Post #926 • December 22, 2006, 8:42 AM • 26 Comments
Well, Artblog.net's site meter is still cranking strong. Gut yontiff, one and all!
Terri Windling, an alert reader hailing from The Endicott Studio for Mythic Arts, found the Ellen Day Hale post and wrote in: " The Hale family produced quite a number of painters over the generations - and I am writing because I thought you might be interested in a book I came across many years ago called In the Studio by Nancy Hale. It's a collection of biographical stories about Nancy's parents, Phillip Everett and Lillian Westcott Hale, both of whom where well-known painters in Boston at the turn of the century. The book is out of print, but well worth tracking down." So I did. Said alert reader continued, "The most recent painter in the Hale family is Phil Hale, born in Massachusetts and now living in London. His work runs the gamut from book and comics illustration (he's illustrated Stephen King, among others) to fine art (his portrait work has been exhibited in London's National Gallery). Two links." Endicott Studio has a blog.
"Thomas Eakins' The Gross Clinic will remain in Philadelphia after a fundraising drive yielded nearly $30 million and the promise of bank loans that will keep it from being sold and moved." I think it's for the best. Philadelphia is just much closer to Boston than Arkansas.
The Bamiyan Buddhas consider a return. They must have been something to behold: "The Buddhas were only roughly carved in the rock, which was then covered in a mud plaster mixed with straw and horsehair molded to depict the folds of their robes and then painted in bright colors. ... The larger Buddha was painted carmine red and the smaller one was multicolored."
Peter Schjeldahl delivers my pick for best AB/MB article.
"'This kimono must be beautiful, but there is also sorrow in the weave,' [Yasujiro] Yamaguchi said, eyes trained on his stitch. 'The audience will see this and immediately understand that the character is mourning for something precious, for something lost.'" Twilight for the Kimono.
The life and times of an artist's model in the early part of the last century.