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Balla vs. Bacon

Both Giacomo Balla’s Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash and Francis Bacon’s Man With Dog are currently on view in Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery… 214 more words

San Diego

The art of fiber / the fiber of art (by Olga Norris)

Shiela Hicks with her work Pillar of Enquiry/Supple Column (from this review)

With some regret I will not be able to visit the exhibition… 751 more words

Art Ideas

Sophie Derrick: Exhilirating Expressionist Impasto Paintings

Sophie Derrick came up with a swirling, slathering, painterly style that can’t fail to impress. For one, they’re gorgeous. And then if you are the sort of person that can look enthralled at thick swatches of mixed paint – I am – Sophie takes the cake for rich impasto, some of it illusionistic, and some physical. 1,060 more words


A Brief Thought on Purported Poetry on WordPress

I have a visceral reaction to purported poetry with pictures: repulsion.

Sometimes I read these pieces but most of the time I don’t and of those that I read the overwhelming majority are not poetry but poetic expression and bad at that (the difference is distinct and explanation for another time). 642 more words


Krzysztof Krawiec

I remembered Krzysztof Krawiec, or “Oreks” after discovering Zdzisław Beksiński a few days ago. If you could read that sentence, you might be Polish. The nationality of the artists is probably significant in ways I don’t explicitly know about (political and sociological background), but Beksiński’s work reminded me of Krawiec, and then I discovered they were both Polish, and there’s virtually nothing in English about Krawiec online. 651 more words


National Portrait Gallery 11:11am

I often have conversations with people who don’t frequent museums nor read books. It happens; life will throw you all sorts of oddities, challenges, curve balls, people of all kind, all like you or unlike you in ways that only an astonishing conversation can reveal. 150 more words


The Cruciforms of Zdzisław Beksiński

Remarkably, I never heard of Zdzisław Beksiński until a few days ago. It probably doesn’t help that he’s Polish and his full name is impossible to read in English starting with the daunting three letters: Zdz. 835 more words