• Cubism for the Holidays Fine Arts

    School of Paris Museum and Gallery Exhibitions

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 17th, 2014

    The School of Paris, particularly Picasso and Matisse, with sidebars on Georges Braque, Juan Gris and Fernand Leger are the heart and soul of museum and gallery exhibitions during the busy holiday season. These show provide invlauable insights to the issues of cubism and abstract art in the 20th century.

  • ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow – Guggenheim Museum, NY Fine Arts

    Otto Piene – Artist and Mensch

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Dec 17th, 2014

    The Guggenheim Museum in New York will close the ZERO exhibition on January 7, 2015. It is a comprehensive survey, highlighting more than 40 artists from 10 countries in Europe, South America and Japan. They were members of major artist groups and developments post WWII during the 1950s - 1960s.The second part of this article is dedicated to Otto Piene at CAVS/ MIT - and all who came to work or knew him and The Center.

  • Assisted Ready Made Word

    Between and Rock and a Hard Place

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 20th, 2014

    Long before knowing anything about art I made a Duchampian assisted ready made as a Christmas present for mom. She was thrilled at its invention but wondered what it was.

  • The Heart Is Not a Metaphor at MoMA Fine Arts

    Made Readymades by Robert Gober

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 19th, 2014

    The merry Dada prankster Marcel Duchamp changed the definitions of art with his Found Objects, Ready Mades and Assisted Readymades. The Robert Gober show at MoMA requires a new category, Made Readymades.

  • Kara Walker Afterword Fine Arts

    Outtakes of Giant Sugar Sphinx at Sikkema Jenkins

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 19th, 2014

    At the age of 28 Kara Walker won a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Now middle aged she has enjoyed success with work focusing on ante bellum slavery and more recently the triangle trade in slaves, molasses and rum. Our critique about her show at Sikkema Jenkins Gallery has more to do with marginal execution than its polemical subject matter.

  • Christmas Shopping Word

    Diamond as Big as the Ritz

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 20th, 2014

    Mom and Dad had different approaches to Christmas Shopping. She started in August and took months to build up a secret stash. He was strictly last minute and never could find the time. Gifts of cash and booze pre wrapped.

  • Trimming the Tree Word

    Let their be light

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 20th, 2014

    None but the fullest, fattest and most beautiful tree would do. A special place out on Route 9 at an open air market. Nuts and tangerines. Bought the tree on Saturday and trimmed it all day Sunday.

  • Woolworth's Word

    Pleasure and Pain

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 20th, 2014

    With my tiny allowance shopped for cheap Christmas presents at Woolworth's Fin e and Dime. Perfume for Mom and wind up cars for sister Pip. Then disaster struck.

  • Stops Word

    As Though From an Elevator

    By: Stephen Rifkin - Dec 20th, 2014

    Struggling with a winter cold Stephen Rifkin rallied to enter our esteemed Elevator Poem contest. A volume of his verse was published last fall.

  • Thank You Archimedes Word

    Short History of Elevators

    By: Mark St. Germain - Dec 20th, 2014

    Our playwright friend Mark St. Germain likes to research what he writes about. Here is a scholarly and amusing addition to our ongoing Elevator Poem contest.

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