Tag Archives: culture

No place for an Easter egg

Easter eggs are cute devices. I don’t mind them in movies, games, ads—not even in arts and literature. They’re an unexpected connection that happens, sometimes, between creator and the innumerable cadre of explorers who’ve peeled back a layer of whatever … Continue reading

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A matter of opinion

America’s last great pop-culture controversy of 2013 (last as of this writing; I sure hope no toppers are lurking ’round the corner)…swirls about the A&E swampbillies-made-good docu-melodrama, Duck Dynasty. Hopefully you know the score, because it would pain me to … Continue reading

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A happy holiday on Mercury, for artists and writers

Just in time for Christmas, or Yule, or Saturnalia, (or what have you) the right jolly old elves at the International Astronomical Union have gifted upon as all ten newly named impact craters on planet Mercury, each in honor of … Continue reading

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Arts and culture as economic profit centers

Some might have doubted whether the economic value of the creative arts could ever be quantified. Many others probably preferred that they wouldn’t be. Arts and culture are ethereal; economics are the opposite of that. There was never supposed to … Continue reading

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Happy birthday Marina Abramović (you scare the hell out of me)

My take on performance art is…complicated. My better self has the same respect, the same esteem, for this art and these artists as I do for any art, any artist. My kneejerk self, though, tends to look at performance artists … Continue reading

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Saving art by shutting it away

At some point, if we’re smart enough and responsible enough to make the sacrifice, we have to stop being consumers of art and start being conservators. And it is indeed a sacrifice. The art that demands our protection is not … Continue reading

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Banksy in Manhattan

Sometimes the artist becomes a brand, a profit center. Usually when that happens the results are regrettable. But sometimes the artist hangs on to his or her integrity. Sometimes the lure of fame and success aren’t enough to dilute the … Continue reading

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Inside the Whitney’s I-You-We exhibition

It’s not often that a storied art collection like that of New York’s Whitney Museum gets up and changes address. But that’s exactly what’s going to happen in 2015, when the museum’s new downtown building is complete, and the Whitney … Continue reading

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To glimpse a Van Gogh

Funny thing about Vincent Van Gogh‘s series of sunflower paintings. As a subject, they’re as synonymous with the artist as any could be. His self-portraits and his visions of starry nights are iconic, of course; when it comes to still-life, … Continue reading

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Art is set to conquer its final frontier

Artist expression seems to be our oldest form of expression, or at least our oldest enduring one. As such, our artists (which includes all of us, when you think about it; all of us who have ever been…) have by … Continue reading

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Getting to know Francis Bacon

Opportunities to learn pop up quite unexpectedly. You have to be ready to seize them, to revel in them, and yes, to begin learning from them. Their unpredictability demands that. Take for instance my new-found fascination with the life of … Continue reading

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Trash to treasure

The world sends us garbage. We send back music. That’s the tagline for LandfillHarmonic, which is both an ongoing urban experiment in recycling, and an indie-movie project currently seeking crowd-sourced funding via Kickstarter (as of this writing they’ve received pledges … Continue reading

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Pablo Neruda and the unquiet grave

In the wave-strike over unquiet stones the brightness bursts and bears the rose and the ring of water contracts to a cluster to one drop of azure brine that falls. O magnolia radiance breaking in spume, magnetic voyager whose death … Continue reading

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TEDTalks: Thelma Golden on art & culture

“Ideas worth spreading.” That’s the philosophy behind TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design). When you find yourself seeking inspiration, optimism, and the elusive incubation of good ideas—just google “TEDTalks.” Click on any and all results you find. I guarantee you’ll experience … Continue reading

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Why I love the Kindle

I’ll start with a defensive-sounding disclaimer: I love me some books. I love me some old school books. By way of evidence (also somewhat defensively) I offer this snap of my recent haul. Long story, but most of these books … Continue reading

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