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  • Sublimating Text into Image & Image into Text

    Pictorializing the Linear Barcode Symbology at Berkshire Artist Museum

    Henriquez
    By: Robert Henriquez - Jul 01st, 2015

    The art historian, Keith Shaw, has organized That '70s Show which is part one of a Then and Now project for the Berkshire Artist Museum in North Adams, Mass. He asked 15 artists to exhibit selections from some 40 years ago as well as their current work. In the case of Robert Henriquez his single piece is both Then and Now. The concept was conceived in the 1970s but it it only recently that digital programming has progressed sufficiently to realize a singular work of art. This research and technology has resulted in a stunning work of museum level quality.

  • Nudie's of Hollywood

    Gonzo Rhinestone Cowboy

    Nudie
    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 24th, 2015

    The orange suit with bolero jacket and rhinestone designs was made for a one hit wonder who never picked it up. Since it was a perfect fit Nudie, the designer of the stars, made me an offer I could not refuse. Wearing it always resulted in total gonzo adventures.

  • Kerouac

    On the Road in Barcelona

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 23rd, 2015

    Alone in Barcelona reading On the Road.

  • Null

    La Vida Loca

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - Jun 22nd, 2015

    Taking a chill pill.

  • Tarzan

    Swingers in the Berkshires

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 22nd, 2015

    A reunion this summer in the Berkshire church that Ray and Alice made famous. This time though I won't be swinging on the rope. Planning to keep both feet on the ground.

  • Hook

    Abstract Art

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 22nd, 2015

    Cracking the code of complex concepts for most people it helps to have a humanizing hook. What is the anecdote and eureka moment that allows us to connect with daunting aesthetics and technologies? It is the sizzle which enhances the flavor of the steak.

  • Cancer

    Panic Attack

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 20th, 2015

    My mom, Dr. Flynn, had an instant cure for cancer of the elbows.

  • Son of a Beach

    Screw Skull and Bones

    By: Pursuing Fame and Fortune - Jun 19th, 2015

    Time was when parents bragged about their kids getting into Ivy League Schools then on to law, medicine or an MBA. Not anymore.

  • Hosta la Vista Baby

    Morning Manta

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 17th, 2015

    Never met a hosta I didn't like; the vinyl siding of landscape gardening. We have a number of varieties. Each spring some of them split to start new ones. Circles around trees and dramatic accents in flower beds. My favorite is viewed each morning over coffee from our dining room window. Last year critters got to it and ruined my summer meditations.

  • Under the Apple Tree

    Backyard Wedding in East Boston

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 17th, 2015

    We hired our neighbor Ritchie, a chef, to prepare food for our backyard East Boston wedding. The inept students I hired never bothered to turn on the oven. They were too busy being guests. So we served the backup lasagna I made that morning. Then I got dissed by my best man and sister. It was quite the occasion.

  • Fireworks

    First Kiss Fourth of July

    Astrid
    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 17th, 2015

    Circling each other in the art world connected at CAVS event. Came late to my holiday party new house in East Boston. First date and kiss that week. Fireworks then and ever since.

  • June

    From Town to Country

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 17th, 2015

    Migrant workers. The annual move from loft in North Adams to house in Adams. Summer and winter just minutes from each other. Odd to some makes perfect sense. Seasonal chores of planting flower and vegetable beds. Hopes of harvest and bouquets in the house. Glorious life in the bucolic Berkshires.

  • Basment Tapes

    Tales from the Crypt of the MFA

    MFA
    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 16th, 2015

    During my recent book launch at The Mount my friend private art dealer Jim Jacobs regaled playwright Mark St. Germain with stories of our time together as interns in the Museum of Fine Arts back in the 1960s. At Mark's suggestion this has now inspired a suite of poems gathered as The Basement Tapes. It is my first attempt to create an extended work an idea which previously was suggested by my poet friend and mentor Stephen Rifkin

  • ICA Boston to Survey Black Mountain College

    Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 16th, 2015

    When the rise of the Third Reich led to closing the Bauhaus in 1933 the architect Walter Gropius and his wife the weaver. artist Anni regrouped in rural North Carolina to establish a small experimental outpost for advanced art and design Black Mountain College. The faculty and students were intended to build their dorms and studios as well as grow their food and raise livestock. Never having a solid endowment the experiment ended in 1957. Gropius went on to Harvard and the rest of the faculty scattered. The impact on post war American arts was indelible. Organized by former curator Helen Molesworth this promises to be one of the most ambitious and informative exhibitions of the fall season. It will be on view in Boston Oct. 10, 2015 to Jan. 24, 2016 and then travel to LA and Columbus, Ohio.

  • Hippy

    Stranger Than Fiction

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 15th, 2015

    Old men in the waiting room comparing aches and pains. First thing in the morning appointment for cortisone shot. Checking e mail. Note from a colleague updated on postponed hip replacements.

  • Francesco Clemente's Encampment at Mass MoCA

    With Jim Shaw to January, 2016

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 13th, 2015

    During the Pluralism of the 1980s the Italian born artist Francesco Clemente was a part of the neo expressionist movement. Having recently reinvented himself the artist who lives in New York and India had a series of glitzy decoratve tents fabricated by artisans. The artist has painted the interiors with provocative, fluid, naive narratives. This imajor installtion in Mass MoCA's vast Building Five has been paired with the cartoon inspired, theatrical scaled paintings of the populist artist./ musician conceptualist Jim Shaw. The work is obviously fun and accessible but skates on thin ice.

  • Northern Berkshires Blockbuster Arts Summer

    From Warhol and Wilco to van Gogh and Inge

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 14th, 2015

    Now in his final weeks as director of the Clark Art Institute Michael Conforti hosted a media event promoting a blockbuster season for Northern Berkshire County. There were presentations by Joe Thompson for Mass MoCA, Tina Olsen for the Williams College Museum of Art, and Mandy Greenfield for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Notably absent from the media event were North Adams based arts presenters Downstreet, The Eclipse Mill Gallery, The Rudd Museum of Art and the fall annual Williamstown Film Festival.

  • The Mount

    Booklaunch at Edith Wharton's Berkshire Home

    Mount
    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 10th, 2015

    On a perfect June evening a booklaunch, my first, on the terrace of Edith Wharton's The Mount in Lenox. Witty exchanges with director Susan Wissler. Reading Gonzo poems from Shards of Life. Elegant gathering with Berkshire friends and neighbors, artists, writers and citizens of the world. Superb food and fine wine. Guests exploring the formal gardens. Signed a ton of books.

  • Eric Rudd Announces for North Adams Mayor

    Artist/ Developer Runs Against Incumbent Alcombright

    By: Eric Rudd - May 15th, 2015

    After establishing the former Contemporary Artists Center in the Beaver Mill the artist, Eric Rudd, developed the artists/ loft Eclipse Mill. He is now announcing his second campaign for mayor. The first some time ago was against John Barrett III and now he opposes Mayor Dick Alcombright. It is speculated that Barrett, who after being defeated sat on the city council, may join the race. The artists and potential voters who Rudd appeals to tipped the balance when Alcombright defeated Barrett. In fact he blamed them for running him out of a generation spanning dominance of North Adams politics. This could indeed be interesting.

  • John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden in Metabookâ„¢

    New Digital Book Publisher Puts a New Spin on a Modern Classic

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 03rd, 2015

    The publishing conundrum. How to attract readers tied to their mobile devices and induce them to read a book. Ken Siman and his partners Christian and Benjamin Alfonsi have produced a packed multimedia edition of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil for iphones and ipads. Is this the answer to book reading in the 21st century?

  • Where Does Grand Opera Fit in the 21st Century

    Peter Gelb is Not Answering the Question

    Met
    By: Susan Hall - Mar 19th, 2015

    The New Yorker editor and Columbia's Bloomberg professor of business journalism, James Stewart, splendidly describes internal negotiations at the Met last summer as Peter Gelb, the general manager, tried to cut salaries and expenses by 16 % and the orchestra, chorus, stagehands and other smaller unions struggled for their lives. On the larger issue of the Met's survival at all, Stewart falls short.

  • A Tale of Two Halides

    Empty Calorie, Mineral Deficient, Low Fiber, Nutritionally \Non-dense Food

    By: Jimmy Midnight - Mar 03rd, 2015

    Among other insights our science correspondent reveals that "Forty and fifty years ago, Iodine, in the form of Sodium Iodate, was routinely added to American bakery products, both as a dough conditioner and a nutritional supplement. Then, of course because it was cheaper, Big Food started adding Bromates instead. These not only contain no Iodine, but are also capable of displacing it. Our FDA likes to say that all the Bromates (which are banned in the EU and UK) in dough will become the less-toxic Bromides in the processes of flour “ripening,” rising, and baking.'" It is likely that you didn't know that.

  • How We Live

    Thinking of Yeats

    By: Stephen Rifkin - Feb 18th, 2015

    Our friend the poet Stephen Rifkin often sends insightful and provocative e mails. It has been an ongoing and absorbing dialogue. I asked if he could expand a recent one into an op ed piece. Looking inward he was inspired by Yeats.

  • Euro English

    Toward Universal Language

    By: Euro - Feb 09th, 2015

    The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

  • Mariffa

    The Country That Embraces Knowledge.

    zaig
    By: David Zaig - Feb 06th, 2015

    “The currently dominant worldview is in opposition to a gradually emerging new holistic worldview of interconnectedness and oneness.” Thomas Kuhn.

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