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 […]

Not the famous LOVE, but it’s still LOVE in New Orleans

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I’m sure most people are familiar with artist Robert Indiana’s “LOVE” art works, including the sculpture (below left) which resides on 6th Avenue in New York City, and the painting (below right) on canvas, which resides in the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Scroll down for the “LOVE” I saw in New Orleans. I saw this […]

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 […]

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 […]

Finding an opportunity in news photography to pay homage to Robert Frank

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A while back there was a story in the New York Times titled “The Rohingya Who Made It to Chicago,” about a group of Muslims who had been persecuted in Myanmar finding a new home in Chicago. One of the photographs accompanying the story, by photographer Ali Lapetina, grabbed my attention. The image below shows […]

Pick up an imitation Klimt at the furniture store

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I was recently doing some furniture shopping, and had my attention grabbed by this large scale imitation Gustav Klimt, hanging over a white leather sofa. At first I thought it was a composite image, as the two figures on the right looked like a variation on the famous “Kiss” painting. But a little more research […]