Post #855 • August 18, 2006, 8:34 AM • 8 Comments
"Being in Arnold Arboretum is the best way escape Boston without having to leave town. The next best way is drinking myself senseless at the Irish pub about three blocks from the park entrance." Normally I don't go in for urban design stories, but this list by Claire Miccio appears at a time when the lushness of the Emerald Necklace has reached poetic proportions. Yesterday, the afternoon light raking through it made me tear up.
Ever wonder what the libertarian position on art is?
"Maybe they should be called graphic 'facilitators.'" Tony Long, addressing a thorny question about whether you can make art on a computer. I've puzzled over this myself, believing that you should be able to make art with any tool, theoretically. But Catfish answered that with "art doesn't proceed according to theory," leaving me unable to disprove the theory except by disappointment over the evidence in its favor. (AJ)
This is awesome. "On August 19th we invite you to play a round of golf and celebrate the art of comics. Each hole in the temporary mini-golf course will be designed by a different local cartoonist or artist and will have a different theme." (UH)
"The time had come, van Meegeren felt, to revenge himself on his critics. He devised a plan to paint a perfect Vermeer - neither a copy, nor a pastiche, but an original work - and, when it had been authenticated by leading art experts, acquired by a major museum, exhibited and acclaimed, he would announce his hoax to the world." Frank Wynne tells the story of Han van Meegeren. (Reddit)
Department of Skills: giant marionette by The Sultan's Elephant. Music by Les Balayeurs Du Desert, "The People Who Sweep Up After the Desert." Frank O'Hara called Irving Sandler a "Balayeur des Artistes," hence the title of his memoir quoted yesterday. (Reddit)