The Artist Project

a treasure…

“Ever since it was founded in 1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been a place where artists come to gain inspiration from works of art from their own time and place, and also from across time and cultures.

The Artist Project is an online series in which we give artists an opportunity to respond to our encyclopedic collection.

Beginning March 2015, for one year, we will invite 100 artists—local, national, and global—to choose individual works of art or galleries that spark their imaginations. In this online series, artists reflect on what art is, what inspires them from across 5,000 years of art, and in so doing, they reveal the power of a museum and The Met. Their unique and passionate ways of seeing and experiencing art encourage all museum visitors to look in a personal way.”

Here’s the link to one of my favorites: Natalie Frank on Kathe Kollwitz

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Searching for Sugarman – directed by Malik Bendjelloul

Speaking of movies that are surprising, affirming, and a wonderful look into a creativity-motioned life, Searching for Sugarman, a documentary.

Here’s the trailer…

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Waking Life, a film by Richard Linklater

This is a visual, auditory, philosophical and dreamer feast… the full movie plays here:


Waking Life by tvxorissinora

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Hung Liu

I’ve been gone. Painter Hung Liu brings me back

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Guido Galletti’s Christ of the Abyss

underwater jesus

Do double click…and see the starfish.

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Mariza!

I’m so in love…

and

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Brain Pickings

Have I told you about Brain Pickings?

One of my weekly delights is getting the weekly email from Maria Papova’s Brain Pickings blog.

Here’s a brief intro, from the TED blog. (This link also give yous M.Popova’s summer 2013 book list.)

Maria Popova is the editor of BrainPickings.org. Her curation philosophy: “Virginia Woolf wrote on the mesmerism of books. ‘I feel…as though the physical stuff of my brain were expanding, larger and larger, throbbing quicker and quicker with new blood — and there is no more delicious sensation than this.’ Gathered here are books to make both hemispheres throb.”

Read anything on her blog that you particularly like? Let’s discuss it here!

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Seeing the Underside and Seeing God: Nadia Bolz-Weber with Krista Tippett at the Wild Goose Festival

This is good (moving, funny, enlightening) all the way to the end…and I suspect, beyond

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Art is … a holding and an investigation

I’ve been thinking about both these aspects of the making and receiving of art.

Then I ran across this by Joyce Carol Oates in her preface to The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction, “All forms of art are generated by the wish to make of the perishable something imperishable and of the merely finite and local something that might be called ‘universal’…”

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Louise Erdrich

LOUISE ERDRICH

makes me smile and smile

as does this article by her, on language, life and writing http://www.nytimes.com/library/books/052200erdrich-writing.html

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