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Lute Salute

Paul O'Dette, Lute, The Da Camera Society, Greystone Mansion — In virtually every Hollywood movie depicting Renaissance Lives of the Rich and Famous, there is a cliched banquet scene: servants replenish goblets with wine, ale or mead; courtiers, when not otherwise engaged in manhandling available wenches, stuff themselves with roasted meats and fresh fruit; then the royal host makes his routine announcement: "Let there be music, dancing and much merriment!" Whereupon the 17th Century is further evoked by the spirited playing of a harpsichord, a wooden cornetto and a recorder. Later, in private chambers, the mood of the mandatory love scene is always enhanced by the dulcet, romantic sound of a lute. Merriam-Webster defines … [Read more...]

Backyard Echo Park _ Quintet

Echo Park Flora and a Seat of ContemplationPlease Click to Enlarge … [Read more...]

Gob Squad and the Slow Vogue

Gob Squad, Creation (Pictures for Dorian), REDCAT, October 19, 2018  Watching The Gob Squad’s Creation (Pictures for Dorian) at REDCAT brought home to me the fact that you can get away with saying anything so long as you say it with a British accent. I’ll go even further—you can, in fact, do anything and seem up to the task and on top of things, so long as you drop a few word along the way in a British accent. Brits will get naked too, I learned at REDCAT, even when they’re older, and they’ll stand there, revolving slowly on an art-model dias, the flesh rippling around them, and manage to achieve a kind of elegance, a grace even, amidst the pillowing wreckage. I also learned how very, very avant-garde they are, … [Read more...]

Beyond Category

David Roussève: Halfway to Dawn, REDCAT, October 4, 2018 — Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington deserved his royal nickname. Throughout his fifty-year reign as America's premier composer/pianist/band leader and goodwill ambassador to the world, Ellington spoke and carried himself in a courtly, regal manner. He routinely used the "royal we" when acknowledging applause from his audiences--as in, "we love you madly"--and referred to himself, with amused and characteristic noblesse oblige, simply as "our pianist." He was charming and grandiose, elegant and hip. In truth, the princely Ellington's empire was actually quite small; it consisted of about fifteen loyal musicians, all with virtually lifetime jobs, and a retinue that … [Read more...]

One Man’s Treasure

Graffiti, A Movement: Judgements and Valuations — People have been distributing unsolicited art to unappreciative recipients since long before Sylvester Stallone left his “movie prop” on the stairs of the Philadelphia Art Museum, but it does seem to have become a trend these days. “The bronze Rocky statue, commissioned by Stallone himself, was originally placed atop the Art Museum steps, but it has been moved several times over the years because officials thought it was not art.” – ABC 6 (Philadelphia) This begs the question of course: what is art? What, indeed? An unappreciative or uninformed individual may simply not be aware of the value of this or that masterpiece and kick it summarily to the curb. Another may walk by, … [Read more...]

Heavenly Bodies_Part 3

Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Related Posts: Heavenly Bodies, Heavenly Bodies_Part 2 Please Click to Enlarge … [Read more...]

Heavenly Bodies _ Part 2

Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Related Posts: Heavenly Bodies, Heavenly Bodies_Part 3 Please Click to Enlarge … [Read more...]

Heavenly Bodies

Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Related Posts: Heavenly Bodies_Part 2, Heavenly Bodies_Part 3 There's a plague of sexual abuse being brought to light, again. Kirby Dick explored just one of these tragedies in his film of 2004, Twist of Faith. "A man confronts the trauma of past sexual abuse as a boy by a Catholic priest only to find his decision shatters his relationships with his family, community and faith." The cover up to these latest investigations is a perversity of ethos. Pope Francis, has now been exposed to having prior knowledge and his inactions are being brought to light not just in Pennsylvania and Ireland, but the world is watching him squirm and try to tap dance … [Read more...]

Art in the Age of Trump

Made in LA 2018, Biennial Exhibition, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles — 2018, the second year into Donald Trump’s presidency, also is the year for the current installment of the Hammer Museum’s sprawling “Made in L.A.” Biennial. As the Trump administration systematically obliterates the groundbreaking accomplishments of several of his predecessors, the exhibition features artists of all mediums who enlist their observations and explorations in the cause for maintaining—or restoring—progressive and critical thinking. Virtually every area of human and non-human activity that has been harmed by the present regime, including, but not exclusive to global politics and trade, climate change, women’s rights, racial discrimination, immigration … [Read more...]

Mud, Blood and Flood

Michael Curtiz: A Life In Film, by Alan K. Rode — Ask an average, eighteen-year old American to name a movie director and he or she might think of Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Tarantino or Tim Burton. That person's parents could name Coppola, Eastwood, Scorsese and Woody Allen. Their grandparents would surely remember Hitchcock and Welles, perhaps Ford, and Kubrick. Film school attendees are conversant with the with the work of David Lynch, Spike Lee, Peter Jackson, Kathryn Bigelow, the Coen brothers and the two Andersons, Paul Thomas and Wes. After a couple of semesters, they'll know all about Hawks and Huston, Lean and Lang, Wilder and Wyler, Fellini and Fincher, Chaplin and Cukor, Ida Lupino and Agnes Varda. There is one director, … [Read more...]