Archive for the ‘Art’ Category
A before and after shot of Joplin, Missouri after a massive tornado on May 22.
Christians protect Muslims during prayer in Cairo, Egypt.
A boy looks at a figure of Steve Jobs next to flowers laid in his tribute at an Apple store in Hong Kong, China.
Listening to Adele’s 21 album, arguably one of the best albums of the year, while taking a short study break and perusing photos.
1) Rothko was deeply influenced by color theories first developed in the 17th & 18th centuries; 2) His paintings were quite large in size, and were meant to be viewed “up close and personal”; 3) It was Rothko’s intention that viewers have a sensory experience with his paintings.
White Center (Yellow Pink and Lavender on Rose), 1950 *Formerly owned by Rockefeller, this painting recently sold for $72.8 million!
Yesterday October 22, 2011 marked the 200th birthday of classical pianist Franz Liszt. Though he rarely appears on “top ten” lists for his classical compositions, Listz is famous for his animated performing style, captivating stage presence, and for “revolutionizing the art of performance.”
“Before Liszt, it was considered almost in bad taste to play from memory,” Hough explains. “Chopin once chided a student: It looked almost arrogant, as if you were pretending that the piece you were playing was by you. Liszt saw that playing the piano, especially for a whole evening in front of an audience, it was a theatrical event that needed not just musical things happening but physical things on the stage.”
Liszt deliberately placed the piano in profile to the audience so they could see his face. He’d whip his head around while he played, his long hair flying, beads of sweat shooting into the crowd. He was the first performer to stride out from the wings of the concert hall to take his seat at the piano. Everything we recognize about the modern piano recital — think Keith Jarrett, Glenn Gould, Tori Amos or Elton John — Liszt did first. Even the name “recital” was his invention.
Maybe that’s why NPR dubbed him the world’s first rock star. According to historians, women would fight over torn bits of his clothes, locks of his hair, and broken strings of his piano. Supposedly, women would even fight for the leftover butts of his cigars and place them in their cleavage; he was that much of a rock star.
My favorite facts about Liszt that I learned from the “All Things Considered” radio special are: (1) the fact that the structure of the piano actually changed in response to his heavy-handed performing style, so that the piano became a stronger instrument, and (2) the fact that Phoenix’s song “Lisztomania” is about their appreciation of Liszt. I was singing an ode to him this entire time and I didn’t even know it.
Wow, the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is disturbing, beautiful, and surrealist. The exhibition is guided by somber music and gilded mirrored walls. The hologram of Kate Moss is especially moving.
The Project of a Lifetime.
One of my good, good friends asked me to help her spruce up an empty area in her large, sunny bedroom in LA. When you don’t live in a small city or in a cramped college town, there is a lot more space that the renter needs to fill. Her guidelines were a mirror, a sitting area and some wall art. Below is the first, simple design board that I created for her. Both the bench and the mirror are from Home Depot. Another friend owns the mirror and it is gorgeous and fairly big. It would look great hung up horizontally above the bench. I also found this mirror from Craigslist, which I think would look great spray-painted gold like the mirror in the Lonny bedroom. Top it off with two black and white framed photographs and I think you have a nook!
P.S. Lots of frame shops in NYC sell fairly cheap gilded mirrors, which would also help to recreate this look.