Sunday, May 28, 2006

Expression, Tradition and the Individual Talent

Excerpt from "de Kooning, An American Master"

"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions, know what it means to want to escape from these things." - T.S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent

-PD

Sunday, May 21, 2006

A Work of Art: The Cube

Apple Computer just opened up their new store here in Manhattan, New York, precisely on the prestigious 5th Avenue, an avenue known as a shopping destination for the wealthy which also happens to it a destination for international tourists.

The new Apple store, which is underground, is enclosed in a glass Cube which was designed personally by the CEO of Apple computer, Steve Jobs - at least that's what someone told me as I was standing in line for 3 hours to gain entrance into the store - stands in front of the General Motors skyscraper and is across the street from the beautiful Central Park, Central Park being a destination for true New Yorkers and tourists alike.

The glass enclosure is simple in design yet profound in meaning, the enclosure contains an apple logo that appears to float within the enclosure. The only other piece of architectural design that is similar to the Apple store here in Manhattan that I've seen would be the Morgan library, which also to my eyes appears very similar to another piece of work designed by Apple, the Apple Cube. At any rate, the Cube shape design of the store is something that needs to be seen first hand, and of course, within the store, one can test all of the great products made by Apple Computer. Did I mention that you can also check your email there for free? Notice the pictures of the Apple Store, The Morgan Library and even the Apple's older model of the Cube computer which they no longer sell.

-PD

Other relevant Art Comments Posts:
Great Books from 2005
Hollywood's Geisha





Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Another Jewel in New York

Substance plus form equals art, as written by John Dewey and others. Visiting the newly renovated Morgan Library here in Manhattan, one is reminded of the importance of architectural design but also the significance of documenting cultural achievements and significant moments.

During my lunch at work, I walked over to the newly renovated Morgan Library & Museum eager to see just the lobby and gift shop, since I was sure that entry into the museum would more than likely cost and I could easily come back and view everything at a later date. After visiting the lobby and gift shop, I bought a postcard of a drawing of John Ruskin, I went over to picked up some materials concerning their events, lectures, and exhibits. After inquiring about an upcoming lecture - tonight - at the Morgan Library, I was given complimentary tickets to the Lecture which will be given by New York scholar, Pete Hamill.

I will offer coverage of the event - News that Stays News: The Classics, Popular Fiction, Newspapers, and the City of New York. Stay tuned. In the meantime, read some of my other blogs:

Other Relevant Blogs on Art Comments:

Film review of French Film: Cache
Quote by French Director

Monday, May 08, 2006

Edvard Munch at MoMa

The Norgwegian Master

With masters of the pictorial language, it has been said, that nothing is arbitrary. Evidence of the above could be seen in the current exhibition of works by Edvard Munch being held at Moma - today is the official last day.

While viewing the show this past weekend with a friend, my friend pointed out his interesting use of women's hair in his pictures. In a picture which is actually a woodcut with watercolour additions that was on display at the MoMa this weekend, the title says it all, "Man's Head in Woman's Hair."

In another picture, which is titled "On the Waves of Love," a woman appears to be laying on her back side, in a state of ecstasy, looking closer, one notices that wrapped in her hair is a gentleman laying next to her.

Visit the link here Moma Checklist, and download the free pdf which gives a checklist of the many pictures in the exhibition and you can see the two pictures that I am referring too along with many others.

In some of his other pictures, he uses hair as a compositional device to keep the viewer's eye embedded in the canvas, and in still others paintings, he cleverly uses hair as a tool of direction for the viewer to view other aspects of the painting.

Download the pdf from the MoMa website, for personal use and since I may refer back to the brochure in a future post.

-PD

Friday, May 05, 2006

Art of Expectation

"A too expected image(cliche) will never seem right, even if it is." - Robert Bresson

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Harmony in Motion

Tension, Temper, Rhythm, Repetition

"A single word, a single movement that is not right or is merely in the wrong place gets in the way of all the rest." - Robert Bresson

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

A Conversation: Andre Leon Talley & Tom Ford

Discussion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In a world where banal personalities are often mannequinly manufactured into something they are not and forced upon a public eager for something - that something can be many things depending upon who you ask, who you are, and what one wants - it is quite refreshing to hear any conversation with depth: substance, form and energy. I just finished hearing a conversation between two "icons" of modern fashion. Neither banal nor shallow, these heavy weights of fashion could have easily spoken for several hours regarding a range of topics - architecture, film, visual art, style, global affairs, literature, and much more - and entertained the audience at the Met. But with grace, elegance and singularity, they shared some thoughts with the audience for a concise and jammed packed 30 minutes and then took questions from the audience for about another 30 minutes and I truly think everyone in the audience walked away with an enhanced understanding of style and its creation. Listening to these giants speak, one understands that style is substance with various nuaunces.

-Peter Duhon

The Scholar, Emily Kies Folpe

The Lecture: Abstract Expressionism

Just got back from attending the lecture that covered the development of Abstract Expressionism here in America. Emily Kies Folpe, the independant scholar was absolutely amazing in her presentation of the topic. I am truly thankful to her for a well-prepared and in-depth lecture.

I look forward to posting more info about this lecture later.

PD

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Abstract Expressionism

Part I: Gorky, Pollock and Dekooning

I will be attending a lecture tomorrow that will cover the three artists mentioned in the subtitle and if all goes well, I will offer some coverage of the event here on Art Comments. The lecture will take place at Sotheby's New York. The painting below is by De Kooning.

Past relevant blogs with more information regarding De Kooning.
Great Books from 2005
The Master Painter in Person

-PD

Pablo Picasso at Sotheby's

New York 03 May 06 Sotheby's
Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale


Pablo Picasso's portrait of his mistress Dora Maar titled "Dor Maar au chat" will be auctioned off this week at Sotheby's. It may be sold for aproximately $50m. We will see...

Works by Van Gogh, Degas, and Matisse will be sold also at this specific auction as well.

Monday, May 01, 2006

The Expressive Object



"Linear outlines that are used to reproduce with accuracy a particular shape are of necessity limited in expressiveness. They express either just one thing, "realistically" as it is sometimes said, or they express a generalized kind of thing by which we recognize the species-being a man, a tree, a saint, or whatever. Lines esthetically "drawn" fulfill many functions with coreesponding increase of expressiveness. They embody the meaning of volume, of room and position; solidty and movement; they enter into the force of all other parts of the picture, and they serve to relate all parts together so that the value of the whole is energetically expressed. No mere skill in draughtsmanship can make lines that will fulfill all these functions. On the contrary, isolated skill in this respect is practically sure to end in a construction wherein linear outlines stand out by themselves, thus marring the expressiveness of the work as a whole." - John Dewey

The painting on the top is by Picasso, and is titled La Dance Villageoise. The painting below is by the Venetian master, Titian.