All through the show of Abelardo Morell's photographs at the High Museum in Atlanta, I kept thinking I could hear the artist mumbling, whispering... "I know how the camera obscura works, well, what if… "...I used a room instead of a box... "And you know how books conjure images? What if... "Now, what if I … Continue reading Fascinating what if’s…
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
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
a while back, I announced that Andrea Hull and I would be launching the AA/WV blog focused on writing + video about contemporary art from Asia in America... well, what Andrea and I realized as we researched this was that what really truly interested us was exploring the mediums by which we communicate about art. … Continue reading Alive!…?
Just read a great review of Jerry Uelsmann's show the Peabody Essex Museum -- I know, I know, the review is dated February. So I am slow. But in a way I am glad because by the time I read William Myers's review I had seen "The Mind's Eye: 50 Years of Photography By Jerry … Continue reading photography makes the surreal look…real
The Dart Society is amazing -- it supports journalists, photographers and editors who inform us about trauma and violence in its myriad forms and who do it sensitively and non-sensationally. I learned about them when a journalist called me up a couple of years ago and asked if I would second her nomination of Clara … Continue reading Powerful stories
Truth -- or rather, expressing the truth is such a slippery thing. When I was writing my review of "Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road" at the Getty Center, I ended up looking at lots of 19th-century photographs. What struck me was how some resorted to lying in order to tell the … Continue reading LYING TO TELL THE TRUTH