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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hookers and Strikers Oh My

Museum goers cannot get into the Musee d'Orsay to see the exhibit on the oldest profession in the world.  Not because people there are opposed to the subject matter or find it offensive as there might be a strike in America with our outwardly prudish morals (though there certainly are plenty of people looking at porn online and in magazines and movies, not to mention keeping prostitutes in business still...how can that be if we are so moral?...but I digress...)no, the art isn't being opposed...its the hours that the workers have to work that is in opposition and which has caused the museum not to be open due to strikers.

I hate it when everyday labor difficulties interfere with artwork exhibitions.

"Splendor and Misery: Images of Prostitution 1850-1910," includes historical artifacts, police records, paintings and photos, was to open September 22. 

Let the poor guys have a break for goodness sake.  

Let them have free passes to see the artwork too.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Funktional Vibrations mosaics now completed at New York Subway

Giant Mosaics now decorate the New York Subway.  Created by Xenobia Bailey. She was commissioned to create three mosaic designs, one being a 2,788 square-foot mosaic mural called Funktional Vibrations—one of the largest mosaic works in the subway system, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

See more about this artist here.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Jochen Lempert artworks

Field Guide: Photographs by Jochen Lempert showcases beauty, mystery of nature Cincinnati Art Museum, October 17, 2015–March 6, 2016 CINCINNATI – September 18, 2015 – The first major U.S. museum exhibition featuring German artist Jochen Lempert’s photographs will be on view at the Cincinnati Art Museum from Oct. 17, 2015–March 6, 2016. The show will include more than 100 hand-printed black-and-white photographs spanning 15 years.

Originally trained as a biologist, Lempert began making artistic photographs of animals, plants, and natural phenomena during the early 1990s in Hamburg, Germany. “Lempert’s unique background allows him to depict the world with both scientific rigor and a poetic sensibility,” said Brian Sholis, Cincinnati Art Museum Curator of Photography. The artist uses both conventional and experimental processes, and the results are anything but traditional nature photos. Out in the field, Lempert uses his 35-mm camera to chart human-animal interactions, the patterns made by birds and insects, or the play of sunlight and shadow. But he also brings the outside world into the studio, making camera-less photograms of leaves and algae or letting bioluminescent species like fireflies expose photographic paper. The exhibition will also include his ongoing 25-year project to document all 80 known taxidermy specimens of the Great Auk, a flightless North Atlantic bird that went extinct in 1844.

Lempert often arranges his images in sequences or grids to highlight similarities, underscore how classification defines what we see, and encourage close looking. The photographs, in a wide variety of sizes, will be placed on the walls unmounted and unframed in an installation devised on-site by the artist and curator. This survey of Lempert’s photographs includes new work made on the East Coast and in Cincinnati during May 2015. His behind-the-scenes visits to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Museum of Natural History & Science at Cincinnati Museum Center, and the Lloyd Library and Museum allowed him to cast new light on these familiar local landmarks.

Several artworks made in Cincinnati will be included in the show. Field Guide: Photographs by Jochen Lempert is sponsored by PNC Bank and Darlene and Jeffrey R. Anderson. It will be on view in Galleries 103, 104 and 105. The exhibition will travel to the Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver, where it will be on view April 15–June 12, 2016. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Doing the Right Thing

The John Paul Getty museum is giving some restitution to the Armenian people after a long drawn out legal battle over 8 illuminated manuscript pages
from the Armenian Bible.  The Getty will continue to show the work but the Armenian church is now named as the owner after they contend that the pages were originally stolen during World War 1 and many Armenians suffered genocide during the war.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

See Art for Free Saturday September 26

Various art galleries and museums in the Volusia county area of Florida will be opening their doors free of charge on Saturday, September 26th in conjunction with the Smithsonian's annual Museum Day.  Don't miss out on a chance to see a whirlwind tour of art.  A shuttle is available for going from one location to the next.

Available at the Deland Museum of art:

at the Hand Art Center at the Stetson University campus
and at the Gillespie Museum in Deland
Sand Hill Symphony opens

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Making a Difference?

Artist's can make a difference.  We aren't just airy-fairy painters and potters.  We have minds and hearts and often our artwork speaks to the issues that are important to us.  Freedom. Human rights. Free speech.

Artist's in New York and New Jersey are speaking up with their street art.