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Overnight: Tennyson: The Lady of Shalott

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I consider this video a real find: Tennyson, Loreena McKennitt, pre-Raphaelite artists including Waterhouse, who painted the image above:

Alfred, Lord Tennyson Wiki

The Lady of Shalott Wiki

John William Waterhouse Wiki

Wiki for the Tate Gallery

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Overnight: Did Vermeer Use a Camera Obscura to Paint?

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Vermeer movie

The embed from YouTube below is of a trailer created to advertise the movie 'Tim's Vermeer', a documentary directed by Penn Jillette.

Here's the Sony website. Tim's Vermeer

It's a fascinating story. I can't wait to see the film.

The Guardian, however, was not impressed, but so what? I am!
Guardian Review

The Guardian has missed the point, I feel. It's an amazing accomplishment by Tim Jenison even if it is not 'a Vermeer'.

See for yourself (and be sure to check out the this Boing Boing website about the film as well:
Vermeer

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When is art too risky or offensive to display? You tell me.

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controversial art

As regular readers already know, I worked for years as an artist, an actor, and a comedienne; my husband is a TV producer, my father-in-law, parents, and grandparents are/were all visual and/or musical and/or written-word artists. So our backgrounds and careers are all steeped in the arts, which is why I balk when people start deciding what is, and what isn't art.

I came across a very interesting piece at HuffPo, and I'd love to see what you guys think. Is this piece at The Cincinnati Art Museum too controversial? IMHO, it's not, because it's "provocative" art, not "real life." It's an artist's conception, his representation of life, ideas, impressions, sensibilities. It's... art.

But again, let's see what you think.

Via Martha Rosenberg, investigative reporter and award-winning author:

[A] a display at the Cincinnati Art Museum by conceptual artist Todd Pavlisko is igniting similar debate. Crown, which opened on March 15, consists of a 36-inch brass cube with 19 holes in a plexiglass case with eight flat-screens flanking visitors as they approach the cube. What is so controversial about that? The audio and video on the flat-screens record, in slow motion, the firing of a Tactical 308 rifle by a sharpshooter within the walls of the Cincinnati Art Museum which is how the cube came to sustain its holes. Nineteen bullets were fired by a Navy SEAL in 2012 past masterpieces in the museum's Schmidlapp Gallery like Warhol's "Soup Can" and Duveneck's "Whistling Boy." [...]

The rifle became an actual"drawing tool" says Pavlisko and the sharpshooter's use of physics to place each bullet on the brass cube are part of the artistic statement. [...]

While the Cincinnati Art Museum had to get city permission for creation of Crown and patrons and employees were not present during the shooting, the exhibition continues to draw antipathy.

Regular readers also know that I'm no fan of guns. I detest gun violence. However, if I lived in the area, I'd have no problem going to this exhibit without getting all worked up into a lather. Then again, I'm one of those crazy, radical artistic types who believes in free expression of ideas, both abstract and literal, visual and written. I say go for it.

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"Folk artist" GW Bush tries to "wash away the stain of two wars": Doonesbury

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gw bush paintings nudes via Gawker

In a previous post, GW Bush was quoted as saying, "I'm not a great artist." He left out "con." Please note, we didn't omit the C word, he did.

The brilliant cartoonist Garry Trudeau picked up where that post left off, this time zapping "folk artist" GW Bush and his latest attempts to deflect from-- or rather, paint over-- his abysmal failures and "the stain of two wars."

Note to Bush: Not only have you failed at those attempts as you have with nearly every other endeavor you've undertaken, but Iraq is still a violent mess and Iran is stronger thanks to your efforts. Way to go, "Champion of Democracy."

Trudeau neglected to mention the absence of W's most commonly used artistic materials: dried macaroni and glitter pasted onto paper plates. But he easily compensated by noting that GW Bush's "outsider art" was produced by an insider. And by insider, he surely meant war criminal.

Trudeau also skewered W's very special relationships with former Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, and his soul mate, current Russian president, Vladimir Putin. What stellar judgment the Artist Formerly Known as Dumbya had. Dick Cheney couldn't be prouder of his former vice president, er, president.

It's time to join Doonesbury on a tour of said "outsider art" at the Bush Presidential [sic] Library:

doonesbury GW Bush paintings

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GW Bush: "I'm not a great artist." He left out "con."

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gw bush paintings nudes via Gawker

GW Bush and his band of (alleged) war criminals conned gullible Americans into believing that Iraq had something to do with the September 11, 2001 attacks, and that the torture they swore they didn't practice was nothing more than "enhanced interrogation." Well, they didn't con everyone, but they still got away with murder, literally:

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Now GW Bush is diverting attention from his horrific time in office to his newest passion, painting. Here's George Bush and his daughter Jenna Heh heh heh-ing through a tour of some of his newly unveiled work. Pay no attention to his former swaggery warmonger persona. Apparently it's been replaced with Mr. Stepford:

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What, no finger painting? No dried macaroni and glitter pasted onto paper plates? Who knows, maybe he ate the paste.

At about 1:03 he admits to painting one self-portrait that resembles Alfred E. Newman. Hey, he said it, we didn't. Okay, we did:

george w. bush what me worry The NationThen he and Jenna discussed Daddy Dearest's relationship with Vladimir Putin. Ironically, this is what Bush said at about 3:00 in response to Vlad's bragging about his own "bigger, stronger and faster" pet (via The Hill):

"Wow. Anybody who thinks, 'My dog is bigger than your dog' is an interesting character."

Wow. Anybody who thinks, "My country is bigger than your country so let's invade, kill, and torture" is an interesting character.

He also said that painting "opened my mind." He must have meant, "opened what's left of my mind," assuming, of course, that he ever had one.

And soon after that comment, he admitted, "I'm not a great artist." He left out "con." See, despite his best efforts to pull one over on America, he and the rest of BushCo were exposed for who they are. Plus, with the revelations of the soon-to-be-declassified CIA Torture Report making their way into the headlines, the paint will really hit the fan.

He followed his "I'm not a great artist" with, "As you know, I'm a driven person" (at 4:07). Not only was he was driven to invade countries that never attacked us, but also to draw "stick figure characters," per Mrs. GW Bush, describing Artist George's early app-inspired creative efforts. Stick figures. How typically simple. How ap(p)t.

Jenna: "His man cave was transformed into an art studio."

Again, how ironic: Jenna used the "cave" word. CNN, August 24, 2002:

AMANPOUR: And, of course, as we've been saying, the focus is on finding Osama bin Laden.

BUSH: In terms of Mr. bin Laden himself, we'll get him running. We'll smoke him out of his cave and we'll get him eventually.

Now it's our turn.

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Overnight: Living LIke God in France: St. Paul de Vence

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Germans have an expression for living very well.  It's 'living like God in France'.  When you see small French medieval towns like Saint-Paul-de-Vence which, except for the tourist shops, look very much as they must have when they were founded in the Middle Ages (in this case, the 9th century), it's easy to understand why.

Not far from Nice, it's home to the Fondation Maeght Museum of Modern Art, alone worth a visit to the French Riviera and this small town.  Learn more about Fondation Maeght here.

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Overnight: Renoir - Private life of a Masterpiece (BBC Documentary)

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Renoir

From the 'About' section on YouTube:

Bal du moulin de la Galette (commonly known as Dance at Le moulin de la Galette) is an 1876 painting by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It is housed at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and is one of Impressionism's most celebrated masterpieces. The painting depicts a typical Sunday afternoon at Moulin de la Galette in the district of Montmartre in Paris. In the late 19th century, working class Parisians would dress up and spend time there dancing, drinking, and eating galettes into the evening.
Like other works of Renoir's early maturity, Bal du moulin de la Galette is a typically Impressionist snapshot of real life. It shows a richness of form, a fluidity of brush stroke, and a flickering light.

More on this BBC documentary here.

Incidentally, 'moulin' = "mill"/ A "galette" is (from the Wiki) " a term used in French cuisine to designate various types of flat round or freeform crusty cakes similar in concept to a Chinese bing. "

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