Visual Arts

Art Exhibit Becomes A Card Catalog Of Life

by Brian Slattery | Feb 16, 2017 8:11 am | Comments (1)

Brian Slattery Photo From now until May 31, as you browse the shelves of the Institute Library on Chapel Street, you may find your eye drawn to a bloom of color along the library’s main thoroughfare. A pair of pen-and-ink drawings, one all serenely flowing shapes, the other frenetic activity. Other bright bursts of paint appear at the ends of the library’s stacks, like the last chocolate in the box.

Then, as if your eyes have adjusted to a new light, you start to see ways that the art and the library — one of the vibiest spaces in the city — merge, so that it’s hard to tell sometimes which things are part of the art exhibit and which are just features of the library itself. And that’s when the title of the exhibit — “Looking Then Reading” — suddenly makes sense.

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Artists Earn Their “Lunch Money”

by Lucy Gellman | Feb 14, 2017 7:51 am | Comments (7)

Lucy Gellman Photo On a plank of wood that almost looks soft, there’s a discarded quill, bent like a fern. Ink still wet and velvety at the tip. Beside it, the inkwell. Its mouth beckons, shallow cap flung open while the well of black liquid suggests there’s more inside. Beside them, a letter opener, and a sense that the table could go on forever.

It comes with a note. If you want to take it home and keep looking, you can — and not for the small fortune usually associated with buying art.

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Princesses Sainted And Satirized

by Allan Appel | Feb 10, 2017 8:04 am

Johan Zoffany Charlotte heard a child prodigy perform his music and was so profoundly impressed she commissioned six sonatas from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, eight years old. His father Leopold did the negotiating.

Caroline presided over a debate between Isaac Newton and Wilhelm Leibnitz as these stellar geniuses tackled nothing less than the nature of the universe and how Christianity fit into the cosmos.

And Augusta, mother of George III, was crucial in shaping the character of that rigid monarch, against whom we Americans successfully revolted in 1776.

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Lee Friedlander Captures The Conflict In Civil Rights

by Brian Slattery | Jan 25, 2017 3:09 pm | Comments (1)

Friedlander, Courtesy
Eakins Press Foundation It’s not just that we see what the photographer is seeing; the way the photograph is composed, we’re there, in his shoes. We’re in the midst of a crowd, people seated in rows of chairs. The women are all in dresses. The men are wearing suits. Most are wearing hats. Most of them seem to be paying attention to whatever’s in front of them.

But then, front and center in the photograph, is a kid in a Scout uniform. His arms are crossed. His brow is furrowed. His eyes pierce the camera’s lens.

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“Inauguration” Q: Can Art Change Minds?

by Allan Appel | Jan 20, 2017 8:05 am | Comments (11)

Allan Appel Photo Gallery PhotoToni Giammona’s uncle threatened to wear his “Make America Great Again” T-shirt to her art “Inauguration Nation” art opening in Westville this weekend. Until she talked to him.

Artist Giammona — whose dad Vincent was a New York City firefighter who died on 9/11 — has made her first-ever video installation titled “High Anxiety,” about the incoming Trump administration.

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“Art In The Back” Gets Gritty And Soulful

by Karen Ponzio | Jan 17, 2017 8:06 am

Halfway through Grit Rhythm’s set at Three Sheets, singer Matt Rhone introduced the next song as “a cover of a cover” and was answered by laughs, cheers, and an audience member shouting back “covers on covers on covers” — which was also answered by laughter. It was a rare moment of speaking on a cold snowy night dedicated to creative endeavors, in the week before the spring semester begins and before the president elect becomes the president in charge, and the weather once again gifted us with a reason to hide away from it all.

However, it was the second Saturday of the month, which means it was time for Three Sheets’s monthly series, “Art in the Back, Music in the Front,” which features the work of one, two, or several local visual artists in the back room of the bar — which also houses the pool table — and music from bands in the front stage area.

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