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Artist Evangelizes For Encaustic

by Allan Appel | Jun 13, 2017 11:57 am

Allan Appel Photo You can paint with encaustic. You can sculpt with it and layer it. You can heat it so it’s like a molasses smoothy or heat it a little more so it can flow like water. When you add pigment, the colors are vivid. It shines up so it’s translucent, and it endures. The faces on Egyptian mummies still glow with it. Still, very few major artists in the last decades have used the technique.

That’s all about to change if it’s up to Ruth Sack.

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No Need For Narrative At YCBA

by Lucy Gellman | Jun 8, 2017 12:02 pm

YCBA Photos A stork dips its long beak into a deep green shell, dislodging something soft-bodied and gray that it’s going to eat for dinner. Just a stone’s throw away, an elaborate miniature of the Taj Mahal beckons from its glass case. In the next room, wild flowers bloom from a woman’s wide left eye, criss-crossing her face in a sort of floral map.

The three — all different media, which seemingly have nothing to do with each other — are brought together in “A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions, the latest exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA). Planned in conjunction with the YCBA’s 40th anniversary, the exhibition highlights some of the past decade’s greatest hits, honoring donors while also feting purchases that the curators have pursued and made.

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Summer Cabaret Makes A Splash With “Canon Balle”

by Donald Brown | Jun 1, 2017 10:16 am

“A classic,” Mark Twain once said, “is something that everyone wants to have read and nobody wants to read.” We assume we already know what the work says and don’t want to bother with it. But in the theater, a classic work simply won’t go away. It gets done again and again, in a kind of afterlife of endless revival. But why?

Rory Pelsue and Shadi Ghaheri, the artistic directors of this year’s Yale Summer Cabaret and both rising third-year directors at the Yale School of Drama, have devised a summer season that examines the status of theater classics. The season runs from June 2 to August 13 and is called “Canon Balle.” It celebrates classics, but may also be considered an offensive against those who want their classics untouched by contemporary interests. Think, for starters, Antony and Cleopatra in drag.

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