George Bellows @ The Met.
George Bellows was an American artist who spent much of his (too short) life living in working in NYC. Much of that work was dedicated to chronicling the lower classes in Manhattan and beyond, and the results are at once astounding and haunting. This week is the last week to see a huge retrospective of his work at the Met. Go get your culture on.
“Knowledge was clearly the crucial foundation of the judgement to come. The second crucial component in the drama of criticism, the reagent that got you from the knowledge to the judgement, was taste, or sensibility.”
A critic’s manifesto.
[Art / Creativity / Inspiration]
I’ve gotta say - The New Yorker never fails to disappoint. Catching up on some reading over the weekend, I stumbled upon this gem on criticism. My favorite bit? The above quote.
This is your face on drugs: An artist explores creativity under the influence
Bryan Lewis Saunders took everything from Xanax to crystal meth before completing self-portraits. When asked about how perception of the drugs impacted the artwork, Saunders said,”Self-portraiture is biased in its very nature. The more informed the bias, the more interesting the image is, usually… If I was to attempt to render the same exact image on each different substance in essence denying what the drug means to me personally, the only thing I would be expressing were the degrees in which my motor skills, or visual processes were effected thus entirely undermining the purpose of doing a self-portrait in the first place.” Oh, and the portraits themselves are pretty rad.
The naked world of Spencer Tunick.
For 20 years, Tunick has been photographing large crowds of people in the nude. As Alan Taylor writes, “he aims to create an architecture of flesh, where the masses of human bodies blend with the landscape or juxtapose with architecture.” The Atlantic’s In Focus has pulled together 30+ of his most famous images. (Note: Potentially NSFW depending on how cool with nudity your work is.)
Source The Atlantic
Museum of Endangered Sounds.
SaveTheSounds is an online gallery of the sounds of yesterday - including your favorites like the AOL dial up sounds, Pac Man and more. As my friend Mark (who sent this to me) said, “it’s not necessarily nostalgia, but a recognition of things that are slipping away… even if we’re not sad to see them go.”
Tat-twos: Body art for two.
There’s a new body art trend in town: Tattoos that are only made whole with two people. Think of it as the modern day friendship necklace. I’m not particularly into needles so can’t say I’ll be sporting one in the near future, but interesting concept nonetheless.