• Artist Rafael Mahdavi

    School of Paris

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 17th, 2016

    With family in Wellesley the artist Rafael Mahdavi commuted to a studio in the Marais arrondissement of Paris. He is fluent in several languages including Farsi and has had numerous exhibitions in Europe and America. In 2000 we met in his Paris studio to plan a tandem of exhibitions for New England School of Art & Design/ Suffolk University as well as Boston's French Library. With a shoestring budget we shipped large paintings to and from Paris rolled in a tube sent by Fed Ex as table cloths. This was a means of avoiding prohibitive French taxes. Sight Unseen proved to be an ambitious and insightful international exhibition.

  • Dissent

    Unearthing Ruins

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 17th, 2016

    From the bonfire of dead art rises the hope of new ideas. One must destroy, refuse to obey, not follow in the footsteps in order to find a true self. In art that's all the matters for which it is specious to expect praise or understanding. Tear down temples and museums in order to rebuild them. The only relevance is art of our time and what comes next.

  • Future Shock

    Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 18th, 2016

    Vivid memories as a child during the war years of the 1940s. Yet what happened yesterday or even an hour ago at best a blur. So much of life, time and memory under my belt. Both sharply etched and well defined as well as utter chaos. Looking back and trying to make sense of a life lived with an eye to tomorrow.

  • Steeple Town Minus One

    Knocking the Spire Off St. Francis

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 19th, 2016

    Finger pointing. The blame game. Vacant since 2008 St. Francis of Assisi fell into disrepair. Once condemned as a hazard razed to the concern and shame of a city once so proud of faith that it was known as Steeple Town. Now minus one.

  • Twin Lights

    Room with a View

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 25th, 2016

    Visiting ancestral turf in Gloucester researching Nugents of Rockport. From our room a view of the historic Twin Lights. There ancient lights and lenses long dismantled. One in Cape Ann Museum the other dashed to rocks below by indifferent blokes from the Coast Guard. Lights now automated as signifiers of direspect for the colorful past.

  • Breakwater

    Rockport Granite

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 26th, 2016

    My grandfather, James Flynn, was a saloon keeper and bootlegger. His family settled in Canada and worked the quarries. To find work they made their way first to New Hampshire then to Rockport. The helped to cut the granite that was used to construct the vast breakwater that shelters Sandy Bay from the damage of winter storms.

  • Rockport

    Footsteps of Nugent Ancestors

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 26th, 2016

    A bright sunny Monday morning in Rockport the ancestral home of the Nugent clan. On the cusp of the summer season there were just a few gawkers scattered about.

  • Good Harbor Beach

    Bordering Rockport's Nugent Stretch

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 26th, 2016

    Great Uncle George Nugent's vast pig farm included Gloucester's Good Harbor Beach. After lawsuits that went on for years the city got it for a pittance. Then a lawyer who landed in jail cheated his heirs of their inheritance. On the priceless land developers created Nugent Farms a condo village. Only the name remains of the family legacy.

  • Little Lobster Boat

    Encounter By the Sea

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - May 27th, 2016

    This poem was inspired by contemplating a little lobster boat. From there to the cosmic and beyond.

  • Bob Driscoll of Gloucester

    Merchant and Masterpieces

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 27th, 2016

    Bob Driscoll was wearing bling when we chatted in his Gloucester shop. It seems he sold it that morning on line. Lifting up a huge pile of sweaters he said "Just 20 bucks. I have rugby shirts in your size." Back in the day he designed simple but iconic poster's for friend Steve Nelson's rock club the Boston Tea Party.

  • Vacuum Cleaner

    Vibrant Medicinal Cocktail

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 27th, 2016

    Worn out from Holiday traffic at the end of the road I needed a stiff one. End of season, the summer move next week, the stash was just about gone. Just a bit of rum from egg nog season and for a mixer, yikes, the only option was prune juice. But what the heck this new concoction, The Vacuum Cleaner, was not bad and good for what ails you.

  • Gloucester Poet Charles Olson

    Maximus to the Max

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 27th, 2016

    Dealing with my ancestral Gloucester heritage Charles Olson and his Maximus Poems are a hard act to follow.

  • Red Scare

    Trump Rallies Brown Shirts

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 30th, 2016

    Thoughts on Memorial Day remembering those that gave their lives for democracy. The menace of Trump recalling McCarthyism and the Red Scare of the the 1950s when I was a kid. He is striving to make America greatly divided again.

  • Trump's Name Game

    Have You No Sense of Decency

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 30th, 2016

    A master of marketing Donald Strumpet has devastating zingers for those who oppose him. Naming is knowing in this game of dirty tricks.

  • Greylock Greenhouse

    Planting Annuals

    By: c - May 30th, 2016

    Brutal hot on Memorial Day. Picking up annuals at the greenhouse. Conversation resumed where it left off a year ago.

  • Transportation

    Fishing Sucks

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - May 13th, 2016

    Beat up bike best for getting around.

  • Encyclopedia vs. Wikipedia

    Knowledge as Trash Talk

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 13th, 2016

    During the Age of Enlightenment the French philosophes, Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d'Alembert, attempted to commission, edit and compile a number of essays gathered into the first Encyclopedia. Our set of the Encylopedia Britannica was a daunting marvel of my youth. It was there to consult as I plodded through school assignments. Now it's all on line. Once a treasure my precious encylopedia is reduced to trash. It's broad shelf space is replaced by a computer and cell phone.

  • Amalfi Coast

    To Catch a Thief

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 18th, 2016

    The cliff line drive, high above the Mediterranean, from Sorrento to Amalfi is spectacular but terrifying. It was the setting for the enduring Hitchcock film To Catch a Thief (1955) which paired Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. She later quit Hollywood to marry Prince Rainier and share the rule of the tiny Monaco. The Princess was 52 when she died on September 14, 1982, a day after suffering a stroke while driving, causing her to crash. Her daughter Stephanie survived the accident.

  • Watson and the Shark

    Conflating Havana and Boston Harbor

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 20th, 2016

    During a celebration of Tall Ships ancient square riggers anchored in Boston Harbor. It inspired conflating the setting the dramatic Copley masterpiece Watson and the Shark. The event occurred in Havana but it has been reenacted in Boston. Copley created three versions of the amputation which has now been upgraded.

  • Brandenburger Tor

    When the Circus Came to Town

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 20th, 2016

    Visiting Berlin some years ago we stayed at the apartment of Horst and Bettina Hiemer the actor cousin of Astrid. From the balcony of their apartment we looked down at Cirque de Soleil a short distance from the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of the city.

  • Royal Flush

    Grouse Hunting at Balmoral

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 21st, 2016

    I was just eight when that other Charles was born. From then on he seemed like a younger brother. Over the years in the darkest hours we have roamed the highlands during holidays at Balmoral Castle. Now seniors we wonder when or if he will be King.

  • Alpine Hotel

    View of Central Park

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 21st, 2016

    Come Labor Day, back from Boston, gallery gig started. In transition stayed in hot sheet Alpine Hotel at Columbus Circle. From its eventual penthouse awoke to view of Central Park.

  • Stonehenge

    Great Circle of Stones

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 21st, 2016

    The great circle of stones vividly evoke pre-Christian Britain when Druids worshiped the gods in harmony with earth and the passage of time.

  • Royals in the News

    Prince Dead All Hail the Queen

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 21st, 2016

    A bitter sweet day of Royals in the news. Champagne toasts for the Queen now 90. Posed with her brood. While the artist known as Prince pronounced dead at 57.

  • Guggenheim Installs Golden Potty

    All That Glitters Is Not Art

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 22nd, 2016

    In the current art world nothing succeeds like excess. The venerable Guggenheim Museum has installed a golden potty an alleged work of art by Maurizio Cattelan. In the Dada tradition of Duchamp it appeals to New Yorkers sitting on the throne who believe their shit is gold.

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