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Comment Archives: stories: Arts and Culture: Art

Re: “The first First Saturday of 2014 tells a tale of two galleries, two scenes

Thanks, Tony! Damn. Bad news. Stay safe and warm and get back to us soon! Lucked out in Detroit, had a white Christmas but no delays.

Posted by Joe Nolan on 01/03/2014 at 1:10 PM

Re: “The first First Saturday of 2014 tells a tale of two galleries, two scenes

Great overview! I wish I could be there. Superstorm Hercules put a dent in our plans to fly out of New York City today. All the flights seem to be booked for the next three days. :-(

Posted by Tony Youngblood on 01/03/2014 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Welcome to OZ Nashville, the space that could galvanize the local arts scene

I've been there for an event and it's an interesting place. It's definately out of the way and in a non-descript location you probably wouldn't expect but it's definately a hidden gem. I look forward to what they will be offering in the future.

Posted by Chris Allen on 11/26/2013 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Make a date with a composite sketch artist at Cheekwood

Ha, that's totally my uncle.
Lots of love from Michigan!

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Posted by Nathan Auyer on 09/20/2013 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Make a date with a composite sketch artist at Cheekwood

The drawings are being displayed in the main gallery on the empty wall behind the desk. This is one interactive element in a show with many. It's an interesting opportunity to examine both the peculiar and particular forensic art of composite drawing and
the role that memory plays in our idealized expectations of romantic love.

Posted by Joe Nolan on 09/20/2013 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Make a date with a composite sketch artist at Cheekwood

Totally free. Do it!

Posted by AbbyW on 09/19/2013 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Make a date with a composite sketch artist at Cheekwood

It's all free, BUT you will be on display as part of the exhibit while you are doing it! I'm doing it this Friday afternoon and I can't wait.

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Posted by Ward Dukes on 09/19/2013 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Make a date with a composite sketch artist at Cheekwood

is there any cost for this? it sounds so interesting and explorative

Posted by Julie Wilson on 09/19/2013 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Make a date with a composite sketch artist at Cheekwood

Wow, this sounds fascinating!

Posted by Penni Krider on 09/19/2013 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Remembering Don Evans, artist, professor and creative catalyst, for whom the big bang was not a theory

Don's insanity kept me sane during the early 1970's when I was an engineering student at VU. He was my friend. Vince Schmidt, Louisville KY.

Posted by Chester Buddy on 09/10/2013 at 1:07 PM

Re: “If you thought Avatar was a good movie, you'll probably love Light

Curators and critics are imagined to have innate insightfulness, cultivated sensibilities, and special training that allows them to make judgments on everyone’s behalf. But what special credentials entitle curators and critics of contemporary art to ply their decisions? Contemporary art, by definition, has not withstood the test of time. Yet curators and critics possess an institutional authority that is constructed to seem impregnable. These art professionals do recognize the moral, ethical, and practical necessities of presenting what they believe to be authentic objects and factual information. But the tenor of their presumptions raises serious questions about the perceived role of curators and critics in our society.

Because of this, I thought it would be appropriate, and even necessary, to present a brief art historical examination of Munro’s work. I often find the art of contemporaneity more easily understandable in the context of the history of art. Generally speaking, there is, I think, confusion over the status of contemporaneity as theoretical determinant and contemporaneity as social effect. If we remember to heed this confusion when evaluating contemporary art, it would be greatly beneficial to us.

As I have previously noted, only time determines what remains important –canonical– and what will quietly fade. Therefore, comprehending the history of art is an essential prerequisite to coping with its present, and productively imagining its futures.

Although Munro’s work responds to many art historical movements and theories, I find him most closely affiliated with the Light and Space art movement of the 1960s. Related to op art, minimalism and geometric abstraction, Munro’s work focuses on perceptual phenomena, such as light, volume and scale. Munro employs materials such as glass, neon, fluorescent lights, resin and cast acrylic to form installations conditioned by the work’s surroundings. Essentially, the spectator’s experience of light and other sensory phenomena is the main focus of these kinds of works.

This method of art-making dematerializes the art object. Because this art is often less centered around the ideological and more on the perceptual, it is easy to write off as “kitsch” or “bad art”, but this is naïve. Just as immaterial as mind-boggling conceptual art, Munro’s environments intensify sensory awareness and heighten the experience of nature itself in the form of light. This heightened experience of nature is precisely why I believe art exists and why LIGHT at Cheekwood is good art.

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Posted by JamesTurrell on 06/19/2013 at 4:04 PM

Re: “The Frist's delightful Sensuous Steel exhibit isn't just another car show

This sounds like a must-see. Thanks for turning us on to this show.

Posted by Julian on 06/13/2013 at 6:43 AM

Re: “Makeover complete, the new 5th Avenue of the Arts is ready for its close-up

Werd. Thanks for reading, Tony!

Posted by Joe Nolan on 05/30/2013 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Makeover complete, the new 5th Avenue of the Arts is ready for its close-up

This looks to be a can't-miss crawl. Great article, Joe!

Wrestler/musician Jocephus Brody is curating a new music series at The Space Gallery during every First Saturday crawl, beginning this Saturday with Textbook Punk (Chris Murray of Square People).

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Posted by Tony Youngblood on 05/30/2013 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Remembering Don Evans, artist, professor and creative catalyst, for whom the big bang was not a theory

Looks like he was a great Artist.......who left his Legacy behind for others to follow.....

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Posted by Anonymous on 05/20/2013 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Remembering Don Evans, artist, professor and creative catalyst, for whom the big bang was not a theory

So long Don. Your creative energy and encouragement were inspirational to me.
-will
class of '89

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Posted by William Linn on 05/17/2013 at 11:28 PM
Posted by Jeanne Henry on 05/16/2013 at 11:43 AM

Re: “John Scarpati's photos from L.A.'s punk and glam heyday come to Bongo Java

The depiction of crossroad of the worlds above is spot on!
Now picture me headed in with a box full of receipts to see Keith Clark
raise the anti with a stop by Smalls on the way home, and a lean over the bar to ask Keith Morris for a Negroni
Yup – that's Hollywood! \,,/ ( > < ) \,,/

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Posted by John Scarpati on 05/10/2013 at 7:47 PM

Re: “John Scarpati's photos from L.A.'s punk and glam heyday come to Bongo Java

it's an intriguing and accurate capture of the creative being that IS Scarpati...
one quibble: Crossroads of the World was a very retro office compound. for years, music managers, accountants and various "service" providers were based there
...and it literally looked like a ride rejected by Disney for being a little too shabby, a little too kitsch, which only made me love it more!
viva that iconic portrait of the Cramps & long live the Screaming Sirens --

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Posted by lover of the arts on 05/10/2013 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Rachel Owens gets her war on with a dual display about the environment, consumption and fighting for oil

That's optimism you're smelling, and a belief in the boundless human imagination.

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Posted by Joe Nolan on 04/04/2013 at 6:29 PM

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