A man’s face in the Kleenex? Grant Wood?

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I have a habit of seeing things that may or may not be there … visual references to art seem to come up on a regular basis. Like the time I saw a Notre Dame gargoyle in a messed-up hard-boiled egg … or Hokusai’s famous “Wave” print on the sidewalk … now I’m seeing a […]

Franz Kline would have liked this truck

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I saw this truck parked on Chartres Street in New Orleans, and my first thought was that the hood would make a great abstract expressionist painting. One might argue that it bears a slight resemblance to a Franz Kline painting – scroll down below the truck to see Kline’s painting “Buttress” from 1956. What do […]

Orange color field painting in West Orange, NJ

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I was out for a walk in my neighborhood in West Orange the other day, when I happened upon this industrial building (below left) which seems to have had a run-in with a color field painter. The term “Color Field painting” refers to a style within Abstract Expressionism, with prominent artists including Clyfford Still, Barnett […]

The influence of Mondrian reaching Cuba

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I had a chance to view the exhibition Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 at the Walker Art Center today, and it was a fascinating look at over 100 works spanning 65 years of Cuban art. One of the things I found interesting in the selection of artists for the show […]

iNaturalist, an app to try for those curious about the world

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When I read about an app called “iNaturalist,” which claims it can identify just about any wild animal, plant, or mushroom on sight, I was instantly intrigued and downloaded the app to my iPhone. iNaturalist was actually started as an online community for biologists and scientists back in 2008 by a number of students at […]

Images from South Sudan and Piet Mondrian

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The New York Times recently had a photo feature by Canadian documentary photographer Sara Hylton with pictures from Juba, in South Sudan. This picture of basketball players (below left) caught my attention for a couple reasons: #1, I’m a big fan of the sport of basketball, but more importantly, #2, it reminds me of Piet […]