March 17, 2013
The fine folk at Frisch have given me the opportunity to hang some artwork in their restaurant. It looks damn nice, I’ve got to say.
Frisch is a Vegetarian and Vegan restaurant that serves very tasty food. I’ve been vegetarian for a number of years now, and it is always nice to find a restaurant that serves great vegetarian food. I love food that is good and spicy, and I’m always on the lookout for Jamaican Jerk, so its easy for me to recommend Frisch’s “Fancy Boy”.
Stop in, get some treats, and check out some artwork.
Frisch Compassionate Eatery
779 South 500 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
March 15, 2013
Be sure to stop into the Urban Arts Gallery at the Gateway to see some great artwork, and to see the Fourteenth Ward perform! A great way to spend the evening
March 10, 2013
“Woman with Bird” by Kiki Smith, 2003
Anna has written about Kiki Smith here before, but I have found myself looking at Kiki’s work quite a bit this last week or two.
I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t been able to write a proper blog post, but I wanted to at least upload the great drawing above. I really love the layering and texture
March 3, 2013
“Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2″ by Duchamp, 1912
If you have an interest in early 20th Century art or follow art history news you probably know that we just passed the 100 year anniversary of the 1913 Armory Show, a.k.a. 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art. It is called the Armory show because the exhibit was first held in the U.S. Coast Guard armories in New York, although it later traveled to Chicago and Boston.
The 1913 Armory Show was really the first large scale exhibit of Modern Art in America. Although there were a number of Americans who had their work included in the show, it was probably the first time most attendees were introduced to the new artwork being created in Europe. Artists like Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Cezanne, Duchamp, Gauguin, Leger, Hopper, Bellows, Goya, Seurat, Derain, Van Gogh… and so many others as well, with more than 300 artists.
“Portrait of Mlle Pogany” by Brancusi, 1912
This show was a powerhouse, and it must have been so impressive to see. Without a doubt, it changed the artistic style of many American artists and the direction of American art.
100 years ago… I would love to have been there.
nytimes.com | Armory Show
“The Blue Nude” by Henri Matisse, 1907
February 24, 2013
There is a new gallery at the Gateway that everyone should stop in and visit. Last weekend was the grand opening of the new Urban Arts Galley, and I am very impressed. It is a very nice and large space showcasing a number of different artists, and currently featuring the artwork of Jimmi Toro. A lot of very nice work! You’ll also find a boutique selling all sorts of local handmade stuffz.
There are also a number of events planned for the space, including dance performances, CONNECT, Gallery Stroll, and the Urban Arts Festival. Checkity-check!
February 17, 2013
“Bird of Prey” by Todd Powelson
Here is another piece I finished a little earlier this week. I drew most of this using Adobe Ideas, but finished up in Illustrator.
Birds in general are the best, but birds of prey always grab my attention. They are a treat to come across, and it was fun to draw this one.
February 15, 2013
(I feel old today…)
That is no country for old men. The young
In one another’s arms, birds in the trees
—Those dying generations—at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unageing intellect.
An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.
O sages standing in God’s holy fire
As in the gold mosaic of a wall,
Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,
And be the singing-masters of my soul.
Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity.
Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing,
But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enamelling
To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;
Or set upon a golden bough to sing
To lords and ladies of Byzantium
Of what is past, or passing, or to come.
by W. B. Yeats
February 10, 2013
I love primitive artwork. As a matter of fact, I’m kind of obsessed with it. Of course, it is a connection with the past, and while looking at it I can almost travel back in time and be reminded how it felt to live in the animal past.
I read a couple of articles this week about how new carbon-dating has shown Germany’s “Lion Man” to be among the oldest known pieces of figurative art. I am used to hearing about the ancient “Venus” fertility sculptures, which are also beautiful and very old, and was told they were the oldest known carvings. But I guess there were human / lion hybrid being carved at the same time as the oldest Venus.
I am fascinated by the anthropomorphic hybrid. Always have been. These imaginative representations have appeared in the most ancient artwork of every civilization. The Lion Man reminds me that these hybrid images and sculptures have inspired human beings for tens-of-thousands of years. Long before any known civilization. I don’t know why that fascinates and inspires me so much, but it really does!
news.sudanvisiondaily.com | Lion Man
online.wsj.com | Powerful Images from a Primitive Age
February 8, 2013
I’m kind of on a Minotaur kick, which happens to me sometimes, so today I am going to post a few images of Picasso’s Blind Minotaur.
February 4, 2013
Here it is, once again. Picasso’s “Minotauromachy”. I love this picture so much!