Post #1133 • February 29, 2008, 8:36 AM • 26 Comments
"Search the history of American art, and you will discover few watercolors more beautiful than those of Charles Demuth. Combining exacting botanical observation and loosely Cubist abstraction, his watercolors of flowers, fruit and vegetables have a magical liveliness and an almost shocking sensuousness." Ken Johnson covers Demuth at the Whitney.
"Would I prefer it if our elites had the taste of 18th century aristocratic patrons and were subsidizing the likes of Mozart, Haydn, and Tiepolo, instead of Jeff Koons and Richard Prince? A thousand times, yes! But as much as I yearn to live in a world that could produce such beauty, I have to recognize that this is the best of all possible times to be alive." Heather MacDonald. (AS)
Department of Friends of Artblog.net: Rob Willms has an opening tonight at Common Sense Gallery in Edmonton, which is the new space associated with the North Edmonton Sculpture Workshop. Warren Craghead (quoted at TCJ) has six works in the WPA Auction Gala; the auction takes place next Friday. Carolina Salazar is organizing Love Cures, an auction to take place in Miami in February 2009 to benefit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where her infant son is receiving treatment for neuroblastoma.
Department of Taste is Objective: "You know the feeling - the shiver that shoots across your skin when you hear that song. But why do some of us feel the tingle of Barber's strings, while others are tickled by Bjork's epic voice? And why do a small proportion of us feel no shivers at all?... [Dr. Tim Griffiths has found that] the centre that produces the 'shiver' also mediates our responses to cocaine and orgasms. The headiest combination is literally sex, drugs and rock'n'roll." Also: "The urge to cuddle and coo when presented with a baby turns out to be an innate response prompted, at least in part, by the structure of an infant's face, according to new research that actually shows how this baby love process works in adult brains." (AJ)
"When, exactly, did art collections turn into an insufferable burden for museums? When did the need for a new museum paradigm arise? When, in the wide-ranging cultural conversation about art museums today, did we lose our collective mind? The answers to these questions, in order, are: never, never and last January." Christopher Knight. (AJ, MAN comments)
Arthur Whitman covers Daumier at the
Met Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.
Terry Teachout remembers William F. Buckley.
Greg Cookland on Louis Kahn at Cape Ann.