"I could have made that," is a common refrain overheard or expressed in contemporary art museums around the world. This short sentence expresses a lot at once: disbelief as to what counts as art in the museum, as well as disdain for it. Humor is there, but also clear disparaging of the work of the artists. It's also meant to make us feel better about ourselves, that we are actually accomplishing meaningful things in our lives compared to someone who just throws some blue paint on a canvas and calls it a day.
Well, Mr. Butterworth has done it yet again. After the success of his plays, “Jerusalem,” and “The River,” he has arguably written his greatest piece yet, which was brilliantly directed by Sam Mendes, known for his direction of the last two James Bond films.
If you made it past the title, congrats! You are on the journey of learning about racism, and all its subconscious context. As a cosplayer, I really enjoy it when artists take it upon themselves to humanize some of my favorite non-human characters.
In European art and literature, everything has a structure. A story has grammar, syntax, plot, characters, and setting. Paintings have colors, shapes, textures, techniques, and symbols. Part of this logical schema of the arts, is the concept of art coexisting with real life. Does life inspire art, or vice versa, or both, or neither?
Tribeca Film Festival keeps delivering a great selection of series and panel discussions, year after year, including women's stories, talks of diversity and inclusion.
If you asked Chappaqua, New York artist Diana van Nes where exactly the inspiration for a piece of her art came from, she might be at a loss. This means she must step back, and then retrace the process to some moment that deeply resonated. For example, a simple baseball cap unfurls into an American flag of mixed media art that symbolizes something other than the ideals it was intended to. "I think our society is overly dependent on status symbols to define who were are," she said. So a flag made of baseball cap logos epitomizes how we try to stand out, rather than standing up for things that matter. Thus Van Nes hopes her art can help show the way.
There has been a lot of buzz around the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Whitney Museum, and the reveal did not disappoint. A few weekends ago, my boyfriend and I went to visit the exhibit. We went on a Friday afternoon, and the museum was just the right amount of crowded, but one can assume it might not be as relaxing on a Saturday or Sunday. I love a good museum date. The Whitney has a great location, right next to the Highline and Standard Biergarten—where you can grab a drink or even some lunch at their restaurant, making it an ideal location for a date or day with a friend. The gallery has several balconies where visitors can step outside and take in the view. Since it was an unusually warm day in February, we decided to have lunch outside at the Standard Biergarten (the burger was amazing). Anyway, I’m getting a little away from the point. The price of adult admission is $25. It runs until March 31. I would recommend getting there before you miss it!
Disney's movies are something that many people around the world have grown up with. They recreate stories we've known for years, and introduce us to original characters we can't help but fall in love with. Regardless, whether we watch Disney movies as adults (and I know many of us do), the tales of our childhoods will always be stamped on our hearts.
I grew up in an incredibly artistic community. Thinking back, I remember the Red Barn fondly, a place my siblings, mum, and I would go for art gatherings, Shakespeare workshops, theatre, and band practice. In town, there were two artists I remember often visiting, and my excitement for seeing them. The one was cluttered with art supplies, bits of paint on old wooden surfaces, and unique cups filled with paint water and pencil shavings. An extra plus was her Pokemon card collection. The other artist's home was on the river, mini Canadian flags in the grassy lawn. Jack always ended up spending most of the visit at his easel. Sometimes, I would just stare at his brush, enjoying seeing him fill the bristles with paint, then lean back with a squint.
I originally started working for a business in 2015 that did custom action figures. I had a background my whole life with pen and ink, painting and some sculpting. I have always been great at arts and crafts, so I picked up the action figure creating really fast, in fact, I excelled way faster than expected! I parted ways with the owner, as we both had creative differences over styles. I couldn't make them how I wanted and had to paint just like he did. I moved to England in April 2016 while I was in the middle of my first custom, Ash Williams from the Evil Dead series.
So over the last few months, I have been on a real Tom Cruise kick. I have rewatched all the Mission Impossible films, Rain Man, War of the Worlds, Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky, and now Knight and Day. I remember watching the trailer for this film when it came out and it looked like a fun movie, but for some reason, it just slipped through the cracks until now. However, after watching it, I wasn't too upset that it took me this long to watch it because the one word I can use to describe this movie is "lazy".