, education, even medicine (some people think they know more than the people who go to medical school for crying out loud because they use WebMD, and while it's an excellent resource, it's not a one for one for a medical degree).   The dividing line is becoming indistinguishable.    The idea of "credible" news sources has flown out the window. 

    ETA: The real problem isn't the debate between what constitutes the *purity* of one topic "vs" pop culture, (as in art, education, politics, even yoga ...) it is that the alarm bell rings as loud and the reaction is even stronger since the popular culture invasion has become the norm in our society.   The "which is which" gap is one thing, but the lack of a weight system (the response is just as loud, if not louder) in terms of importance and intensity of the response, is quite another, IMO. 

    OKAY.  Another year, we will have other threads to toss this around.   I have to run a few errands right now ...hahah. 

    Zilla, you are an engaging person, yes, you do make me laugh, I don't always agree with you, but I understand where you're coming from much of the time.   Your taste and knowledge of music, your stories of how you got so involved in rock music: awesome fun to read. 

    I do like what you said recently re: reading being the ultimate form of relaxation.  I feel this way, too, esp. on a cold winter afternoon.   E-readers have a place in our world, for sure, but I think it was Matty who said that when he/we read, it really is the time to "unplug" because that is part of getting engaged in a book.  I love my computer, I read and learn online every day -- but there is a time to get offline for the full use of one's mind and attention span.

    No matter what we discuss in this form, what I value is the insight and fairness in the discussions, and while we are few in number, it's a testament to quality over quantity.  

    To all my Music Forum friends, all my best for the holidays.   Namaste. 

     

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    Thank you, and I agree with you 100% on this issue. Even my friend jesseyeric knows that we can all say that we disagree on various topics (Cheap Trick) and still be in full agreement on others. I enjoy the opinions of all of you!!! And while we all have differences of opinon , I can speak frankly of things here, knowing full well that most of you know that I can be serious and joking in the same thread ( some times in the same sentence!).

    Sometimes my ranting posts are done as serious outrage, sometimes they are very tongue in cheek, sometimes a little of both.....I'll let you decide.

    I don't believe I've ever been called an "engaging" person, but I think that I like that....most times I am only engaging to myself, which might make some people very happy. The "quality" and "quantity" of our discussions varies, but it is always better than staring at the wall while I have my lunch.

     
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    Just finished watching the Breaking Bad series last night.  A brilliant production from start to finish.  One of those rare things that lives up to its hype.

    I had a few minor criticisms with some of the plot twists.  The violence, of course, is horrendous.  You become a little immune to it after a while, for better or worse.

    But the writing and the acting is phenomenal.  The final episode, the way things were wrapped up was absolutely perfect.

     
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    Two fings:

    I was in Berlin last week visiting friends and, once again, went to my all-time favourite museum, the Jewish Museum.  I think it's astonishing....unique to my experience.  The first time I went I literally burst into tears when I realised what the architect, Daniel Libeskind, had done.  It's genius, IMO.

    Also, only recently discovered the SF writer Philip Jose Farmer....how I missed him I don't know, but IMO he's another genius....

     

     

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