The windows of the La Patrie building at 180 Saint Catherine Street East in Montreal, which is hosting the Fresh Paint pop-up gallery exhibiting graffiti art, reveal a series of jazz greats depicted with hagiographic reverence by artist Miss Me. Walk by to see Billie Holiday (holding a scroll with the lyrics to “Strange Fruit“), [...]
The last comment in the above interview with artist Peter McGough about beauty’s place in art and life, about beauty’s role in “trying to make a life for yourself,” reminded me of what Alan Balfour wrote in his 1978 book Rockefeller Center: Architecture as Theater: Hitler, according to Albert Speer’s interpretation, appears to have waged war [...]
Four years ago, I had the privilege of staying with the Chinese artist Jin Xingshi at his home in Tokyo, where his work has been exhibited at the National Art Center. Living between Beijing and Tokyo, Mr. Jin paints using various media, but he is at his best in the realm of traditional Chinese [...]
This beautiful portrait (which you can find here) of the Zhanghuai Empress, first wife of the Zhenzong Emperor of the Song Dynasty, not only demonstrates the glory of Chinese painting but also that of Chinese textile arts. Notice the amazing makeup on the Empress’ face. The portrait hangs in the National Palace Museum in Taipei.
My grandfather bore a striking resemblance to Benito Mussolini in physique and temperament. The apartment building my grandfather built in Rome in the early 1960’s where my family spent its summers is in the rationalist district of Rome il Duce had built as the failed ‘universal exhibition’ of 1942. I eventually realized how suitable this [...]