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Post #801 • June 1, 2006, 10:30 AM • 5 Comments

No promises, but with any luck this will let me post on a show at the Boston MFA tomorrow.

"What kind of an artist inspires a brilliant, oddball band like They Might Be Giants to write an art historical ditty in his honor? A brilliant, oddball artist like James Ensor, whose work, after more than 100 years, remains refreshingly strange and caustic." Leah Ollman on Ensor's show at the Getty.

Piet, a programming language that looks like Mondrians, by David Morgan-Mar. (Reddit)

"'I think Dale Chihuly is a pure original,' [Andrew] Page said. 'He has a tremendous sense of color and composition. And he has done a tremendous amount for the field. But this lawsuit may have been the worst thing he could have done.'" I tend to concur. This sounds ridiculous.

Maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves. (AJ)

"I Dream of Cake was established by Shinmin Li. Li's masterful understanding of the personality of icing and the relationship between the ingredients used in her cakes enables her to design and create delectable masterpieces in signature style." (Waxy)

Leonardo cover-up hidden by monks for 500 years. (Digg)

Rubik's Cube art. (Reddit)

Department of Skills: Solid Potato Salad. (Reddit, hat tip to Supergirl, who noted, "This is what I want to see those losers on American Idol do. Anybody can sing.")




June 1, 2006, 10:47 AM

And anybody can make a Chihuly. That's his problem, not those who are copying him.

It will make an interesting lawsuit.



June 1, 2006, 10:55 AM

Supergirl: Those Ross sisters are really something. Thanks.



June 2, 2006, 7:19 AM

Re: the ICA's new building. I think it looks great so far, though I'll reserve judgment until it's done and I've actually been able to visit. But is saying that it "dominates its site" a polite way of putting a positive spin on the fact that it's rather isolated at the moment? I mean, it can't help but dominate the site when there's nothing near it. The South Boston waterfront area has been changing so rapidly that this state of affairs won't last long, I imagine--or at least, hope. When you cross the Northern Avenue Bridge over into Southie, everthing all of a sudden feels stretched out, with wider spaces between the buildings (though this isn't so much the case over on Congress St., at least not for a few blocks in.) It's not the most pedestrian-friendly area, at least not yet.



June 2, 2006, 7:21 AM

And by the way, what show at the MFA is it? I've been meaning to write up a couple things about exhibitions there, but haven't been motivated. Curious to read what you've been looking at.



June 2, 2006, 5:59 PM

Did anyone else see the youtube movie of rice on a resonating plate (at the solid potato salad link)? Craziness, or neato-ness at the least.



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