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HELP MAKE A PLAYLIST: What song should accompany this 1951 Grandma Moses painting, July Fourth?

Time to #playartfully with music! Go here to leave your song recommendation for this July Fourth-themed playlist, or start your own art-inspired playlist by asking friends to suggest music that pairs with a favorite artwork.

    templecandy:

    HELP MAKE A PLAYLIST: What song should accompany this 1951 Grandma Moses painting, July Fourth?

    Time to #playartfully with music! Go here to leave your song recommendation for this July Fourth-themed playlist, or start your own art-inspired playlist by asking friends to suggest music that pairs with a favorite artwork.

    Posted on Monday, June 23rd 2014

    Reblogged from templecandy

    The thing is, most people most of the time are pretty blind. They move through the world scanning so as to make sure they don’t bump into anything, but not really looking.

    David Hockney

    A reminder to look at the world around us.

    Posted on Monday, June 23rd 2014

    Bejeweled and begrimed. Seductive yet repulsive. Marilyn Minter’s Strut, a dirty heel wearing a Dior stiletto, is enamel painted on metal.
Allison Harding, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Asian Art Museum, writes:

Despite the excesses of Minter’s work, I cannot stop staring at one small speck of grime on the larger-than-life heel. It is just under the fleshy, swollen fold of the skin right about where the ankle meets the heel. It looks wet, three-dimensional, and for reasons I cannot quite express, outright disgusting. I feel this filthy speck and it sends shivers down my spine, undoing the façade of glamorous. It is just too close to real life. Of course, this is exactly the point. Minter’s subject reminds us that, in the end even the most glamorous figure will be covered in dirt.


How do you respond to Strut? Is it beautiful? Revolting? Glamorous? Gorgeous? Or something else?


Gorgeous brings together the collections of the Asian Art Museum and SFMOMA. The exhibition, on view at the Asian Art Museum, explores the extremes and ambiguities of beauty, inviting viewers to draw their own conclusions.

    Bejeweled and begrimed. Seductive yet repulsive. Marilyn Minter’s Strut, a dirty heel wearing a Dior stiletto, is enamel painted on metal.

    Allison Harding, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Asian Art Museum, writes:

    Despite the excesses of Minter’s work, I cannot stop staring at one small speck of grime on the larger-than-life heel. It is just under the fleshy, swollen fold of the skin right about where the ankle meets the heel. It looks wet, three-dimensional, and for reasons I cannot quite express, outright disgusting. I feel this filthy speck and it sends shivers down my spine, undoing the façade of glamorous. It is just too close to real life. Of course, this is exactly the point. Minter’s subject reminds us that, in the end even the most glamorous figure will be covered in dirt.

    How do you respond to Strut? Is it beautiful? Revolting? Glamorous? Gorgeous? Or something else?

    Gorgeous brings together the collections of the Asian Art Museum and SFMOMA. The exhibition, on view at the Asian Art Museum, explores the extremes and ambiguities of beauty, inviting viewers to draw their own conclusions.

    Posted on Monday, June 23rd 2014

    See if your followers can follow your train of thought with today’s #PlayArtfully tiny game!

    See if your followers can follow your train of thought with today’s #PlayArtfully tiny game!

    Posted on Saturday, June 21st 2014

    What does ‘gorgeous’ mean to you?

    Tell us with #HelloGorgeous. And see the Gorgeous exhibition at the Asian Art Museum

    Posted on Saturday, June 21st 2014