David Byrd – a treasure trove of art

Wish I had been in Seattle for the show of David Byrd's paintings -- he is an amazing artist who has been laboring for decades without showing his work, just recording the world around him.  Seattle's PBS program, Art Zone, has a link to a 10-mn video about him which is well worth watching -- … Continue reading David Byrd – a treasure trove of art

between mental and physical realities

This is a fascinating glimpse into an artist, mostly self-taught, who recorded the world around him year after year after year.  David Byrd's  home is full of canvases that were seen 'publicly' for the first time by Andrea Hull's camera and in a show a neighbor and fellow artist, Jody Isaacson, helped bring about.  What particularly … Continue reading between mental and physical realities

Frames rule

Slap a piece of wood around a painting, and you've created a border  -- a signal that the viewer is leaving one kind of space and moving into another.  Carve and gild that border and you're declaring that what is inside is special, very special. And sometimes the frame itself can grow so exuberant, so … Continue reading Frames rule

On reflection/s

At a weekend retreat with graduate students of NYU's  Steinhardt School of Education --  I had absolutely no business being there except that a wonderful graduate student who worked for Neil Postman invited me -- there was a PhD candidate who had researched the cultural history of  glass.  When people figured out how to make large panes … Continue reading On reflection/s

Samurai beauty

If anyone knew how to express both pageantry and lethality it was the Edo period Samurai  -- as a show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, amply demonstrates.  The headline the WSJ gave my review says it all: "Dressed to Kill in Peacetime." Much of their fearsome beauty is due to the textures and rhythm of … Continue reading Samurai beauty