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Image above: Vik Muniz
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.
Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.
“Thank you for DogStarNYC, in general. The site speaks to so many kinds of interests; it discerns which qualities will appeal to many different tastes in a tremendous number of activities. I love how it encourages young people to pay attention to the unusual.
In New York we let so many teens walk around the periphery, mildly shell-shocked by life, while the information that they need to make sense of their world sits in the center of the room. DogStarNYC welcomes them into the middle of the room; the blog tells them how to walk there. ” - Stacy L.
DOG STAR is the creation of a high school English teacher in New York City. This blog began in 2008 as an online community for a journalism class and has since evolved into a curated site on the creative arts, arts-related news and a guide to free and low-cost events for teens. Our mission is to offer teens real-life options for enjoying all the creative arts in New York City. May wisdom guide you and hope sustain you. The more you like art, the more art you like!
Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
PAY JUST $1 - Go See London & NYC Street Photography @ Museum of the City of New York - Bring your friends!
Dog Star is excited about Monet's Garden at the New York Botanical Garden (more here). When Claude Monet (more on his life here) earned enough money from selling paintings in Paris he moved to the countryside village of Giverny (about an hour away). On this property he built a large house for his large family (children, wife, mistress, servants) and began a 40-year project to landscape his fantasy garden. He designed the ponds, the pathways, and introduced the specific plants that would bring out different colors at different times of year. It all became the source for some of his most famous paintings. In the Bronx - at the Botanical Garden - they're doing quite a few things to bring Monet's garden to us: inside the large conservatory they've recreated the "impression" of the cottage house with a small pond and footbridge. They have also planted seasonal flowers that mimic what you would see in Giverny. They also have artifacts on view as well as two of Monet's paintings of the garden.
We strongly recommend taking the Metro North "Getaways" package from Grand Central Station - unless your family lives in the Bronx and owns a car. The train stop is BOTANICAL GARDEN and the price of the ticket includes the train and the admission to ALL of the garden. Watch the video below for easy directions on how to take Metro North from Grand Central to the Botanical Garden. Monet's home in Giverny was the center of the French and American Impressionist painter colony - read more about it here. For more information on Metro North Getaways go here.
A reader asks: Why do you sometimes post the same thing several times? Dog Star responds: Once it's posted readers may or may not get the chance to go see or do something. We want to re-post to remind everyone of a terrific exhibition or activity!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Dog Star knows this is one of the hottest annual Summer festivals each year - West 46th Street between 6th & 7th Avenue features live music, food booths and lots of real Brazilians and fellow New Yorkers celebrating Brazilian culture. Brazil Day (more here) starts at 10am and goes until 6pm - go early for food and live music!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Do you feel that your work is optimistic?
No, I don’t feel my work is optimistic. Each piece of work is a condensation of my life.
Dog Star says take your friends to the Whitney this Summer to see Yayoi Kusama's incredible art show! It's FREE for teens!
At the center of the art world in the 1960s, she came into contact with artists including Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Joseph Cornell and Claes Oldenburg, influencing many along the way. She has traded on her identity as an ‘outsider’ in many contexts - as a female artist in a male-dominated society, as a Japanese person in the Western art world, and as a victim of her own neurotic and obsessional symptoms. After achieving fame and notoriety with groundbreaking art happenings and events, she returned to her country of birth and is now Japan’s most prominent contemporary artist.
We will re-post this every two weeks until the exhibition closes to remind devoted readers to go see Kusama!