“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.”
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!
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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