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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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!
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
I get it that's a reference to the Clippers players' actions before one of their games. This kind of message has the effect of trivializing the real mental and physical terror of a KKK action which is a far more serious threat to civil liberties than Sterling's stupidity (however degrading Sterling's words/conduct he didn't actually cause bodily harm or terrorize a family like the KKK).
I think it's too convenient to draw these comparisons, as if saying, "Donald Sterling is the modern KKK." Donald Sterling is not a proxy (or a stand in) for anything. He is a singular dumb ass who has a highly cultivated sense of racial superiority...Although now on further reflection that's something he has in common with the KKK!
What do you think about the cartoon's analogy?
RENZO PIANO's Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center, 1991–98.
The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, on the narrow Tinu Peninsula,
northeast of the historic centre of Nouméa, the capital of New
Caledonia, celebrates the vernacular Kanak culture, the indigenous
culture of New Caledonia, amidst much political controversy over the
independent status sought by the Kanaks from French colonial rule.
It opened in June 1998 and was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and named after Jean-Marie Tjibaou, the leader of the independence movement who was assassinated in 1989 and who had a vision of establishing a cultural center which blended the linguistic and artistic heritage of the Kanak people.The Kanak building traditions and the resources of modern international architecture were blended by Piano. The formal curved axial layout, 250 metres (820 ft) long on the top of the ridge, contains ten large conical cases or pavilions (all of different dimensions) patterned on the traditional Kanak Grand Hut design. The building is surrounded by landscaping which is also inspired by traditional Kanak design elements.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The Sterling Ban: 10 Takeaways from Adam Silver’s and Kevin Johnson’s Press Conferences (The Nation)
1. History is made. Donald Sterling, when he was growing up as Donnie Tokowitz in Boyle Heights, always wanted to be a big shot and now he is: the first major sports owner in the United States to ever be banned for life.
2. Audio/video is king in today’s media. The end of Donald Sterling did not come from years of racist behavior as a slumlord, the damning court documents about his behavior or the hearsay of others. It happened because people heard with their own words the man’s vile racism and—although much less commented upon—his deep misogyny. They were repelled and Sterling was toast.
3. Open, abject racism is bad for business. Sterling has been a racist for years but this audiotape has sponsors fleeing for the hills, players stewing with thoughts of rebellion and coaches calling for fan boycotts. Business as usual was not going to cut it. In what Michelle Alexander calls “the New Jim Crow in an age of color blindness,” being an old school, open racist is toxic.
Earlier this month, parents convinced Idaho's Meridian school district to ban Sherman Alexie's National Book Award-winning Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian over the objections of 350 students who signed a petition to keep it.
GO HERE FOR MORE ON THIS STORY
Monday, April 28, 2014
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The chapel's design looks remarkably similar in size and style to a smaller building on Johnson's estate property called "Da Monsta" in New Canaan, CT in which he creates a "living sculpture" - a work of art that one can walk into.
The Cathedral of Hope Interfaith Peace Chapel is world-renowned architect Philip Johnson's last building. Enjoying an amazingly long and celebrated career, Johnson died less than three months after completing the chapel's design sketches at the age of ninety-nine. The final design details and project documentation were developed in joint-venture by Johnson's firm Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects, award winning architect-of-record Cunningham Architects, and the Design Team from the Cathedral of Hope. Constructors & Associates, Dallas, has been selected as general contractor.
This chapel HAS BEEN BUILT - read a story about it here.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Dog Star is a huge fan of thsi French painter's work. We are lucky to live in NYC where there are many examples of his artwork on view in our museums.
(His name is pronounced on-ree two-lose luh-trek.)
Legendary painter HENRI TOULOUSE-LAUTREC stood only five feet tall but surely had a 20 foot swag!
He is described always as charismatic, engaging and fully tolerant of others. He was about having a good time.
Born into an aristocratic family, he suffered numerous ailments which accounts for his short legs (they never grew properly).
At age 18 he moves to Paris to enter an art school. A few years later
Vincent Van Gogh moves to Montmartre and they become close friends
(Henri was one of Vincent's few friends. Van Gogh acted irrationally and
had outbursts in public that angered shopkeepers and passersby and his
behavior got him pushed off streets where he was painting.)
Henri also visited London - which he loved - and became friends with Oscar Wilde, too!
He supported himself by doing commercial illustrations for the dance
halls and nightclubs in the Montmartre area but he also sold paintings.
He died at age 36 most likely from syphilis and alcoholism.
Read more here
Paintings shown below are currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at Fifth Avenue & 82nd Street. The museum is open SEVEN DAYS A WEEK and is FREE for high school students. Take the 4, 5, 6train to 86th Street & Lexington Avenue and walk west to Fifth Avenue. Text below the paintings is from the Met's website.
Woman before a Mirror (1897) in Gallery 802
In this work of 1897 a woman frankly confronts her reflection, as in Degas's many pictures of women dressing and bathing. Unlike Degas, however, Lautrec makes the brothel setting evident, whereas Degas left his settings ambiguous.
The Sofa (1894) in Gallery 817
An inveterate chronicler of the colorful and tawdry nightlife of fin-de-siècle Montmartre, Lautrec set out to document the lives of prostitutes in a series of pictures made between 1892 and 1896. In creating these uninhibited works, he seems to have been influenced by Degas's monotypes of brothel scenes and by erotic Japanese Shunga prints. Lautrec was no stranger to the world-weary "filles de maison" whose companionship he sought and whose habits he observed on his nightly rounds. Critical of stiff and lifeless models, he appreciated the naturalness of prostitutes "who stretch themselves out on the divans . . . entirely without pretensions." At first Lautrec made sketches in the brothels, but he was apparently hampered by insufficient lighting and had the prostitutes pose in his studio.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
From Ken Setterington's book on the Nazxi campaign against lesbians and gays:
"Before the rise of the Nazi party, Germany, especially Berlin, was one of the most tolerant places for homosexuals in the world. Activists such as Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein campaigned openly for the rights of gay men and women and tried to repeal the law against homosexuality. But that all changed when the Nazis came to power; existence for gay people became fear-filled. Raids, arrests, prison sentences and expulsions became the daily reality. When the concentration camps were built, homosexuals were imprisoned along with Jews and any other groups the Nazis wanted to suppress.
The pink triangle sewn onto prison uniforms became the symbol of the persecution of homosexuals, a persecution that would continue for many years after the war. A mix of historical research, first-person accounts and individual stories brings this time to life for young readers. Stories of bravery in the face of inhuman cruelty, friendship found in the depths of despair in the camps and the perseverance of the human spirit will educate and inspire."
READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
- Recently out NCAA basketball player Derrick Gordon, speaking on Michelangelo Signorile's SiriusXM show.
When it became imminent the Nazis would invade France, the Louvre leaped into action and moved artwork into vaults, cellars and even to secret locations outside the city (where Mona Lisa was sent). A statue storage!
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Great video - but do visit Japan Society to see the exhibition...Click here for Japan Society - which is in east Midtown: http://japansociety.org/page/programs/gallery
Admission is free to all on Friday nights, 6-9 pm.
Image above: Hiroshige's Matsushima in Oshu Province (1855)
This does not mean the Frick doesn't have room for special exhibitions; it has separate spaces for temporary little shows. We want devoted readers to visit the Frick to see these paintings in person - for yourself.
The descriptions of the paintings are taken from the museum's website.
Here is a photo of the West Gallery - imagine having this room in your home as your private art collection. It's just ONE of the rooms you will see at the Frick:
The Frick welcomes quiet and respectful teens who put away all electronics, check their coats and bags and enjoy this very special museum as if they are visiting a stranger's home. The Frick is open to ALL NEW YORKERS!
The Frick Collection (more here) is EASY TO REACH at 70th Street and Fifth Avenue - take the 6 train to 68th Street / Hunter College and walk over to 5th Avenue from Lexington & 68th. Admission for teens is $10 (students with valid identification). Dog Star says go early on Sundays and pay just $1! On Sundays, pay what you wish from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Learn more about the Frick family and origins of the collection and museum here. The museum was planned as a permanent art collection to be open to the public by its founder Henry Clay Frick!
Discover Chinese Art! Peacocks and Hollyhocks (Bian Lu, China, Yuan Dynasty, Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City. He was 87.
READ THE NEW YORK TIMES OBIT HERE
This excerpt from Super Friends Vol 1 #25 kind of summarizes what white feminism is. Nubia, is depicted as the long lost twin of Diana at one point but only ever appears when she is kidnapped by villains and needs to be saved/unbrainwashed. She stopped appearing in the 80s though, so I don’t know what happened there.
In this issue, Wonder Woman is seen trying to “liberate” women in a non-specific country somewhere on the African content. Wonder Woman tells the woman in this village in some non-specific place in Africa that the men see women as objects here (sure OK) and it is up to her, Diana, to “liberate” them. Under the temporary control of Overlord, Nubia comes down and is like “hey can you not” to Wonder Woman, hence this passage.
Look at the expressions on the faces of the women who Diana is supposedly “liberating” in response to Nubia saying “—Me! I am their Wonder Woman!”. One of them is even saying “Nubia! My Black sister!”. Given that and the facial expressions on their faces, it doesn’t look like their all too upset with Nubia interrupting Dianas attempt to “liberate” them, in fact I’d go as far as to say they are welcome to the interruption. They are cheering her on. Under evil influence or not, the women who Diana wants to “liberate” seem to welcoming Nubia essentially telling Diana to step back.
In the next two panels shes basically saying “you don’t know what’s going on here. I do. Don’t worry.”. She’s telling Diana you are not needed here, stop.
And how does Diana react? “No one speaks to me in that tone! I will dispose of you first—ex leader!” and then attacks Nubia. Diana doesn’t listen to Nubia who is being cheered on by the women she is claiming to want to help, she is instead attacking Nubia for telling her she doesn’t know the situation. Essentially Diana can not put her pride aside long enough to listen to Nubia and think for second “hey maybe I’m not needed” and instead starts further conflict. Diana doesn’t want to let go of control even when it is what is best for the situation when someone else has got it covered. She doesn’t want to listen. And I kind of think that in many ways parallels white feminism.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Oscar was 10 years old when his family moved from a small village in Columbia to London's East End (20 years ago it was like Williamsburg 20 years ago and is now like Wburg / Bushwick / Ridgewood - gentrified / gentrifying...)
Nobody spoke a word of English. His parents worked as office cleaners and factory workers. He did the same. He showed an early interest in art and enters art school. He got up at 5am to clean offices before art classes to pay his way.
In the early days of gentrifying East London he worked odd jobs for art galleries and met all kinds of people. He is encouraged and has an early supporter in one guy in particular who guides / manages him toward art success. His canvases now sell for $300,000 and up.
Now, 28 years old, and unfairly (for him) being labeled the 21st century Jean-Michel Basquiat, Oscar Murillo will have his first exhibition in NYC and it's gonna be HUGE...
Read this fantastic profile in The New York Times
Link to the David Zwirner Gallery here