Western “Art”

March 12, 2014

In recent art news, the 2014 Whitney Biennial is now in full swing, the New Museum is hosting Laure Prouvost’s first American solo exhibition, MoMA has a major exhibition of Gauguin prints and drawings, the Art Institute of Chicago has a Christopher Wool retrospective and the innocent denizens of Great Falls, Montana, must be subjected […]

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Why do we value art?

September 10, 2013

Is the painting on the left virtually worthless? Is the painting on the right worth tens of millions of dollars? What value do we place on the paintings themselves, and what value do we place on the captions below them — and why? For background, see A van Gogh’s Trip From the Attic to the […]

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Review: The Great Gatsby

May 12, 2013

The old adage when it comes to art is “show, don’t tell.” The idea is that, by demonstrating rather than dictating, the audience is drawn in as participants instead of being kept at a distance by heavy-handed explication. But this advice can be taken too far: you can tell and show too much, forcing rather […]

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Recent Sketches

April 26, 2013

Here are some recent sketches I’ve done on my iPod Touch using the SketchBook MobileX app (Android, iOS):

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Giotto vs. Masaccio: Renaissance Smackdown

December 3, 2012

Giotto (1266 – 1337) laid the foundations of Renaissance painting, establishing precedents that filtered down through Renaissance art and found development and expansion in the work of Masaccio (1401 – 1428). Both Giotto and Masaccio were true giants of the Renaissance — and therefore stand at the forefront of all artistic expression; both masterfully depicted […]

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Why Is Life Worth Living? (according to Woody Allen)

October 20, 2012

In his 1978 movie Manhattan, Woody Allen’s character offers these thoughts on life: Why is life worth living? That’s a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Like what? Okay, for me, I would say, Groucho Marx, to name one thing and Willie Mays, and the second movement […]

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