Baudelaire and Dickinson: Religion for Moderns

Where do we find spirituality in a world without absolutes? Charles Baudelaire and Emily Dickinson offer two alternative paths. Let us compare two poems written about the same subject – a clock. Baudelaire anthropomorphized the clock as a living god Continue reading Baudelaire and Dickinson: Religion for Moderns

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

The Myth of the Solitary Artist

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton, in a letter to Robert Hooke The idea of the solitary, isolated artistic genius is a myth. Consider the following two paintings about the Continue reading The Myth of the Solitary Artist

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

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?