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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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.
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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, November 30, 2012
Dog Star admires F.D.R. and knows he is an important man during the Great Depression and at the start of World War II. He is also the former governor of New York State. His family's estate north of New York City - Hyde Park - is open to the public and a great way to spend a Summer or Autumn Saturday with your family. Of course, F.D.R.'s wife - Eleanor Roosevelt - is also an important figure and she had a huge role in drafting the Universal Human Rights delivered at the United Nations.
It's been 40 years since New York has been planning a memorial park for 32nd President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the east end of Roosevelt island. Originally designed by Louis Kahn in 1974, New York's almost bankrupt economy put the project on hold until the release of the documentary "My Architect" when enough support was fostered to fund the completion of the project carried out by local firm Mitchell Giurgola Architects.
The triangular site of the 'FDR Four Freedoms Park' funnels visitors along a white granite plinth lined in linden trees to an open-air courtyard, at the entrance to which is thick block with a 28-inch bronze bust of FDR's head, sculpted by Jo Davidson, facing the united nations headquarters only 300 meters away. On the backside, the four freedoms speech is engraved as a symbol of the president's legacy to the building blocks of contemporary democratic principles. The project is planned to expand in the future, transforming a 19th-century small pox hospital to an auxiliary visitor center. The park is now open to the public.
Read more about F.D.R. here.
Go here for directions to the Four Freedoms Park!
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is an enduring tribute to the life and work of President Roosevelt. In the late 1960s, during a period of national urban renewal, New York City Mayor John Lindsay proposed to reinvent Roosevelt Island (then called Welfare Island) into a vibrant, residential community. The New York Times championed renaming the island for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and constructing a memorial to him, remarking: "It has long seemed to us that an ideal place for a memorial to FDR would be on Welfare Island, which...could be easily renamed in his honor... It would face the sea he loved, the Atlantic he bridged, the Europe he helped to save, the United Nations he inspired."
FDR's Famous Speech on The Four Freedoms On January 6, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech that shaped this nation, now known as the Four Freedoms speech. He looked forward to a world founded on four human freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Today, by building Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, we have the opportunity to honor this man and these essential freedoms.
Dog Star is excited about this giant Warhol exhibition now open at the Metropolitan Museum. Called "Regarding Warhol," it investigates the premise that Warhol has influenced younger artists. From the museum website: Commentators on contemporary art have often claimed that Warhol is the most influential artist of the last half-century. No exhibition, however, has truly examined that assertion in depth. The exhibition is built around five broad themes ranging from vernacular subject matter to celebrity portraiture to issues of sexual identity. The presentation will include approximately 150 works of art in a broad range of media across five decades. A quarter of the selected works are by Warhol, and they will be juxtaposed with key examples by some sixty leading contemporary artists. The show will be arranged as a series of thematic vignettes, not simply to demonstrate Warhol's overt influence, but to suggest how artists both worked in parallel modes and developed his model in dynamic new directions.
What's most interesting about this exhibition is that they will display Warhol's work alongside the artwork of other artists to show connections and influences. It will be a great opportunity to add to your art education by seeing these works together for the first time.
The Metropolitan Museum is EASY TO REACH at 82nd Street & Fifth Avenue and is ALWAYS $1 FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS - Easy directions: take 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street & Lexington Avenue and walk west to Fifth Avenue. Walk up the cashier desk, hand a one dollar bill and say, "One, please." You will be given a metal button to put on your shirt or jacket to wear while inside the museum. On view until December 31, 2012.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
No stranger to controversy, British artist Damien Hirst has a particular knack of creating a scene. His latest ‘scene’ is a gigantic 20-metre tall bronze statue called Verity that now towers over a sleepy English seaside town. With her pregnant womb exposed, the skeletal, sword-wielding Verity has not surprisingly ruffled feathers, with residents in the north Devon town of Ilfracombe not exactly welcoming Hirst’s 20-year loan ‘gift’. Go here for more great pics!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
100 Notable Books of 2012
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Marissa Page is a junior at University of Chicago Lab. She’s a student reporter for The Mash, a weekly teen publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools.
High school is a stressful, tumultuous and, most of all, incredibly formative time. As our work and social lives grow increasingly hectic, it’s important to remind ourselves to slow down and relax. Reading is an excellent way to do this. At this critical age, absorbing good literature will help us understand our world, and developing a love of reading will benefit us no matter where we go to college or what career path we choose in the future.
Here’s my list of five books every high schooler should read, as they’ve taught me, made me laugh or cry and, most of all, made me who I am today.
1. “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger
Initially, I found Holden Caulfield, the novel’s teen protagonist, to be obnoxious and irritating. If at first you dislike Salinger’s excessively colloquial tone and bizarre symbolism, try reading some of his other works and then return to this classic. Salinger’s writing, particularly in “The Catcher in the Rye,” is confusing and contradictory. His tone does an amazing job of encapsulating the teenage condition into one character. Every teen has something in common with Holden Caulfield, as he represents the quintessential struggle teenagers face in coming of age.
2. “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World” by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Chock full of puns and music, this six-part graphic novel series is easily the quickest, and possibly the most fun, read I’ve ever encountered. Great for both bookworms and non-readers, the Scott Pilgrim novels (and the movie) are hilarious and, at times, very thought-provoking. The characters make this story—from earnest, sweet Scott, to joke-cracking, flamboyant Wallace Wells, to enigmatic Ramona, Scott’s love interest—they span the personality spectrum, which makes the dialogue intriguing and realistic.
3. "Anything" by David Sedaris
Nothing makes me feel better after a long day of school than laughing my butt off at David Sedaris’ wacky stories. His sense of humor is funny and often outlandish, but almost always tasteful. If you’re new to Sedaris’ work, check out “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Holidays on Ice.”
4. “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut
This brilliantly written book is simultaneously satirical, fantastical and insightful. Vonnegut’s conversational but thoughtful tone inspires the reader to ask big life questions, such as “What is time?” or “Is my perception of reality totally wrong?” And he does this without burying the answers beneath bizarre, inaccessible metaphors. He writes for any audience, and each time you reread this or any of his other novels, you find entirely new ways to interpret his musings.
5. “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque
This book is both emotionally and intellectually challenging, but so rewarding. The language is gorgeous and fluid, but Remarque usually employs his poetic style to describe harrowing attacks, deaths and illnesses during World War I. This novel places students in the minds of soldiers, who see famous battles as not just another tick in a timeline, but rather, very real, very scary experiences. Centered on a 19-year-old soldier, “All Quiet on the Western Front” makes modern-day teenagers, who are prone to being entirely self-contained, aware of the privileges in their lives.
Dog Star likes these kinds of exhibitions because they teach us about the real connections between cultures. In this case, the Met's new exhibition "African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde" shows how African artifacts and objects influenced the ways modern artists made their paintings and sculptures. We have heard people say "modern artists stole from African art" and "African artists were doing 'modern art' before Picasso and others." These are misguided statements because they make some faulty assumptions. Let's take a look at these assumptions and the truths behind them:
African artists were NOT doing 'modern art' before Picasso and others. Modern art is a term invented by European art critics and art historians. No artist ever called himself or herself a 'modern artist.' No African artisan who created masks, sculptures, pottery or totems was ever creating what we call "art." So it is impossible to label any African art or artisan as "modern art" or as a "modern artist."
It is important to understand that African cultural objects are ALWAYS intended to be used in an active role in a ceremony. Art objects (paintings, sculptures, tapestries, pottery) are solely intended to be appreciated, studied and admired for their artistic qualities. So this is an important distinction. Members of an African tribe were not called "artists" in the way makers of art objects in Europe and America (referred to as "Western") are called artists. In fact very often it isn't even known who made an object such as a mask because that kind of "authorship" or claim to artistic ownership is a Western concept. A member of an African tribe was trained and worked his entire life to make masks for certain ceremonies. He didn't "sign" the back of the mask so others know he takes credit for it. It is only in the very late 19th century when ethnographers and other colonial "explorers" visited tribes that actual people could be identified as the maker of an African object.
Now, when African OBJECTS began to arrive in Europe and were put on display so that the general public could see them, people began to see artistic qualities to copy in their own art. Paul Guillaume is a famous Paris art gallery owner who collected an extensive African mask and sculpture collection. Picasso and all his friends saw Paul's collection, bought objects from him and shared them with visitors and friends. There IS a direct connection between the directions of modern art and the African influence but it is one of inspiration - or artistic borrowing / stealing - not a failure to credit African tribes for inventing modern art. If you want to learn more read the article below by Carol Kino (from the New York Times) and definitely make a point of visiting the Met Museum exhibition from November 27-April 14, 2013.
The Metropolitan Museum is EASY TO REACH at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street - Take the 4, 5, or 6 trains to 86th Street & Lexington Avenue, then walk west to Fifth Avenue and then south to the Met Museum on the right hand side. Access tip: Walk a bit past the grand staircase in front of the museum to a street level entrance where the lines for entry, coat check and admission are much shorter. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS get in FREE with high school I.D. card and get a free Audio Guide - simply ask for it at the Admissions Desk.
When Artifact ‘Became’ Art
By CAROL KINO
Back in New York, de Zayas persuaded Stieglitz to mount the African art survey. In 1915, de Zayas opened his own gallery, where he built the collections of the Dada salonistes Walter and Louise Arensberg; the lawyer John Quinn, a major backer of the Armory Show; and Agnes E. and Eugene Meyer, who had previously been Stieglitz’s patrons.
De Zayas went on to curate exhibitions for Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney at the Whitney Studio Club, the precursor to the Whitney Museum, the first of which was “Recent Paintings by Pablo Picasso and Negro Sculpture” in 1923.