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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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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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!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dog Star Selects Ray Yoshida's Museum of Extraordinary Values



Discover Ray Yoshida's personal art object collection.

Few would argue against increasing one's verbal vocabulary. But what about increasing visual vocabulary?

Consider the idea of the artist’s visual vocabulary–those elements that comprise a language of imagery. What if we aimed to stretch our ability to receive the messages conveyed through the images found in everyday surroundings. Here's a proposition:  the more one observes, the more one is able to discover, interpret, and by extension, create.

Ray Yoshida (1930–2009) taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for nearly four decades and had an indelible influence on generations of artists, including the Chicago Imagists.

With his guidance, students learned to look beyond the confines of Western art, to explore source material that would propel their work into something unique to their experience.

Following his death in 2009, the Arts Center received Yoshida’s entire home collection of more than 2,600 objects and works of art. RAY YOSHIDA’S MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY VALUES presents, for the very first time, the entirety of his finds.

The contents of his Chicago apartment at 1944 Wood Street have been sectioned into nine tableaux that are based on site visits, interviews, and photographs made during his life as well as after his death.

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