"In spectacle, narrative may play a part, conflict may be an appendage, but spectacle’s heart is transformation, and its food is poetry."
"Trash," according to Sabine Folie, chief curator at the Kunsthalle in Vienna, "has become a transcendental necessity." Folie, about whom I know nothing other than her absolutely perfect name, is writing in the catalogue of "'Dear Painter, Paint me...,'" an exhibition that recently toured Europe and included work by John Currin, the fly speck of a painter who has been stuck in many a New Yorker's eye since his mid-career retrospective opened at the Whitney Museum in November.
Ath-bhliain fe mhaise dhuit!!!!
i.e. HAPPY NEW YEARS (IN GAELIC)
NOW I AM GOING TO WORK ON,,,,SHPREKKIN' DE GUD ENGLISH!!!!
Below is my last weekend's schedule which started off the New Years off in sunny Tarpon Springs Florida, after shoveling snow here in the freezing hills of Putnam Valley, NY.
It was a wonderful concert, from Mozart and Bach to Scott Joplin and Duke Ellington. I hadn't been to Tarpon Springs since the winter of 1936-37 when I went to the first grade in Passagrille Florida, so seventy years later, it was nice to make a comeback!!!
The problem of the theologian is to keep his symbol translucent
so that it may not block out the very light it is supposed to convey.
- Joseph Campbell
Originally posted December 15, 2005 -- I attended a panel discussion the other day, "Local Engagement: Museum Curators Speak" which featured four "younger" curators (although they weren't all young, and some had been in their posts for a number of years) as part of the ongoing "Artists At Work" series sponsored by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs under Barbara Koenen's capable supervision. (Check out their excellent website, here,)
Rauschenberg's Combines/The Metropolitan Museum of Art/December 30, 2005