Art and the Future of Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go players have fallen off a cliff, crashed their cars, and jumped into traffic. They have been robbed. Someone saw his house invaded by players who were told it was an open meeting place to train and fight. In Continue reading Art and the Future of Pokémon Go

My Memory of a Time and Place Where I Never Was

La Goule simultaneously fascinated and excited the patrons in Aristide Bruant‘s decadent, famous Paris cabaret, Le Mirliton, as portrayed in the newly rediscovered L’intérieur de chez Bruant: Le Mirliton I saw at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.   I Continue reading My Memory of a Time and Place Where I Never Was

Art is What Artists Do

“..it is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits…” Aristotle Nicomachaen Ethics, translated W.D. Ross What is art? I have no idea, Continue reading Art is What Artists Do

Understanding Art is Difficult: A Picture is Not Worth a Thousand Words

Seeing this in a museum what would you think it was?   Seeing it while driving, you would immediately watch for an intersection ahead. If you never saw a car in your life, you would not be even able guess what Continue reading Understanding Art is Difficult: A Picture is Not Worth a Thousand Words

Why I Hate Most Art Criticism: Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt Testament and Music

“Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions…” David Hume, A Treatise on Human Nature Emotions first, cognition second is the best way to perceive art, even contemporary art. We feel independently from the way we Continue reading Why I Hate Most Art Criticism: Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt Testament and Music

An Artistic Experiment in Time Travel

Can art be experienced again as revolutionary? Can we travel back in time to see art as it was initially experienced? Two experiences, one accidental, one deliberate, suggest it can. One of the great shocking moments in classical music is Continue reading An Artistic Experiment in Time Travel

The Digitization of Eternity: Humans Grow Old and Die, Should Not Art?

Can technology preserve artworks without changing them? Rothko painted five murals in 1962 for a room on the 10th floor of Harvard’s Holyoke Center. Sunlight and the chemically unstable paints used, caused the paintings to fade. The murals were put Continue reading The Digitization of Eternity: Humans Grow Old and Die, Should Not Art?

What is Artistic Truth?

Picasso stated that art is a lie, and artistic truth is getting people to understand the truths of those lies. More than the visual or musical arts, film illustrates this principle most dramatically. Faster than the brain can process, visual Continue reading What is Artistic Truth?